FRINGE PREVIEW: Casual Violence: Choose Death

Casual Violence: Choose Death

Casual Violence: Choose Death

“We were prepared for audiences of around four,” says James Hamilton, writer and producer and one of the stars of dark comedy collective Casual Violence, talking about their Fringe appearance last year. “But we ended up selling out the run.”

“It was an incredible experience; it sometimes got quite tough, but it flew by – and we managed to escape intact!”

This year, the group return with Casual Violence: Choose Death, a brand new show.

“We learned a lot last year,” he says, “and realised creatively there was a lot more we could have done – Choose Death has been informed by what we learned from 2010.”

“The show’s about a series of six characters, following the events leading up to their deaths. We’re aiming for a tragic, dark and stylish feel – Colin Hoult and Psychoville have certainly been influences.”

“It’s a structured show; although the characters are not directly connected to each other, they’re all thematically linked – by death!”

Choose Death will be performed to a live soundtrack, provided by musician Adam Felman.

“It adds such a lot to the show,” says James. “Live music creates an ambience and soundtrack which really enhances it.”

James is also producing Adam in another Fringe show – Sanity Valve: Get Old Or Die Tryin’ – a rap parody show at the Laughing Horse.

“It’s an extra challenge for me,” says James. “Almost a side project. But Sanity Valve are brilliant – they’re great at being deliberately inane; and a lot of effort and craft goes into their writing. So it should be great show too.”

“Last year was all about learning the ropes at the Fringe,” he continues. “But we all left knowing one thing.”

“We had to come back.”

Casual Violence: Choose Death runs from 4-28 Aug at 22:40 at Just The Tonic At The Store. More details are on the Fringe website.

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