An Interview with Ed Brody
Hello Ed, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?
Well I grew up in Cornwall but I’m now in London.
When did you first find yourself getting into the dramatic arts?
I always wanted to be a rock star when I was younger and like every teenager played the guitar, but soon realised that I wasn’t good enough! I started acted when I was 21.
What for you makes a good piece of theatre?
Something engaging. Something that keeps me focused. I have a notoriously short attention span!
What does Ed Brody like to do when he’s not being theatrical?
To travel. Watch t.v and read I guess.
You’ve been washed up on a desert island with a solar-powered DVD player & three films. Which would they be?
Ok, definitely Jurassic Park. Although that might be a bad idea if I’m alone on an island? Return of the Jedi and Lost in translation.
When did you first realise you could write for the stage?
I guess when I wrote my drama school dissertation. I put penthouse on a smaller scale and people liked it, so I made it longer and brought it to the fringe.
You have recently appeared on the BBC (Father Brown/The White Queen. What are the fundamental differences between acting on screen & on the stage?
Screen is far more subtle. Stage is bigger and louder, more people to reach.
You are the creator, & also an actor in, Penthouse: A Poignant New Production Challenging Perceptions Of The Banking Underworld, which is on right now at the Fringe. First things, first, why the elongated title & what does it mean?
Well actually it’s just called Penthouse, the rest is the blurb.
Can you tell us more about the play & its dynamics?
So I wanted to make a play which focused less on the industry and terminology side of business and more about the bankers themselves. We did a lot of research into bankers and traders and we found the results amazing. Penthouse focuses on them in a situation of desperation.
How much personal experience has made its way into the play?
Myself and the cast know a few and the stories they’ve told us of what’s really happened are amazing. In terms of my own personal experience, very little!
How are you all finding the Fringe experience thus far?
Exhausting! But I love it up here. Still looking to find time to do some exercise.
What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for Ed Brody?
Well I’d like to continue writing more as I have some ideas in store. I’m also hoping to go a quick holiday at some point if I’m not too broke!
The Space @ Niddry Street : Aug 4th-26 (16.45)