What inspired you to take on As We Unravel by Annie Power? Why this story?
Even though the characters' stories are individual to them, they go through things we all connect with. There's a lot of truth in the family dynamic and the idea that as a family you're meant to be a unit but they each have their own individual lives to lead and that balance can be tough in any relationship. So the idea that there was something that I believe most, if not everyone can connect to in this story/with these characters thrilled me.
What have been some of the highlights in the development of As We Unravel?
The way everyone has come together and thrown themselves into it - I went in to my first rehearsal and the characters were already fully formed, Sass was throwing in these wonderful ideas to lift it and give it other layers (those scene transitions!) and Gwenan has been a powerhouse taking on so much and delivering more than asked for! Just watching them go has been a dream!
What attracted you to stage this production at The Bread & Roses Theatre?
The Bread and Roses isn't afraid of staging new productions, debuts and pieces that have something to say. Plus they've got a great following, and the stage is fantastic there - the ability to change it to suit the play is excellent!
So I'm the Artistic Director of Lotus Players Productions, which I co-founded with Phoebe Alice Ritchie. We're co-producing this with The Bread and Roses Theatre. Annie Power is our Writer, Sassy Clyde our Director, Gwenan Bain is our Stage Manager, and our Actors are Nance Turner, James Calloway, Velenzia Spearpoint and myself and Phoebe.
What do you think the state of British Fringe Theatre is right now, and how does As We Unravel fit into it?
Fringe theatre isn't afraid to take risks, particularly nowadays when we're in the middle of so many changes as a society. As We Unravel isn't afraid to question whether putting those you love ahead of yourself is really the best idea. It's a bold question and one that in discussion causes mixed reactions. And that's Fringe theatre - BOLD.
Who should see this production?
Galloways, Hamilton Hodell, United Agents, Curtis Brown - all the agents, come check out these actors. Up and coming and seasoned talent not to be missed.
What's next for Lotus Players?
We have had a couple of producers/writers contact us for collaboration and we're also toying with a few more creative ideas ourselves so we shall see!
AS WE UNRAVEL by Annie Power runs 21 - 25 May 2019