INTERVIEW: SUCH FILTHY F*CKS bring porn addiction to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name of Edinburgh show: Such Filthy F*cks
Venue: 10 Dome (Pleasance Dome)
Performance time: 16:10
Show length: 60 mins
Ticket price: £6-£11

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I set up Smoke & Oakum Theatre in 2014 as a new writing company to produce our first ever show Tinderbox, which debuted at Theatre503 and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Since then we’ve produced 7 pieces of new writing, 3 of which have come up to the Fringe, the rest have played all over the UK on national tours and transfers.

This is our first time back at the Fringe since 2016 so we’re brushing off our flyering skills and getting ready for a busy month!

Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
Such Filthy F*cks is essentially a romance that centres around two filthy porn addicts, Jules and Luka.

Their obsession with online porn has led them down a road where they find the idea of contact with another human unpleasant and even repulsive. The effect of this is that they’re both living very cut off lives, based firmly in the fantasy land of porn until, that is, they meet each other.

Recognising a shared problem, they use this exciting new connection to stop watching and try to form a genuine relationship. But will they make it? Will they manage to wrench themselves free from one of the 21st centuries biggest social contagions? Or will they slip back to into the sanitised and isolated world, just waiting for them on their screens?

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2019?
I researched and wrote Such Filthy F*cks in late 2018 and we previewed it at the 2019 VAULT Festival in London where we received a great response and really got to grips with the material. Since then we’ve been redrafting and reworking it to make it ready for the Fringe.

Porn related searches make up 1/3 of all Internet traffic, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry and each and every year PornHub receives 28 billion hits. The explosion of online porn represents one of the biggest societal changes in our lifetimes and yet when was the last time you spoke to someone about it? Or saw a story about it?

The effects of free, hardcore porn are beginning show in so many areas of life and so Such Filthy F*cks feels incredibly relevant to audiences in 2019.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
. A good spectrum of shoes will prevent any one pair taking the brunt of so much walking around.
. Remember that, at the end of the day, the Fringe is a pretty ridiculous thing to be doing. Stops you taking it too seriously.

. Find the saddest looking performer and buy them a sandwich.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
An audience member fainted during a scene where, unfortunately, I was wearing just my pants and a pair of rubber gloves. We all had to wait in the main bar while they brought her round, which took about 10 minutes. Think some people thought I was part of the entertainment.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
At the Fringe I always look to venues and companies that bring a real mix of exciting work. Paines Plough’s always bring some great scripts, which tend to light up the Festival, as do Soho. New Diorama Theatre has brought some incredible work in the past and continues to produce exceptional shows in London so they’re definitely a big inspiration.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to flyer like a madman right up until they close the doors. Not really a ritual, just force of habit.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
So many, there’s an exceptional line up this year. Obviously shows by Complicite and Bryony Kimmings are always worth a watch, but I’m also really excited to see the work of In Bed With My Brother, Rhum and Clay and Breach Theatre. ‘The Incident Room’ sounds like it’ll be a great piece of theatre and anything at The Roundabout is always worth a watch.

Also, you can’t rule out the gem of a show in the back room of a pub that you see on a whim which knocks you out. That’s the special thing about Fringe.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Since our creation in 2014, Smoke & Oakum has built up an incredible body of work. Our scripts have been published, toured all over the UK and have been bought by top London theatres and international companies, who are now staging them around the world.

This is because we create high quality, award-winning new writing about subjects that don’t get all that much air time. Our stories are gripping, our productions are slick and this year we are bringing up some of our best work. You’d be an absolute muppet to miss it.

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