They Built It. No One Came.
Saturday 3 June : 7.30pm
Tickets : £12 / Under 26s : £10
A tragicomedy with original live music inspired by a true story.
Recommended age 12+
Neither of us were very charismatic… that was a problem.
Eight years ago Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared visions of a peaceful and harmonious community…they are still awaiting their first member.
They Built It. No One Came, was inspired by a true story originally published in the New York Times under the same name by Penelope Green in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Award in early 2016. It subsequently went on to preview at the New Diorama Theatre in July in London before going on to a successful run at the Pleasance for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.
It is a tragi-comedy devised by Fledgling Theatre Company and written by Callum Cameron, with original music written and composed by Ben Maier and directed by Lucy Wray.
“Told succinctly with humour and compassion…about how we are capable of undermining our own best intentions and how far we might have to compromise our ideals in order to get others to share them.” – The Scotsman
“An intriguing and psychologically complex piece conveying a fascinating tale.” – The Stage
“Reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch…Radiating warmth and with a very tight script” – British Theatre Guide
“Ultimately, the way we interpret the misfit story mirrors the way we define our own successes and failures. Stories such as that of Tobias and Alexander help us to reconcile our ideas of success and what it means to succeed – whether we’re acting according to our values or because we want recognition – and what in the end is the most important.” – Self-Belief and Self-Promotion: Lessons from the Misfit Narrative by Annabel Mellor.
Performance length approximately 60 minutes followed by post-show Q&A
Part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 26 May-4 June 2017