Published on June 18th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett
Back “Who Are You Supposed To Be?” for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Catchy title isn’t it? It’s actually for a new play by Jennifer Lusk that considers why her character can’t play a version of the Time Lord on television. But at its heart, this is much more than just a show about Doctor Who.
Co-starring Cameron K McEwan, better known as Blogtor Who, this is a play about:
A love story where the characters initially bond over pop culture references. As well as love, the show also tackles the issue of anxiety – and how we cope outside our comfort zones.
Originally crafted as a celebration for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, Who Are You Supposed To Be? Also deals with very recent themes due to the departure of Matt Smith from the role later this year. The two characters in the piece argue about the ramifications of the Doctor becoming a woman, something that has been discussed greatly in the past few weeks.
But there’s also something for everyone in this play, it’s not just for Doctor Who fans, as writer Keith Gow points out:
It was important to us that the show wasn’t just about Doctor Who jokes or Batman references. We’ve all got different sides and I wanted to make sure the show captured that…It would be easy to make a show that relies on in-jokes, but we definitely want to appeal to everyone.
So it’s for people who fall in love, people who have awkward moments. All of us.
The show begins with 13 runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and then hopefully moves on to bigger and better things from there. Rehearsals have already begun but funding is still needed for costumes as they play an integral part in the show. Lusk explained her reasons:
My character, Ash, is dressed up as Peter Davison’s Doctor throughout the show. We need money to get that costume right. That’s her character – she likes to dress up! She spends hours making these costumes. The show needs to get that right.
And co-star McEwan also teased in the press release with a non spoilery spoiler:
I get to dress up late in the show as well…but I can’t tell you who I dress as.
If you would like to get involved and help with the funding for these costumes, we would urge you to visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/who-are-you-supposed-to-be/x/3629016 . As you can see, funding is going well but they still need your help!
Who Are You Supposed To Be? is by Keith Gow and stars Jennifer Lusk and Cameron McEwan. It will be Directed by Emrys Matthews. The play runs from August 14th until 26th and you can find out more by visiting https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/who-are-you-supposed-to-be .