By AARON McGILLIVRAY
IF THEIR crowdfunding page is anything to go by, then Euro actresses Déborah Durand and Vanina Arias are likely to serve up a few surprises.
The pair are at least partly funding their planned run at the Fringe 2018 via an appeal for contributions on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.
At the time of writing they had raised £2545 toward their £4000 target, by offering thank you videos, postcards, VIP tickets, meet and greets and VIP performances for those pledging financial backing.
The accompanying photos and videos on the page – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/adult-orgasm-escaped-from-the-zoo-women-drama#/ – suggest the pair have the requisite sense of fun to make a real go of it.
While their show, Adult Orgasm Escaped From The Zoo, is billed as a comedy play, the subject material is anything but amusing.
Both have suffered extensive Weinstein-esque abuse at the hands of male counterpart while working in the theatre in Paris and elsewhere, claiming: “On a daily basis, we found ourselves as actresses being pressured into intimidating positions by male tyrants … and were inevitably forced to resign from our roles at the time for fear of humiliation.”
After six years treading the boards in Paris – Durand is French, while Arias is Italian – the pair are uniting for the first time in the UK.
They will actually be performing two plays simultaneously, aiming for a cinematic “split screen” effect. Both A Woman Alone and We All Have The Same Story, are the work of Dario Fo and Franca Rame.
Durand added: “We are two actresses who will use this production to highlight the issue of sexual harassment affecting people throughout our profession.”
If you like the sound of it, find out more about the pair at their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/octopusgirls
Venue: Venue 50, C Venues, Celtic Lodge, Brodie’s Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, EH1 2PS
Dates: 15 -27 Aug
Times: 20:30 (45 mins)
Tickets: £9.50 (£7.50 Conc.)