A dark comedy about the epic battles and alliances within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself from pain. Max wants to tell you a story, he’s not sure why or even who he is; savage, peacekeeper or critic. But he’s hoping you’ll be able to help. From award-winning writer Kit Redstone, writer of Testosterone, who spoke with The Fountain about his Fringe show, Passengers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting is that?
I’m very excited to bring this show to the Fringe, it’s a really important show for me and the Fringe is the best showcase for new work.
TF: Passengers certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise?
So! I’m a writer with Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). I wanted to make a show where I staged three of my most dominant alter personalities. The play centres around a destructive incident and the three alters battle each other over dominion of the protagonist. We never see the protagonist but only hear about him through his alters.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
First and foremost in my own experiences of having DID – in exploring my alters and the way that they interact with me and each other, I was so intrigued by this creative response of the human mind to dealing with trauma that I wanted to share the hardships and the joys of it with an audience. My research led me to a strand of therapy called IFS, and with the help of Psychotherapist Derek Scott, I started looking at this incredible therapy that believes that everyone to some extent is made up of different personalities. It was this bridge of understanding between DID and a universal experience of multiplicity that I wanted to share in this play. I then teamed up with director and dramaturg Jessica Edwards to further develop the show with our incredible ensemble of actors Jessica Clark and Neil Chinneck. If we’re talking about driving this project, they have been an instrumental part in the making of it too.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Yes I’ve been to the fringe many times. Most recently as part of the British Council Showcase in 2017 with my show Testosterone. This opportunity allowed me to tour Internationally and forge lots of creative partnerships all over the world. It was one of the most exciting adventures of my life.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Passengers?
I’m keen to tour this show round the UK and engage with audiences who have experience of trauma. As ultimately this show celebrates the unbelievable coping mechanisms of the mind, I would love for people to feel empowered by the work. I am also doing other projects – a co-written play about Adam and Eve with Canadian writer Pippa Mackie and a satirical horror feature film with director Arran Shearing. The last two years have been incredible in terms of partnerships both here in the UK and abroad. This is mostly down to British Council, whose support has quite literally changed my life.
Kit Redstone brings his show Passengers to Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from 1st – 25th August at 14:30.