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One Lump or Two?

By admin | March 24, 2016
high tea

An ordinary tea party turns into a nautical epic adventure! Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

High Tea is the last in The Fringe Presents series this year, and the second-to-last Theatre Wire subscription show! From April 12-17 James and Jamesy invite you into their sandbox where you and your inner child will have a blast exploring a world of whimsy.

Who do James and Jamesy want to come see their show, while holding hands? Read on…

Why does Vancouver need this play now?
People need a place to celebrate themselves. High Tea is a like a sandbox of possibilities so big that we all get to play in it together. We get to build our castles and become heroes, all together.

What can audiences expect from a performance?
Being surprised at their own willingness to play. An ordinary tea party turns into a nautical epic adventure. Drawing from such stories as Titanic, Noah’s Ark, and Jaws, this tea party will keep you on the edge of your seat or even compel you off it. People leave our shows with thrilled and bedazzled expressions surprised by their own willingness to delight in something so ridiculous.

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What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
There’s a moment when Jamesy sticks his head through the fourth wall and sees the audience for the first time. As they see him seeing them, they know he knows they’re seeing him, and he knows they know he’s seeing them, and we’re all in it together—this hysterical and ridiculous theatrical predicament of players playing for and with each other.

Were there any moments in the creation or rehearsal of this piece when you thought you might not make it through?
When you’re working on a project that is about creating theatrical situations so delightfully ridiculous, the question of continuing is… do you still want to go to work and laugh till you throw up? Um, yep!

Which of your heroes would you want to see this play and why?
Martin Short and David Suzuki. They’d sit and hold hands. My hope is they’d like it and say something rad about it, which we’d be able to quote on our media releases.

Who is your favourite Vancouver based actor and why?
Ryan Beil. While I’ve only seen him perform a handful of times, he was one of those fellows who years ago, I saw and was like, “Damn! I want to keep an eye on you.”

Last play you saw in Vancouver? What did you like about it?
VU at PuSh. Meticulous

What does Vancouver’s Theatre scene need?
More culturally diverse content (and audiences).

What is your next project and why are you excited about it?
James & Jamesy in the Dark has been in the incubator for about a year now. It’s kind of about nothing. Two nothings. But in that nothing, everything is possible. It’s like two atoms debating turning into life.

Book your tickets into the sandbox now! High Tea plays April 12-17 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island.

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