Fringe TV Interview: God On Trial

Joe Whitwell & Nick Jones 30 August 2014

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It's [The Production of God on Trial] really good in Cambridge. Is there a fear about bringing it up to the Fringe?

Louise – Yeah a little bit there is definitely. There is always that apprehension but more so than the reviews we got it was the feedback from the audience. We got really emotional reactions from the people who came to see it. I was in touch with the producer of the original  ADC production. He came to see the Holocaust memorial day production and was really quite taken aback by it. He liked it. So he said "What do you think about bringing it to Edinburgh”.

It was really just the reaction and the connection people seemed to have which mirrored my connection with it when I first came across it. That gave us the confidence.

What would you say to a soon to be fresher wanting to bring a show to Edinburgh? What's the process?

Tom- I think that the only thing you really need is you need to enjoy creating something out of nothing. You need to enjoy spending time with people who are perhaps difficult

Carn- What are you saying Tom!?

Tom- Not you two

Tom- What was that the other day? We had a costume run and literally two seconds before we go on, "Tom I don't have a costume".

Louise – I was coming down and Carn was like don't worry I’ve got it all sorted. I’ve got a taxi outside.

Carn- We only started the play like two minutes late…

How do you deal with such a sensitive subject?

Tom- I thought from the start that we should slightly detach it from the Holocaust. As a subject, it's a bit too delicate to shout about, to present. I think that the character of the show is much more suited to a more philosophical discussion. This discussion can tell you about the Holocaust but this discussion can happen anywhere, in any prison, any situation. That is why our production is somewhat controversial because in a way. It’s one of the reasons we applied to the Fringe because in a way the show is using the Holocaust as a stage, the setting is the Holocaust but the things we are discussing are universal.