I Want You To Admire Me/But You Shouldn’t is a frenzied interactive theatre/live art performance, accompanied by an improvised live musical score that asks: what do we deem worthy of praise?  How do we distort ourselves in our search for the admiration of others? We caught up with Jeremy Wong to get some answers.

Book tickets for I Want You To Admire Me/But You Shouldn’t  on the 23 May here

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

What makes your show different?

The way it has transformed since the beginning of the project. When we started working on the show a year-and-a-half ago, it was as a project based around a short story called ‘A Hunger Artist’ by Franz Kafka. While the current performance is improvisational and built around gameshow structures, the project’s Kafka-esque themes still run as an undercurrent throughout the show, and particularly come to the fore in the later parts of the piece. This chequered process means that the show is a bit of a theatrical rollercoaster – it’s by turns irreverent, silly, artificial, honest and (occasionally) really quite beautiful.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

Anyone interested in the way we perform our worth and our misery and also anyone who likes whimsical improvisation and game-playing – it’s honestly a bit of a weird balance. Very often, people who we wouldn’t have thought of as a “target audience” have really enjoyed the show, so if you aren’t sure you should come along and give it a go (but we would say that, wouldn’t we.)

What has been the best advice you have been given?

That no really knows what they are doing. That we are all making it up as we go along, trying to find our own path. If you can accept that, it can be really freeing as makers and as a theatre company.

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

Definitely Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, also on at the Marlborough. Sam is a brilliant maker – his show masterfully treads the line between light-hearted fun and a really beautiful and tender exploration of intimacy. Also Me and My Bee by ThisEgg and DollyWould by Sh!t Theatre are both must-sees.

Who are your biggest influences?

Individual makers like Jamal Harewood, Chris Goode, Chris Thorpe, as well as live art companies like ZU-UK; basically anyone making genuinely thought-provoking work which challenges theatrical convention in a way that feels more accessible and more exciting.

Why did you choose to perform at The Marlborough?

The Marlborough has a dazzling history of radical and exciting live art work and we really wanted to be part of that legacy; the stage space is also ideal for this show. It also doesn’t hurt that the Marlborough is run by a lovely team and is right above a pub.

What else are you excited about getting up to in Brighton?

Long walks on the beach.

Book tickets for I Want You To Admire Me/But You Shouldn’t  on the 23 May here

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