This new writing comedy piece is about the best and the worst parts of being seventeen, and what its like to be a girl struggling to find her place as a young woman in the digital age. In November 2016 lifelong friends Beth Johnston, Rebecca Thomason and Holly Barnard formed Cold Dinner Theatre. Cold Dinner have been supported by the RC Sherriff Trust in producing work for the community of Elmbridge and have performed a sell out run of Bitches In The Ford KA at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham in 2017. They are now taking this show to Edinburgh for the Fringe in August.
Beth Johnston and Holly Barnard spoke with The Fountain about their plans for the Fringe, the premise of the show and their influences behind the production.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting, what can we expect?
HB: Expect a series of hilariously catastrophic events to unfold inside a seventeen year old’s Ford Ka. It’s full of hysterical disasters and a lot of booze.
BJ: A trio of comedy powerhouses crammed into the smallest car possible. The show is about being seventeen and trying to go wild. Expect shots of Apple Sourz, banging tunes and laugh out loud comedy.
TF: Bitches in the Ford Ka sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
HB: It’s pretty simple – three girls on their way to Brighton for they’re first proper night on the town. Emma, played by Beth, has just past her driving license and she and her friends are pretty excited about the whole thing. The show quickly turns into a riotous quest to make it back home in one piece.
BJ: Emma has just passed her driving test and to celebrate is driving her two best friends to Brighton for their first big night out. The entire show is set inside the car (but for a brief dance break!), the girls get ready in the car, have pre-drinks in the car and after their wild night out, end up in the car!
TF: What drove the project, what were your influences?
HB: We were certainly influenced by our own real life experiences as seventeen year olds. There was a lot of sitting around and reminiscing about stupid things we got up to when we were younger. That’s what made it such an enjoyable process.
BJ: We definitely took influences from our own teenage years; I think everyone’s had a night out that’s not gone as planned! It’s very… Spice Girls meets The Inbetweeners?! My comedy heroes will always be Ab Fab and Tina Fey (Writer of Mean Girls).
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, have you been before?
HB: It’s our first time taking a show up there – but I’m pretty familiar with the venues by now having been there as an onlooker several times before, so I want to see as much as possible. We just want to soak up as much of it as we can, and have fun doing so.
BJ: We’ve all been before as punters. I always describe it as Disney Land for Actors! There’s just everything a person who loves the theatre and comedy could want. We’ve spent all year (and all of our money) so we’re excited just to share our hard work.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Bitches in the Ford Ka?
HB: I’d love to do Edinburgh next year, but my main goal is to tour our work. We’ve got a few productions in the works that we plan on getting off the ground towards the end of the year.
BJ: I’ve just finished writing my own one-woman show called ‘Beth’s Sad Life’ which we’ll be working on after the Fringe. It’s about trying to ‘be an adult’ and struggling to make human connections in a digital age. Again it’s a ridiculous comedy! We’re hoping to be at The Vaults Festival in 2019 with that so keep your eyes peeled.
Bitches in the Ford Ka, Venue 53 The Space @ Surgeons Hall, 13 – 25 August (not 19), 21.25 (50 mins)