Absolut Fringe: Victor and Gord CUBED (10th-12th Sep 2009)
You may recall such names as Victor and Gord from a previous post on Gaelick which covered the Queer Notions series of performances which took place as part of the Dublin Pride Festival 2009.
Now, the Victor and Gord team has returned with a new, re-vamped version of the show for Absolut Fringe, this time with a third relationship addition. (Geddit? Cubed. Also, the performance takes place at the Project Arts Centre Cube. Perfick!)
The show’s ten-word-pitch for Fringe is, “Friends and Family. You can leave them. They never leave you,” and it explores relationships – and the nature of relationships – between friends, family members and between strangers. The promo blurb tells us more:
Real Life friends Vickey and Áine, aka Victor and Gord, have only one thing in common, each other. Sneaky cans. Sneaky fags. Free love. It was Ballinclea Heights. It was Killiney. Victor and Gord CUBED is a funny and moving theatrical celebration of friends and family featuring two additional real life relationships, including a brother and sister.
Gaelick caught up with the eponymous Victor to find out more about this new performance:
Gaelick: Can you tell us of the background to the idea for Victor and Gord CUBED and where the show’s ideas and themes originated?
Vickey: The show originated back in January when Una McKevitt, our director, thought it might be interesting to explore the friendship between Áine (Gord), her sister, and me. It began as a 20 minute piece for Project Brand New. From there Una found Ali and Michael, brother and sister, so she wanted to look at their relationship with each other. Una interviewed us all, and that’s where all the content has come from. The main theme, I guess, is relationships and how people are with each other. Áine and I are like two squabbling sisters, and Ali and Michael are like best friends.
G: Victor and Gord, Ali and Michael appeared as part of the Queer Notions series during the Dublin Pride Festival this year. Is Victor and Gord CUBED therefore a follow-on production of this?
VL Victor and Gord CUBED has evolved from the two past performances. We have now added Fergus and Jay – two people who previously didn’t know each other – and Una is exploring how they are with each other and their stories of life and growing up. The show is ever-evolving… This time ‘round, I think it’ll be much different to Victor and Gord, Ali and Michael: there are six of us on stage this time; and it’s not simply a matter of slipping Fergus or Jay into the other show – it’s about creating something brand new with them.
G: Can you tell us how the show differs now, or how it may have evolved?
V: The evolution of the performance is that things have changed for both me and Áine, and for Micheal and Ali in ways. I know that some stuff that I said in the interview in January is no longer valid. The relationship between Áine and I had changed, and these are the things we discuss and work on in rehearsals. Some elements are still there from the original show, but some have been dropped because we don’t believe it applies anymore. It’s a very interesting process to go through, and now with Fergus and Jay there are whole other matters and thoughts to be added.
Tickets for Victor and Gord CUBED can be purchased here.
Victor and Gord Cubed
Project Arts Centre Cube
Thurs 10th – Sat 12th
Saturday Matinée: 1:00pm
€15/12 (for every show)
Also: Check out Optical Mouse’s previous Absolut Fringe article, focusing on performances which may be of LGBT interest.
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