WINDOW: Terabac

WINDOW is Brighton Fringe's Arts Industry showcase created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career. We spoke to Terabac, whose show of the same name was selected as a WINDOW participant.

WINDOW: Terabac

Could you first introduce yourself to the readers?

We are an artist/designer, musician, poet and comedian who wanted to come together and create a theatre in a new way- co-devising so the piece is equally influenced by our respective disciplines. It has been a creative adventure that has been a fresh, risky, heady, rebellious experience. We really hope this comes across in the play; as we love our subject matter- crazily confounding insects.

Could you describe your act for us?

Insects are our barometers when it comes the climatic changes taking places and we are giving them a voice. Our show is fun, eclectic , sometimes subversive and often out right odd and surreal , a cabaret of insects with an urgent message to convey.

Why did you want to perform at Brighton Fringe?

We love Brighton and the Brighton Fringe, and we wanted to try out new material in this vibrant arena. Only in front of a live audience can our show begin to evolve and breath.

Why did you decide to apply for WINDOW?

To increase our presence at the festival and meet other creatives. It felt like a great way to expand our support network, and it really has been.

How did you react to being told you'd been selected to be showcased?

Woopee! What a great start. It's such an honour and we are chuffed to bits.

How has it helped you so far?

Focussed and galvanized us even more.

What is the best part of your job?

Playing and hanging out with three great and talented women. I love the inspiration that comes flying in from every angle.

Conversely, what has been the most challenging?

Balancing creativity with financial constraints and logistics. Also working out how to weave complex ideas into a readable show.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

A nice cup of herbal tea and eating Camilla's gluten free cake. We also love a group hum.

What is the process you go through when looking to create a new show? Are you very disciplined or do you need to be strict with yourself?

We are all very engaged in bringing our new discoveries to the table. It is easy to feel in awe of the insect world and revel in its wonder. Our task is to turn this passion into actions. We are experimenting with a very dynamic approach – taking our inspiration from found objects as much as from our topic. It's really fun, really exciting but also feels really risky!

What do you think has been the most dramatic change to the industry in the last five years?

Awareness about sustainable theatre practices and growing support in this area. A sense of greater cooperation in general, and more focus on inclusivity. There are also a great wave of contemporary theatre makers who are getting support from the establishment which is fantastic. And impro is really flourishing!

If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?

We'd be singers!

Imagine you possess the power to send one message back in time to 16-year-old you. What do you say?

Do what you love, trust what you love. Follow your instincts and don't worry so much about approval from others.

What advice would you give to young people who want to enter the industry?

Be true to your passions. Enjoy all the phases of the journey. Realise that there are no right or wrongs, just lots of ways of doing things. Don't give up, if you keep working at it you will get there, but it might take longer than you think.

Where can people find you on the internet, and find out more about your show?

Our website ......


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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