I schmooze with Keira Daley so-star and co-creator of ‘There’s no one new around you – A Tinder Musical’ (2015 Sydney Fringe Festival) … and get a selfie
“I had been speaking to Mark about my ideas. He had this idea to write some sort of dating show and I was thinking about the Tinder thing but did not want to do the clichéd ‘single girl doing cabaret about being single’…It would be much better to have a guy’s point of view… and harmonies would be nice… and not writing all of it myself – that would be great – collaboration!”
“..I have one screenshot where a guy has a shotgun on his back, a shotgun in his hands and a giant knife between his teeth…. What are you thinking!..”
“…. I saw this amazing sketch in Chicago, the entire life of one woman all in mime and underscored. She was going through her life, work, home, dating, getting married, having a child and she is on her phone the whole time……It ends with her daughter tugging on her top and she is still texting and texting and she finally looks at the daughter and she hands her the phone. …”
PART 2 – ‘There’s no one new around you’
So we are ready for the second half of my interview with Keira Daley. She is curating and hosting Slapdash Song Night every Friday as well as co-staring in a musical the same night. My second coffee is standing by and we are off on this fascinating new conversation.
So you decided having one show in the Fringe Festival was too easy, why not do two, and why not put them back to back each night?
There is a 20 minutes turn around… So I will be outsourcing that turn around!
So ‘Tinder the musical’? Otherwise know as….
I wrote the song ‘There is no one new around’ here for a Slapdash song night. I wrote that last year for a song writing battle. I started by writing a list of all the insane things I had seen in profile pictures on Tinder. I just wrote a list, that’s all I did and then I thought now what would be a good musical take on this. How about a Cole Porter Classic. It’s kind of a don’t get around much anymore rip-off. I performed that a couple of times at Slapdash and got a great response from the audience.
This made me think of images I had seen on Tinder – purely as a result of research based activities of course.. Dogs and cats…
Landscapes! Why would you choose to put an image like that on an application designed to have people instantly decide if they were interested in you
You don’t have to start me on that. We have this issue well covered.
Lets have a look.. (I find the app on my phone – how it got there I will never know!). Hmmm a woman in a marching band outfit with a vert tiny hat, A sign that reads “Off To The Airport”, A Hamster..
I think it s a bunny
A Bunny with its hands on its cheeks!
Judging from Mark, my co-star, has said the guys are a lot more insane than the girls as a general rule. There are plenty of bonkers women on the app but far more bonkers men. Very strange behaviour…. Lots of guns
Yes, that is what you are looking for in a partner!
I have one screenshot where a guy has a shotgun on his back, a shotgun in his hands and a giant knife between his teeth…. What are you thinking!
Yes that has got to say to a woman – Oh want to go on a quiet intimate date with you and ask you to drop me home.
Yes that is what I thought. I’ll feel safe with that man knowing where I I’ve!
Then there are lots of middle finger salutes (guys and girls) Why? Why is that a greeting? You see these are the things that keep me up at night… no they don’t really, but these sorts of questions needed to be asked publicly. So I wrote the song full of random things I had seen.
I wanted to practice and get better at writing music and Slapdash gave me the opportunity to put something on whether I was ready or not. I had been speaking to Mark about my ideas. He had this idea to write some sort of dating show and I was thinking about the Tinder thing, but did not want to do the clichéd single girl doing cabaret about being single. I did not want to go down that path. I was not sure there was anything I could say to add to that. It would be much better to have a guy’s point of view… and harmonies would be nice… and not writing all of it myself – that would be great – collaboration!
So the two of us started. Then there was one night at Slapdash when there was a song writing battle, Steven Kreamer wrote this song that floored us. It was so fantastic we marched up to him afterwards and asked him if he wanted to write a show with us. and he became the musical director. We all brought songs in and worked on them together. The old improv concept of ‘Yes And’ – bring in an idea and add to it.
Two weeks out and we are almost locked in. One and a half songs to finalise. Its the ending. Its always the ending.
Yeah, I have RSI in my right thumb from swiping left.
I actually have used Tinder to look for dates. Many people don’t realise it is more than just a way to hook up for a one night stand. It is now regularly used as an app to meet like minded people.
The really cool thing about it is that it broadens your circles. As a straight girl in the cabaret industry, that is fairly important! In any industry. You need ways to broaden the circle. It is not to hard to work out if they are a little bit weird.
The guns are start
Yeah. Guns are definitely a start. Guns, Knives, flipping he bird… gym shots, especially the one with a lot of ‘roids in evidence. Especially the head to shoulder ratio.
The existence of a neck is quite important I guess..
Yep. The existence of a neck is comforting, the lack of it is somewhat scary.
That is what this show is all about – its dating in the modern age. We were inspired by I Love you, Your perfect, Now Change. We thought maybe an update for the digital age. The revue-style show. There is not a narrative, heavy dialogue arc. We wondered if it should be about internet dating in general and we thought that is a lot of material and topics. Tinder has a lot of common traits with it so lets keep it with a narrow focus.
There is also an AV component to it as well, partly so that people who don’t use the app can still relate and appreciate the situation. Also to see the mechanics of it. We tested a few bits out on people who know the app, those that know it a little bit and some that don’t know it at all. We had to talk about the mechanics of how it works
To level the playing field with the audience.
Yeah. Then there is the next step, We deal with the clichés. There was the Trope (commonly occurring motives) with Tiger pictures.. now there is the new Trope, joking about not having Tiger pictures. For the ladies it is also the Marilyn Monroe quotes especially “If you don’t love me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best”. That quote gets used a lot in their blurbs.
Then there are the ladies with the ‘trout-pout’/‘duck face’. Then there is the selfies in the bathroom mirror, you can see the toilet in the background. Lots of selfies, but the bathroom is mystifying to me.
So how is the show structured?
Scenes, monologues. It is partly playing what-if, partly inspired by actual experience – There is one song Its called ‘Hate at First Sight’. Its based on a real life experience of mine – we made it to the end of the drink and then that was it. I nearly ran out.
It also looks at the what ifs about the people that swipe left. There is one scene about a couple that make you just think – How?You don’t get how this match happened. How on earth did those two swipe right and get matched. He gets a little more than he bargained for.
Does the show resolve. Are there any questions answered.
We wanted it to hit home a little bit. Our finale does have a little bit of an edge. the aim is for it to be funny, but every now and again there is a little ping of reality. Questions about loneliness, the modern age, how hard it is to meet new people. I feel like there is a statistic about more singles now than there has ever been
This sounds like a research question, so after the interview – I looked up the stats. In the USA in 2014, 50.2% of adults were single. Despite the rise of on-line dating, more adults in the US were single.
I saw this amazing sketch in Chicago, the entire life of one woman all in mime and underscored. She was going through her life, work, home, date, getting married, having a child and she is on her phone the whole time. All the other actors playing all the other roles in her life move her around the stage, being the furniture playing all the other roles an she is texting the whole time. It ends with her daughter tugging on her top and she is still texting and texting and she finally looks at the daughter and she hands her the phone.
It was so brilliant and funny and then it just stabs you. We try to touch on that sort of thing.
The device stopping us from interacting is now needed to help us meet people because we are not interacting?
We do approach the circularity of the fact that we spend our time waiting for trains and buses, travelling to work, everywhere we go, our faces buried in the phone. Then use an app like Tinder to try and find partners because we don’t meet people.
We have tried to find as many approaches to the topic as we can. There is a real absurdity to the digital age that I don’t think we question every day.
Mark definitely used the app to research the show. He discovered that if you keep swiping right you will eventually run out of options. It will tell you ‘You have run out of Likes’. Whereas if you run out of potential matches, if you swipe left too much, you will get to a point when it says ‘There is no one new around you’.
So I am swiping right on this show and heading it to see it.
Original songs by : Keira Daley (LadyNerd), Mark Simpson (Hairspray), and musical director Steven Kreamer (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Performances Dates, Times & Tickets
Friday 11 September 2015 09:30pm
Friday 18 September 2015 09:30pm
Friday 25 September 2015 09:30pm
Group of 6 $13
Booking Fee : $2.20
Duration: 45 minutes (No interval)