Going To Space: Block

Broadway Baby and Duncan Ellis, director of Block, have a little chat.

It’s a great experience and it’s been three years since our last Edinburgh show; we were due a return.

Tell us about your show

It’s a self–written show with a semi-regular cast; it has songs and follows the fortunes of the Block family, led by dad Ray, benevolent patriarch and incorrigible scamster and petty criminal. It’s loosely a satire on how we (as in, the arts) present class, character development, crime and violence, and on mediation as a whole.

Why did you decide to take your show to Space UK this year?

It’s a great experience and it’s been three years since our last Edinburgh show; we were due a return.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?

Seeing all the brilliant, strange, new theatre groups and plays that you never catch in one place anywhere else.

What makes your show unique amongst the thousands of others at the festival?

It has an unusual structure – one that I hope that works! Essentially the audience should think they’re watching one type of narrative (and theme), and it should gradually become apparent they’re watching something completely different. That’s the idea anyway! I don’t know how unique that makes it…

What has been the biggest challenge in getting your show ready for Edinburgh?

My cast are all ex-students of mine, so coordinating their own busy schedules with mine is always a challenge…

What’s the main thing you want to get out of the festival this year?

A sense of momentum and progress, so we go back to our own (West Country) community with a bit more in our locker.

Production Company: Noonday Demons Theatre Company

Venue: The Space on the Mile

Dates: Aug 7-8, 10-15

Twitter Handle: @noondaydemons

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