‘Rule number eleven: we don’t talk about them. They don’t exist here’. Nadia and Daniel have a secret. In fact they have quite a few. They’ve just signed on the line for a studio flat. Under a pseudonym, naturally – Mr and Mrs White. After years of school pick-ups, TV takeaways, and the drudgery of married life, this is their chance to wipe the slate clean. But as much as they try and redefine the rules, and themselves, the outside world is closing in. Rust is here at the Edinburgh Fringe for the month of August thanks to Kenny Emson and High Tide Theatre. Kenny spoke with The Fountain about the influences behind his play.
TF: You are staging work at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I LOVE EDINBURGH. It’s a brilliant opportunity to see new work and great comedy. Plus get drunk (writers definitely get the best deal!) and eat like a student again for a month! So, very excited.
TF: Rust certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a love story. A love story about two people having an affair who can only meet up once a week. The pressures that places on their relationship. The damage it does to the rest of their lives. (and it’s funny. Come!)
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
It’s pretty hard to write a play about an affair and not be influenced by Pinter’s Betrayal.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Rust ?
Rust itself will be heading to HighTide’s festival in Aldeburgh. Also, I’ve been working on a play about youth workers with the incredible Working Party Theatre company. And have a short piece going on at the Unicorn about… The Future. Which seems apt for this question.
You can see Rust at Assembly Roxy, from 8th – 25th August at 12:40. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/