Tin at Edmonton Fringe Festival

Sea shipping container (10330 84 avenue) August 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24

An interview with Molly Staley.

Tin at Edmonton Fringe Festival. Photo credit: Jordan Bloemen

Tin at Edmonton Fringe Festival. Photo credit: Jordan Bloemen

Describe your show in five words.

Don’t Let the Tin Win

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?

Jess and Abe, sister and brother, are freight-hopping North in search of a new life. Jess bursts awake in a cold sweat as they wait in an old train yard for the train to depart. She’s convinced someone is watching them. Abe insists it’s just a bad dream. He is mistaken.

I’m a fan of site-specific work – it’s such an engaging way to tell a story. Can you tell us a bit more about what you’re using site specificity to add to the audience’s experience of Tin?

Mischief Managed specializes in found space and guerrilla theatre. We aim to test audience interactiveness and engagement.  For our production of Tin, we will have the audience situated at the East end of a forty-foot long, eight foot wide shipping container.  Audiences will observe the confrontation between brother and sister, and their stowed away, uninvited companion.

The container has been placed in a grassy spot, near the train tracks on the Fringe Theatre Adventure Main Grounds.  As the play is set in the 1950’s, the set is comprised of old milk and wine crates, military flashlights, and lanterns.

Your show takes place in an actual shipping container – how did you go about getting one for your show?

Fringe Theatre Adventures has been amazing in working with us to secure the shipping container and having a spot to place it. Our organization is completely responsible for the cost of transport and placement, but the connection was made through the FTA.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

We are confident this is will be our most exciting show to date!  We want audience members to know that we have thought about the different elements and situations that staging a play in a shipping container may bring.  There is a good chance the container may heat up during the daytime.  In preparation, we are stocked with many fans, and AC to keep the container cool between shows.  Hudsons on Whyte has graciously donated 300 water bottles, one for each paying patron.  We also understand people may feel slightly claustrophobic, and we have prepared an area at the rear of the container where a few patrons may stand and watch the show.  However, if patrons leave the container during a performance, there will be no refund.

Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?
Some major players in making this show a reality are Murray Utas, Elizabeth Hobbs, and Mike Ford at FTA for being just as excited as we are and making this happen for us.  Thomas Scott for his great chats, big laughs, and good advice.  Sticks&Stones for their ongoing contributions to our company.  Matthias Smale for the artwork, and Colin Waugh for his help with the Tin trailer.

We also want to thank our sponsors Hudsons on Whyte, Find Edmonton, Mystic Sound Enterprises, Zenocopy, and Grant Diesel!

Tin — 2014 Trailer from Mischief Managed on Vimeo.

The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.

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