A Word With Abigail and Emma – The Duo Behind The Award-Winning “Enter The Dragons”

Ahead of their short run of Enter the Dragons with us next month, we spoke with Abigail and Emma (of A&E comedy) about the show and what inspired them to write it. 

Enter the Dragons won “Best of the Brighton Fringe 2017”.

What’s the show about? The show takes the classic mythological quest and re-imagines it for the older modern woman. Banished from the land of the young, our “protagonist” must now negotiate a weird landscape, populated by strange creatures and weird sisters. Expect fantastical costumes, ridiculous puppetry and extreme wigs. Imagine the W.I. run by the Mighty Boosh.

What inspired you to write the show? We felt that there was a lot of negativity about getting older. We know lots of funny, dynamic and stylish women over the age of 45, but we couldn’t see women like that represented anywhere. We wanted to write the show we would like to see: funny, ridiculous, surreal and that explores and celebrates getting older with optimism and joyful dissent.

What do you hope audiences take away from the show? We hope our audiences, whatever their age or gender, come away having had a really good laugh and maybe shed a tear too. If they are inspired to embrace getting older, worry less, wear what ever they like, stop apologizing, behave badly and kick ageing up the arse then that’s fantastic.

Which older women inspire you? There are so many amazing, uncompromising older women who are tearing up the rule-book on ageing. Patti Smith rocks our world. We’re a little bit obsessed with Frances McDormand. Her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri just blew us away. Also very inspired by the wave of older fashionistas, like Iris Apfel and Accidental Icon who are totally owning their own style.

Who is the show aimed at? We’re all ageing all the time so we hope the show has a broad appeal. Even if you are not an older woman you know one: your mother, your aunt, your wife. Lots of young people have come up after the show and said how reassuring it was to hear a positive view of ageing.

What plans do you have for the show in the future? We were chuffed to have won the Broadway Baby Bobby award for best show in Brighton Fringe last year, so this year we’re taking the show to The Pleasance at Edinburgh Fringe, which is going to be intense but so much fun. A national autumn tour is also on the cards.

Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? If so, what does feminism mean to you?
Absolutely we’re feminists! To us, the definition of feminism is simply working towards equality: political, economic, social and personal. It seems ridiculous that any human being wouldn’t want that! If we could achieve a balanced, equal society we wouldn’t need to label ourselves anymore.

What’s making you angry, excited or calm for 2018?
Angry: The infinitely infantile Trump, the slow motion car-crash that is Brexit, there’s a lot to be angry about. It’s especially infuriating when women are told they shouldn’t be angry, that they should “calm down, dear” and not make a fuss! Anger when used wisely is a powerful force for change. With the emergence of The Time’s Up movement, there’s a sense that hard won, and long overdue change is going to come. It feels like a very energizing and inspiring time and that now is a pivotal moment.

Excited: We are so thrilled to be taking the show to The Edinburgh Fringe. Performing our show and inspiring other women to kick aging right up the arse really is exciting!

Calm: Herbal tea and mindfulness; only joking! Not giving a f**k about the small stuff, and a large gin and tonic.

If you’re after tickets, and in our (albeit biased) opinion you definitely should be, then you can get them here

SEASON: Winter 2015-16 at The Old Market

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Winter 2015-16 

Here’s a sneak preview of WINTER 2015-16 at TOM, a season stuffed full of fantastic festive nights out. Why not treat yourself to the best gigs, club nights with a twist, mind-bogglingly imaginative theatre, and much more? Go on, you’ve been good…ish.

Have a merry one,

The TOM Team

Full TOM listings


1927
Golem
Tue 29 Dec – Sat 16 Jan

‘Anyone interested in the theatre should see this company now’ The Observer

1927's Golem

Like a giant graphic novel burst into life, 1927 invites audiences to take a step through the looking glass into a dark and fantastical tale of an extraordinary ordinary man.

‘Imagine Metropolis crossed with Monty Python and you will have a flavour of Paul Barritt’s extraordinarily inventive visuals and animations that make your eyes dance with pleasure and sometimes surprise.’ The Guardian

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Finger and Thumb Theatre
The Ugly Duckling
Sun 27 Dec – Sun 3 Jan

A brand-new Christmas treat for the wee ones from the creators of Brighton Festival sell-out show Small Fables.

The Ugly Duckling

This beautiful and entertaining show features the trademark hand shadow puppetry of Drew Colby, live cello music and clever use of everyday objects.

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Club Click
The Soul of Dirty Disco
Sat 12 Dec, 9pm – 2am

After a sold-out spectacular at the Speigeltent in May, Club Click are throbbing with excitement to announce their festively funky debut at The Old Market this December…

Club Click

Zip up your tinsel jumpsuits, strap on those fur- lined platforms and slide down our chimney for a seasonal dusting of Seventies glamour, glittering divas, cabaret chic and dirty disco dancing at the legendary Studio 54… by the sea.

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The Old Market Presents
Sat 12 Dec, 9pm – 2am

Celebrating the very best that Brighton’s music scene has to offer, The Old Market presents another phenomenal line up of local bands.

Prince Vaseline

Join us for mesmerising folk from Lutine, fuzzy psychedelia from Prince Vaseline (pictured), Grasshopper and more acts TBA.

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Austentatious
An improvised Jane Austen novel
Fri 29 – Sat 30 Jan, 8pm

“One of the most enjoyable shows on the fringe,” The Guardian

Austentatious

A comedy play spun in the style of Jane Austen – and based entirely on audience suggestions.

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SEASON: Winter 2014-15 at The Old Market

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, proudly present our WINTER PROGRAMME, covering November and December 2014, and January 2015. The programme features a fantastic range of live music, special events, stunning theatre and – of course – some great Christmas treats.

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Introducing our Winter 2014-15 Programme

This season’s TOM’s Programme (our own, hand-picked, highly recommended shows) includes imitating the dog’s incredible adaptation of Hemingway’s A FAREWELL TO ARMS. We’re also thrilled to present Mark Bruce Company’s terrifying, South Bank Award-winning, DRACULA; a Christmas antidote, perhaps?

This Christmas there’s something for you, and younger audiences too. The team behind long-running sell-out club night WHITE MINK bring us WHITE CHRISTMAS. And following the success of Pinocchio (2013) comes THE BOY WHO NEVER GREW UP, inspired by JM Barrie’s Peter Pan – tickets from just £6.00!

Also included in The Old Market’s WINTER programme are: following a week of development, 1927 present a preview of their new show GOLEM; Dementia Care Matters present a stunning and emotive performance, NAOMI’S FLIGHT; 2013’s Herald Angel Award-winning stand up show SEAN HUGHES: PENGUINS; and NORDIC GIANTS’ last Brighton gig before relocation to Europe, featuring claustrophobic cinema clatter and epic short films. Even then, we’re only scratching the surface. For the complete picture, see our WHAT’S ON: ALL UPCOMING SHOWS page.

See you here soon!

The TOM Team


GALLERY: In Rehearsal with A Farewell To Arms

This November we welcome award winning theatre company Imitating The Dog to The Old Market, to re-tell one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century using video projection, stage design and original music. Here we take a sneaky look at what the rehearsals are looking like on this stage adaptation of one of Ernest Heminway’s most popular books.


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A Farewell To Arms

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Image credits: Ed Waring

 

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