Doug Crossley’s solo show brings together songs, comedy and the heartache of trying to understand a friend’s suicide. It’s happy, sad and sometimes silly. It’s a life-affirming love letter to shared moments in a theatre. Give Me One Moment In Time is at the Pleasance Dome for the month of August so The Fountain caught up with Doug to discuss the show and his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I know, right? For perform-y types, I think the fringe is a bit like where some kind of sacred hallowed ground meets Butlins. It’s guaranteed to be enlightening but also littered with trashy experiences. I can’t wait.
TF: Give Me One Moment in Time certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise?
I wrote my first play as a teenager about my brothers attempted suicide. My friend was going to direct it and we were going to take it to Edinburgh Fringe. We didn’t make it. Ten years later that same friend took her own life. That is one of the saddest, weirdest, most painful, experiences of my life. So, I lost my shit, slipped into a pretty epic depression, and then learnt to play the piano. This play is the result. It’s a comic meditation on death, loss, and theatre, with songs.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I was influenced by things that my friend loved. So, there’s definitely a little Victoria Wood influence in there. I also was influenced by things I loved. I wanted to write something that had elements of light entertainment, and musical theatre, whilst also having an utterly unashamedly deep-diving philosophical enquiry. Something you could come and enjoy at whatever level you are interested in enquiring about your experience of the theatre. I have also worked with director Paul Hunter (who has been the artistic director of Told By An Idiot for 25+ years) and I’ve found his experience and his methodology really inspiring. So, you can expect a good deal of irreverence and an entirely open-hearted telling of the truth.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Yes, I’ve done it before. My advice would be to quit social media. It’s poisonous. Don’t try and be cool. Write whatever makes you feel joy inside (even if that means you’re writing about something sad and painful). If you’re an alcoholic, go to a recovery meeting rather than the Edinburgh Festival.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Give Me One Moment in Time?
I’m going to try and stay alive. And then I’m going to carry on writing songs and telling stories. In whatever capacity that maybe. And dance. I’m going to dance more.
You can see Give Me One Moment In Time at Pleasance Dome from 2nd – 26th August at 14:50. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com