This week I chatted to Eggs Collective, all about their show – it’s performing at Queer Contact in February, and sounds absolutely brilliant. But less of me, over to them:
Tell us a little bit about the story of Eggs Collective, where did you meet, how did it start and what’s your journey been like so far up to this point?
Eggs Collective has existed in many forms over the last few years, with many talented female performers involved. Now, it’s a company of three. Last year, we started to make Eggs Collective Get A Round, took it to Edinburgh and now we’re gearing up to take the nether-regions of the UK by storm on our first tour. So, lock up your daughters, the Porsche has gone in for a valet, we’re going on the road.
What do you hope to achieve with the work you create?
Well, apart from a roof over our head and food on the table, we want to have a good time and we want our audience to have a good time. Aside from this, actually, we’re feeling worried and cross about the divide and conquer culture that we’re steeped in and we want to respond to that.
Tell us about your show ‘Eggs Collective get A Round’, which is performing at Queer Contact in Feb…
It’s everything you’d expect on a night out. It’s wayward and messy and fun, but it’s got a heart. At its core, it’s a show about belonging.
What’s your creation process like?
It’s hard work and fun in equal measure. We tend to mess around and watch YouTube until something happens. We do bits of writing, lots of talking and some small doses of wine. A lot of our ideas come from our friendship and the things we find ourselves talking about, or laughing about, or getting het up about.
What’s been your favourite thing about making this work?
Spending time together, making excellent new friends and getting to work with people that we really admire. We’ve had some brilliant audiences so far, there’s been a lot of warmth and openness and that’s been especially lovely.
What’s been the toughest thing?
The skin on the balls of our feet after performing in cheap shoes for 24 consecutive midnights in Edinburgh.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
As well as touring Get A Round, we’re developing our next show, Late Night Love. It’s inspired by the late-night radio phone-ins of the 90’s and how they informed our sense of what it would be like to be an adult. It’s quite different in tone to Get A Round and we’re very excited about it.
Thu 5 to Sat 7 Feb, 9:30pm. £13/7. Over 18s.
Contact and Eggs Collective present
Eggs Collective Get A Round
A show with lipstick on its teeth and Wotsits on its face. Eggs Collective Get A Round explores friendship, kindness and belonging against the backdrop of a big night out. Smart and energetic, entertaining and political, this is a piece of theatre that warms hearts and reeks of Blossom Hill.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Commissioned by Contact. Originally developed by Camden People’s Theatre as part of the Passing the Baton series and supported by Royal Exchange Theatre. Made in collaboration with Oliver Award-winner, Mark Whitelaw, and nominated for The Arches Brick Award 2014.
Tickets and info: 0161 274 0600 / www.contactmcr.com/eggscollective
© Amie Taylor (@spoonsparkle) and Eggs Collective (@EggsCollective) 2015
Photo: Roshana Rubin-Mayhew