As an official media partner of the 30th annual St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal Theatre Hub brings the #FringeBuzz in 2021 with an all-new interview series with artists from this year’s edition of the fest! In this Snapshot, we feature playwright and performer CLAUDIO TAMBURRI. After last appearing at the local Fringe with I, CHRISTOPHER in 2019, he returns to the festival in 2021 with Quietus Productions’ THE SILENT SIGN. Read our Q&A with the artist in anticipation of the show’s premiere on June 12th at La Balustrade.
MONTREAL THEATRE HUB: As your latest fringe creation, what is The Silent Sign about?
CLAUDIO: This fringe show is about a down and out actor named Jeff that is given an opportunity to star in a rather unusual production by a mysterious filmmaker named David. What follows is a series of unusual filmmaking practices and demands from the director. The play is also about my experiences of loneliness within the acting communities, both theatre and film and TV, and how the lack of connections, lack of ability to make friends can cut you out of work.
MTH: What can audiences expect from the experience of seeing it?
CLAUDIO: Tough question. They can expect to see the other side of the acting community which very few people see and care about. They can expect the dark side of making films. People will react very differently to this show, they might figure out quickly but they might not figure it out at all.
MTH: What was the idea and inspiration behind the piece?
CLAUDIO: The idea was like a last minute decision to make a fringe show. I originally had the idea of a one person show of an entirely different topic, cancel culture, and then it went in a totally different direction, because the director of my last fringe show of 2019 I, Christopher, suggested I take it from a more personal level, to show my personal experiences of loneliness. In a way there is some very subtle traces of the cancel culture topic, but it’s more about what happens when as an actor you lack resources and connections. Some have to resort to being in unusual productions that might not feel too comfortable.
MTH: Why did you choose the Fringe as the place to premiere this work?
CLAUDIO: Last minute decision. I needed something to keep me busy during the summer.
MTH: What has it been like trying to create a show during a pandemic?
CLAUDIO: A little frustrating, had a little bit of convincing to do. You have to grab a team pretty quickly. Otherwise those people might be committed to another show.
MTH: What’s kept you driven to keep creating during this past year?
CLAUDIO: What motivates me is my active imagination, I’m very imaginative, it’s endless when it comes to creativity. I like to keep trying and the current circumstances have given me more time to create and reflect on my personal experiences, as seen in this show for instance.
MTH: How does it feel to be back presenting on a live stage?
CLAUDIO: Feels like a lot of emotions which I cannot describe. However there is a possibility that this could be my last live performance on stage as I intend to focus more on acting in front of the camera.
MTH: What have you missed most about the Fringe?
CLAUDIO: The atmosphere, the fringe for all, the fringe square, beer tent, food, pretty much everything.
Claudio Tamburri is an actor based in Montreal. He graduated from Concordia University with a BFA Major in Theatre in 2017. In 2018 he took part in the Young Creators Unit from Playwrights Workshop Montreal and interned for the Fringe. In 2019 he performed a one man show called I, Christopher in the Montreal and Toronto Fringe.
THE SILENT SIGN presented by Quietus Productions runs from June 12-20 at Monument-National’s La Balustrade (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard). Tickets ($8.00-$10.00) can be purchased online at www.montrealfringe.ca
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