Tema: Why base a show on the TV cult favourite – The Office? (Nothing wrong with it, just curious on what inspired you to pick this specific show!) Andy: The idea for this show essentially came about because I wanted to put a show on in an actual office space. I wanted it to be a show about office workers and something that office workers could relate to. I wanted it to be a raw, immersive and relatable comedy. We do have in this production several characters and situations that are inspired by that particular television series, however, we have also developed all characters on and of their own volition. The writing of this production was from the ground up our own storyline, as were the character backgrounds that drive the performers in their roles. I feel that anyone who has watched any office-based sitcom or mockumentary will likely find parallels with those productions. However, the generic name of this production wasn't necessarily intended to be a reference to that actual series but more an indicator of the style of show that this is.
Tema: Who are the team members of the show and how did you all come together to form this incredible idea? Andy: After securing the venue, I approached a friend - the very talented director Hayley Horton - who, while is very busy with several other productions, agreed to come on board to help with the show. We very quickly secured performers, all established and well-known creatives in their own rights - with many of them not actually knowing what exactly the production was about. We kept the concept largely under wraps, as the script was yet to be written and did not want disinformation getting out about what we were doing until it was finalized.
Tema: How did you score the venue, being an actual office space? Andy: I had looked around the city for quite some time to find the ideal space to put this performance on. Key points were that it was: -central to Adelaide Fringe activity the building space be appropriate and interesting for the production. This space is actually an office leasing business, and so operating the production here has the positive consequence of increasing exposure of their business.
Tema: What is the basic idea of the show (without giving too much away)? Andy: Basically, you arrive as a prospective employee for a paper-based company - Papercorp. From there, you follow the bouncing ball and experience a comedic theatrical performance around you.
Tema: What do you hope your audience to feel and experience through the show? Andy: I hope that the audience enjoys our incredible and talented performers, who largely wrote their own dialogue in this show and workshopped it with us, based on a core storyline that was largely put on the cutting room floor for expedience and to focus on the comedy in interactions and character development.
Tema: What can people expect from attending your show? Andy: A new experience and hopefully, if the reviews are anything to go by, a good night out!
Tema: What inspired you to get involved with the Adelaide Fringe? Andy: The desire to do something different and give back to our incredible local arts community.
Tema: Have you been involved with other Fringe festivals / comedy festivals around Australia or overseas? Andy: Only in attendance at Edinburgh, a festival that is very different.
Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like our readers to know about your show? Andy: We have a very limited season and limited capacity. I recommend booking soon, as there are only four dates remaining!
The show will be running from February 13 - March 9 at Hindmarsh Square. Book your tickets to this unmissable event here.