If you're wandering around Halifax and see a man in make-up holding hands with a doll that's holding hands with a robot, fear not—it's just actor Ian Mullan promoting his Fringe show, Androidgynous.
Mullan will be playing two roles, lovelorn Aunt June and her young, robot-obsessed charge Riley. "I was a kid who loved machines but didn't have the technical expertise to actually create what I wanted," says Mullan, "which was, more often than not, just someone to talk to."
And though Riley's troubles come from Mullan's real-life adolescence, Aunt June's grown-up concerns are more theatrical in nature. "I adore camp," he says, describing Androidgynous as "John Waters meets John Hughes—a little bit of heartwarming growing up and a little bit of overacting."
Mullan says Fringe is "great for trying stuff out" due to its limited runs, choices of venue and minimized costs. "It's also a great opportunity to explore ideas outside the realm of what has mass appeal," including productions about boys falling in love with robots. "Niche shows reign supreme at Fringe."
at Plan B, 2180 Gottingen
Friday, August 29, 6:45pm
Saturday, August 30, 8pm
Monday, September 1, 4:45pm
Thursday, September 4, 9:40pm
Saturday, September 6, 10:40pm