​Interview: Transgendered Shakespeare

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers a preview of the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows.

If you mess up a line, go with it! The audience doesn’t have the script so how would they know?

Name Rory and Simon Waterfield

Show Transgendered Shakespeare

Tell us a bit about yourself

A father and child wondering how to communicate about transgender issues. Both finding their own way by collaborating in this project from the writing to the performance

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

Simon: It’s a 2-hander, father and child musing on and discussing how trans issues affect themselves and the family. There is multimedia visuals and music, and of course Shakespeare’s wonderful language to assist in the discussions. It’s funny, sad, uplifting and life affirming.

Rory: It’s a lot of monologues from him while I take the piss out of what he’s saying using memes. Then we talk, eventually, it gets a bit intense.

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

Simon: I performed The Kilted Tommy here last year and it seemed a good, exiting and vibrant event at which to premier it

Rory: Dad did the Kilted Tommy last year, and Brighton Fringe seemed like the perfect place for this piece.

What makes your show different?

Simon: Not many people will openly air their views and feelings on the subject, the approach with the multimedia and Shakespeare is certainly unique. However we are the ONLY father and child who has seen the need to write and perform this.

Rory: Memes?

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

Simon: Anyone with an interest in LGBT issues, anyone inside a family, anyone who enjoys theatre

Rory: Meme enthusiasts

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Simon: Check your flies before you go on stage

Rory: If you mess up a line, go with it! The audience doesn’t have the script so how would they know?

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

A friend of mine is performing The Iliad. She’s a wonderful storyteller, with period music on period instruments

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

Simon: The freshness, the openness, the fact we are family and talking about ourselves

Rory: Probably the memes

Transgendered Shakespeare is appearing at the Friends' Meeting House, 14, 21, 27-28 May 19:00