Our Camden Fringe Featured Show series continues with Square, a surreal, dark and violent comedy with political undertones, which runs this weekend at the Cockpit Theatre. This new piece, devised by Tale to Be Told Theatre and based on personal experiences, offers a surreal take on a system that punishes those who don’t conform. Watch the ominous trailer below – and get booking!
“You keep on hammering away, forcing the fit… Because that’s what you’ve got to do, right? The way it’s always been. And you’re exhausted. But the effort…well, that’s not the problem. Just look at the damage you’ve done to all those pegs.”
Square takes a look at a world where square pegs must be forced to fit into round holes… and the chaos that ensues when one person begins to look at square pegs differently, refusing to conform.
Written in response to the increasing number of cases of social injustice in today’s politically unstable climate, Square was conceived and devised by Terri Ann Creaser and Kulraj Thety, who also star as Norma and Norman.
Both Creaser and Thethy know first-hand what life can be like as members of marginalised communities. Creaser’s experience becoming homeless, with her young children, and getting caught up in a housing system designed to ‘catch out’, rather than support and care for, claimants inspired the initial ideas for Square. Thety’s own lived experience, as a gay man in the Asian community, also informed the development of his character.
“The play was inspired by our personal frustrations (mine with being homeless, Kulraj’s experiences as a gay man). It offers a surreal take on those frustrations and takes a poke at a system designed to fail the vulnerable. Really, it could apply to many different scenarios. It’s a manifestation of those feelings of frustration and despair at an unfair political system.”
About Tale Be Told
Tale Be Told Theatre is an award-winning company, supported by the Hounslow Creative People and Places Project and led by Terri Ann Creaser, Kulraj Thety and Emma Butcher.
The company’s aims are to shine a spotlight on untold stories of marginalised communities and people in crisis, sharing tales of social injustice and challenging audiences to consider their own perceptions of others. They share interactive, verbatim-led stories while utilising elements of comedy, visual and physical theatre to challenge audiences to place themselves in the shoes of others.
“We feel that the audience member should be seen as a participant to the play rather than simply a spectator and so our plays involve them on the journey our characters take.”
Tale Be Told Theatre was launched in 2015, with the initial aim of providing arts theatrical experiences for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. From initial research, workshops, script development and rehearsals, they foster a collaborative process that keeps the honesty of the story and are committed to a community outreach programme that enables disadvantaged communities to access the arts.
“At the root of our work is the desire to tell a tale, and to help others tell theirs.”
Terri Ann Creaser is a performer and facilitator and trained at Bretton Hall and The BRIT School for the performing arts, where she developed a passion for devising and creating original theatre pieces.
Kulraj ThetyKulraj has performed, directed and written a number of shows. He trained in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.