Three West Dorset women who write collaboratively as 3-She, take inspiration from the moai on Easter Island to inform their comedy sketch show Big Heads & Others. This will be performed as part of the Shaftesbury Fringe in July where comedy is used to shine a torch upon the topical and tropical.
Easter Island, the remote Chilean territory, saw more than 150,000 visitors last year and many trampled over sacred ground to take pictures of themselves and their friends. Failure to respect ancestors who are depicted as huge heads known as moai is causing distress amongst islanders.
Big Heads & Others gives voice to the statues by having actors play the roles of three toppled moai. They are besieged with visitors to the island and getting the statues’ views of the situation is not only funny but informative. In a review of the show staged at Bridport Arts Centre in 2018, Maria Donovan said: The three Big Heads, from their immoveable positions, observe what they can see of the world, each other’s behaviour and the visiting ‘oomans’. The contrast of their fixed positions with the mobility of their faces and their nimbleness of voice and words is hilarious and proved a big hit with the audience.’
Big Heads & Others will be performed at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Saturday 6 July at noon. It is a family show which has broad appeal. This event is free of charge – just turn up on the day!
Gail Aldwin, Maria Pruden and Sarah Scally have been writing collaboratively for three years. They have had their short plays and comedy sketches staged in Bridport, Salisbury and Brighton. You can find follow 3-She on Twitter @3She1 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ThreeSheDorset/