Edinburgh Preview: Rory Horne on Argonaut Theatre's Action at a Distance / by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

'Action at a Distance' looks at the world of U.S. drone strikes and the resulting civilian casualties through the eyes of Chris (Rosa Caines), an out-of-work plumber in a small town in Nevada. After a chance encounter with Josh (Dom Luck), a vigilante working to expose the true consequences of the strikes, Chris wants to get involved in his world, but her desire to help sends her towards obsession, desperation and the darkest of ethical dilemmas. We hope that the show will spark off some complex and nuanced discussions at the Fringe about the relationship between the citizen and the nation in which they live, Obama’s complicated legacy, and how far we’re willing to test the limits of moral behaviour to help the people we love.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

This is our first show as ARGONAUT, but the whole team has Fringe experience with other companies. For example, Rosa and Dom were up last year with 'STEAM', a show by the Minotaur Theatre Co., and I was working with Paines Plough at the Roundabout, and with Walrus, flyering for 'Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons'. But it's a whole new thing for me to be up with a show I've worked on creatively, and I can't wait to experience Edinburgh as a writer of a show that is being performed.

What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

Stressful but fun is probably the best way to put it. There's so much going on, so many plates to spin, and I'm constantly feeling like I've forgotten something, or neglected to reply to an important email. However, the process of putting the show together has been so rewarding and enjoyable, and the perfect antidote to all of those stresses. We feel so good about what we've put together in the rehearsal room and just can't wait to bring it to Edinburgh audiences.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

We've each got lists of shows we're keen to see, and there are so many already. There are some shows with us at ZOO that we're really excited to see, such as 'Anyone's Guess How We Got Here', 'Celebration' and 'We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)'. We're also hyped to see 'Me and My Bee' at Pleasance and 'Threadbare' at theSpace. I'm working with Paines Plough again this year, so I can't wait to see all their shows, as well as everything else that Summerhall has to offer this year.