Two women sit at a wedding. The Prosecco is free-flowing, emotions are running high and everything is dangerously overspilling in this sharply observed comedy about love, hate and all that lies in between. Throughout the night the women explore friendship, family relations, maternal ties, sibling rivalries and ex-boyfriends. Opening up old wounds and creating new scars in this ode to a quarter-life crisis! Both hilarious and harrowing, featuring original music, funky dance moves and just the right amount of cheesy pop, Sugarscratch Theatres Said and Done is a snapshot into the lives of two women who are too close.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, Sugarscratch are delighted to have been invited to perform at Sweet Venues (Novotel 1) with their first show, Said And Done. Lily London and Alice Ritchie have both been up here with other theatre companies (Tremolo Theatre & Propolis Theatre) but coming with their own company, Sugarscratch Theatre, feels extra special. They are best mates going through a quarter life crisis and the show is about best mates going through a quarter life crisis!
TF: Said and Done certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The show is set at a wedding party. Two twenty-something women are watching and commenting on all the rituals and conventions of a wedding. They use role play and make up games to people the stage with all the wedding guests, friends from their past and their families. They talk about everything and everyone at the wedding, all the while dancing to cheesy pop and drinking copious amounts of prosecco.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Alice and Lily learnt how to make and devise shows at The Bristol Old Vic Young company from the age of 8. After they both finished drama school they knew they wanted to set up their own theatre company together. They wanted to devise a show centred around their own experiences of being a mid twenties woman in the 21st century. Devising usually starts off with a germ of an idea (in this instance Alice imagined a woman standing alone at a wedding dancing to Cher). Then they gathered together other theatre practitioners and threw around ideas, characters and plot lines in a creative, playful and concentrated way. Eventually they started seeing a shape of where they wanted the show to go. Setting it all during a wedding party seemed the ideal way to discuss societies expectations on young women, family dynamics and sleazy boyfriends.
Their main influence as young theatre makers was Miranda Cromwell, who has just co directed Death of a Salesman at The Young Vic. More recently they have both been influenced by the podcast, The Guilty Feminist, which they have both found very inspiring and educational.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Firstly, take a huge selection of clothes! You literally get four seasons in one day so don’t be a fool and go out without a raincoat. Everyone should climb up to Arthur’s Seat at least once during the festival (but not in the rain) because the view of Edinburgh is amazing and you’ll suddenly get your bearings too. And always always try the haggis (even the vegan varieties).
And finally, try to go and see everything and anything possible when you are not performing. It is great to have your finger on the pulse and feel you are the first person to see all this new and innovative work. But always remember, if you need a day off to curl into a ball and do nothing, for your mental health … do it. If you need to stop, STOP.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
We will definitely go to see The Guilty Feminist at The Pleasance Courtyard. Lily was very excited to meet Deborah Frances-White at a party and she was very encouraging about our show. She was the one to suggest we take SAID AND DONE to Sweet Venues as she thought it would fit in well there. Another show we want to see is Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats at Summerhall. They are also two powerful women making amazing theatre and we love their work. And finally, we will be supporting our fellow Bristolians, The Wardrobe Ensemble, who are bringing their new show, The Last Of The Pelican Daughters, to The Pleasance Beyond. They are our friends and contemporaries who also started out at The Bristol Old Vic Young Company.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Said and Done?
Sugarscratch are really keen to do a tour in the spring of 2020 culminating in taking the show to a London venue. The Soho Theatre is the dream. After then Alice and Lily are gathering together a team to make another show. Who knows maybe the next one will be set at a Christening Party!
You can see Said and Done at Sweet Novotel from 2nd – 25th August at 20:45. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com