Making its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut following a critically-acclaimed run at Brighton Fringe 2017, Enter the Dragons challenges stereotypes and examines the pressures surrounding women as they venture beyond fifty.
Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards, the writers and performers of the show spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the show and their plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
On a scale of 1-10 we’d say 11. We are unashamedly acting like a couple of pre-schoolers waiting for Father Christmas. Edinburgh does exist right?
TF: Enter The Dragons certainly sound intriguing, what is the premise?
Enter the Dragons is a joyful rallying cry for anyone considering ageing. We take the classic Hero’s quest story and reframe it from the point of view of an older woman, banished from the land of the young and trying desperately to defeat ageing or at least re-brand it. Expect stupid costumes, ridiculous wigs and a very rude song. It’s been described as the W.I run by The Mighty Boosh.
TF: And sum up in one sentence why we should come see Enter the Dragons over any other show?
We’re all ageing, all the time. This show will put a massive smile on your face, whilst giving your fears about ageing a good kick up the arse!
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
We last performed at the Fringe, as youthful idiots, twenty-five yrs ago. This time, as Grand Dames of theatre, we’re planning to do it in style and are setting up an 18th century-type salon serving cocktails and completing a jigsaw puzzle. We’re calling it Jigtails and Cocksaws. There are also masses of amazing shows we want to catch. We will definitely be joining Lucy Hopkins for her Ceremony of Love, we’re looking toward to Nina Conti and hoping to grab some Pussy Riot.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Enter the Dragons?
Immediately after Edinburgh? Lots of lie downs then world domination, starting with a tour in November.
Enter the Dragons, Pleasance Dome – Jack Dome, 1-27 August (not 13 August), 16:10