In its second reincarnation, "Sadly, performers are not invincible; we tend to break sometimes," jokes Darcy. "Even though I bounced back quickly, my illness highlighted the need for a contingency plan, and we now have a wonderful girl learning Joplin's part to provide support - just in case we need it again."
Full Tilt was originally performed at Oran Mor,
Darcy says Full Tilt came about in a very 1960s way. "I had appeared in a show called The 27 Club (written by
To get the project off the ground, Bissett approached the late
Arnott had the idea to frame the show between two very different opening and closing monologues, which then offered him the theatrical device of Joplin directly addressing the audience throughout the show. He is also a Joplin fan, which Darcy believes was crucially important.
"The play needed a writer who loved and respected Janis as an artist - and as a woman. Peter's interpretation is spot on: Janis was a real over-sharer with her audience, and would often deliver these wonderfully long and meandering monologues during a gig - usually about life, love and man hunting."
Bissett and Darcy have worked together on various television and theatre projects, but this is the first time Darcy has been directed by her colleague and close friend.
"We met at drama school - at the establishment formerly known as the RSAMD - and we were also in a band along with actor/musician
As far as the live band goes, Darcy and her fellow musicians have been playing together for a few years (they all worked together on The 27 Club which, post
"I'm a huge fan of
The cast has been overwhelmed with the Fringe reaction, not just from press and "industry" types but from their audiences too. The show attracts Joplin fans but has a wider appeal, as Darcy explains: "It is theatre at the heart, but with a real kick-ass band! Obviously it's the Fringe and we have only an hour, so we could not fit in all the songs we wanted, but we have a really good mix in the show."
Full Tilt is coming to the
"Who knows? I just try to concentrate on the present, and if anything happens in the future then it is always a bonus. As far as this show goes, we have tried to create an intimate experience, so I feel we should keep that vibe. I would like to keep playing smaller, more intimate, venues. It works, so why mess with it? I hope it has another life though, as it's just so fun to perform."
The rock '*' roll gods may yet deliver.
In its second reincarnation,
"Sadly, performers are not invincible; we tend to break sometimes," jokes Darcy. "Even though I bounced back quickly, my illness highlighted the need for a contingency plan, and we now have a wonderful girl learning Joplin's part to provide support - just in case we need it again."