Brush at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

Brush is a 'confident and energetic' human drama told through the eyes of best friends Matt and Swanny.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
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The pair spend half their time intoxicated, creating art or taking drugs in the run down studio they both inhabit. Having shared so much for so long, each of their lives become inexplicably tangled with the others’.

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Haunted by hidden desires and regrets they stumble through life until Swanny is faced with the prospect of Matt leaving him behind, a prospect which will change their lives completely.

Tension rises in the form of Matt’s ex and after a night of celebration and intoxication, unspoken secrets and buried emotions begin to rise, threatening to destroy their friendship for good.

Utilising a mixture of live performance and recorded film to expose the fears and desires of the two protagonists, the production explores themes of friendship, abandonment and desire.

Synesthetic are an emerging theatre collective who are primarily concerned with staging new writing, creating immersive and multi-sensory theatre environments and exploring the relationship between performer and audience. The company are continually seeking to collaborate with emerging writers and practitioners.

Having started life as a 24 Hour Play for a theatre festival in Hull, Brush has been developed in collaboration with emerging playwright Melanie Anne Ball who has been an ever-present writer-in-the-room. This will be Synesthetic’s first show at the festival following several productions in Hull.

The 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 02 – 26 August. Shows for 2013 are now on sale!

C Nova, Venue 145
31 Jul-26 Aug (not 12)
19:40 (1hr00)
Ticket Prices £7.50-£9.50 / Concessions £5.50-£7.50

About the Process

At the age of just 22, Melanie Anne Ball has already had various successful works performed at the University Hull, the Old Vic Tunnels, Hull Truck Studio theatre, as well as a collection of emerging performances spaces in Hull. She was a shortlisted writer for ‘Write to Shine’ in association with The National Youth Theatre and was offered her first commission in February 2012 for the Hull branch of the national charity The Samaritans.

Synesthetic initially approached Melanie to be a writer for a 24 hour play for a short theatre festival at the University of Hull. Following the success of this production the company invited Melanie to continue working on the script for the Edinburgh Fringe festival which is how ‘Brush’ was eventually born. Synesthetic’s collaborative approach along with Melanie’s desire to be an engaged ‘writer in the room’ has ensured a creatively inspiring process which continues to evolve.

The Cast

Matt – Danny Mellor
Swanny – Forest Watkins

The Crew

Ben Butcher – Director & Co Artistic Director
Forest Watkins – Director & Co Artistic Director
Melanie Anne Ball – Playwright
Steph Balmforth – Production Manager
Shaunagh McClean – Lighting and Sound Operator
Simon Dymond – Film Director & Cinematographer
John Hatfield – Artist
Melissa Armstrong – Screen Actor; Aimee

The 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 02 – 26 August. Shows for 2013 are now on sale!

C Nova, Venue 145
31 Jul-26 Aug (not 12)
19:40 (1hr00)
Ticket Prices £7.50-£9.50 / Concessions £5.50-£7.50

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