Interview: Melancholy

Brighton Fringe award winners, Certain Dark Things, invite you to spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife... but at what cost?

We do like to experiment with our performances and Melancholy is no different

Name Certain Dark Things Theatre Company

Show Melancholy

Tell us a bit about yourself

Certain Dark Things are an emerging physical theatre company that create fantastical and imaginative performances. We like to combine different styles of performance, push boundaries and experiment to create shows for people that like the impossible.

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

'Melancholy' is the story of an inventor that is torn apart by the passing of his wife and decides to re-create her. We use a medley of puppetry, animation and physical theatre to tell the story of this man's journey through his grief. It may sound like a very sad story, but it's full of heartwarming moments and comedy.

Why did you decide to perform your show at the Brighton Fringe?

We performed our first ever show, The Girl Who Cannot Die, at Brighton Fringe last year and had such a fantastic time that we couldn't wait to come back! We had great audiences last year and won a Brighton Fringe Award, so we didn't want to miss an opportunity to return, it's such a wonderful and vast festival and we are very excited to be involved again.

What makes your show different?

We do like to experiment with our performances and Melancholy is no different. Although the theme of grief is easy to relate to for most people, the show is very 'otherworldly' and packed full of innovative movement and puppetry.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

We feel like this a show that everyone can enjoy and relate to, and as a physical theatre piece people from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures will be able to experience the show without any language barriers.

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Don't be afraid to take risks!

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

We're really looking forward to seeing what Actors of Dionysus do with their production Helen. We're always excited to see re-imagined classics and this production looks fantastic!

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most about your show?

Our puppet is real people-pleaser! But apart from her, we hope that our audiences really enjoy watching something that's different and getting to experience a mixture of different styles.

Melancholyis appearing at The Warren:Theatre Box, 2-5 Jun 20:30