You’re Not My Friend Anymore!: An Interview with Craig Edwards & Katie Sykes
You’re Not My Friend Anymore! is a brand new show by Shoofly Theatre, which will be bounding into our Brewery Theatre for a week this February half term.
Shoofly Theatre are actor Craig Edwards and designer Katie Sykes, whose previous show credits include Cinderella: A Fairytale, The Ugly Duckling and Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves.
This is their latest creation and we’re sure its going to be a good one! We asked them a few questions about this show for ages 3 - 7 and their families.
This is a brand new show. What inspired you to write it?
We really enjoyed making Two Four Six Eight! ( a show about numbers for 4-7 year olds) and we wanted to make another show for that age group. Also a lot of schools we visited with that show were keen to get us back. Two Four Six Eight! was a really fun show and for our next piece we wanted to make a story with a bit more emotional substance to it. Then over the Summer we were watching our children and all their friends playing with their water pistols out in the street and the idea came.
Why did you call it You’re Not My Friend Anymore!?
This is a phrase that is often used by our children and their friends when playing. It is usually said as a way of resolving a dispute over who should play with who or the rules of a game. Born out of frustration it is usually a phrase said as a way of ending a situation that nobody knows how to end.
What can audiences expect from the performance?
Lots of cool music, funny faces, silly games, dares and children eating too many biscuits.
Is there going to be any music for the show?
Yes we will have a soundtrack of cool loops and beats put together by Craig plus original music composed by Sarah Moody.
What’s been your biggest challenge when making the show?
Making a one man show about friendships is a big challenge. As the sole performer on stage I will have lots of fun creating all the other characters.
What are the set and costumes like and is there any clever trickery with the set?
Inspired by the mess our own children create You’re Not My Friend Anymore! will be set in a world where things and people are constructed before our eyes from whatever is at hand. Expect some surprising creations !