HUMBLE SPUD STEALS SHOW
IT may have been delirium from the lack of sleep that a mother of a six-month-old and three-yearold functions on, but Scottish performer Shona Reppe knows how to create a highly imaginative show.
The evidence is in her 2008 production Potato Needs A Bath, which she will present at Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things from October 3 to 7.
“I came up with the title after imagining a potato sitting in a bread tin being scrubbed with a toothbrush,” Reppe said from her home near Edinburgh.
“I was immersed in that world of bath time, feeding, nappies; it made sense to make a show around these familiar routines and I’ve toured it all over the world.
“It's a tiny, gentle and fun play for three- to five-year-olds (and their parents) about a lady and her fruit and vegetable friends.”
Potato Needs A Bath follows the story of a bunch of fruit and vegetables going to a party where everyone is ready except Potato, who loves to play in the mud and needs a bath.
Reppe, who grew up in Aberdeen, said the play was all about the daily routine children could understand and relate to.
“They see themselves in it and I hopefully make them and their families laugh,” she said.
“I have always loved the theatre… I love making worlds and stepping in to them to share with my audiences. It’s a job I didn’t imagine, but now can’t imagine doing anything else.”