A partially sane imprisoned zombie tries outwitting his zookeeper interrogator, swearing a zombie army is coming to free him. Using film, drama, humour, song and dance, this Edinburgh Fringe show’s finale must never be revealed or zombies will devour your brains. Zombie Zoo is a prison complex housing infected soldiers Dominic McHale and written by Kevin Short. Kevin spoke with The Fountain about working with Dominic again as well as sharing his list of performers he’s looking forward to seeing.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It’s great to be back in Edinburgh this year, and it’s especially exciting because it’s my reunion with award-winning actor Dominic McHale. We last appeared together in The Pigsty at C Venue and won Best New Play, so I’m thrilled to be back performing with him.
TF: Zombie Zoo certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The basic story is set against a post apocalyptic landscape, the aftermath of chemical and nuclear warfare which has created an underworld of zombies. Zombie Zoo is a military-style compound, housing recovering zombies. The piece centres around a partially sane zombie (who maintains a zombie army is coming to free him) and his Zookeeper captor, who hides a secret that isn’t revealed until the final denouement.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I have always been interested in multimedia, and I wanted to create a piece that contained film, music, drama, comedy, song, and even dance. Zombie Zoo contains all these elements, including a surprise ending which must not be revealed or zombies will devour your brains! Also, I have always loved the George Romero zombie movie genre, and wanted to bring a little of his claustrophobic style to the stage, as well as to the screen.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I am planning to work hard and play hard, encourage other’s to see our show, and see as much of other people’s work as possible. My message to first-time performers is to do exactly the same. Flyer hard, mingle, network, see as much as possible without jeopardising your own work. Work hard, play hard, but make sure you get enough sleep!
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I have been coming to Edinburgh for many years, and I always try to see a diverse range of shows. This year, on my list are: Eddie Izzard (comedy) MacNaughton (Drama) John Otway (Music – if he’s coming this year!) Back of the Bus (Dance/PhysicalTheatre/Circus – site specific) and a lot more.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Zombie Zoo?
Following Edinburgh, Zombie Zoo is playing the Omnibus Theatre in London in October, and we are hoping to take it to New York for Halloween.
You can see Zombie Zoo at Hill Street Theatre from 10th – 25th August at 15:00pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com