What inspired you to create this show? Why this story?
The initial inspiration came from a personal desire to create a show about a lottery winner. I didn’t know which lottery winner, or what the story would be, but for some time I’ve wanted to interrogate the issues that arise from sudden financial gain and the pressure that it brings. After coming across Billie-Bob’s story I knew that this was the one. It is already a story full of drama and tragedy.
You describe the piece as a 'musical tale', what do audiences have to look forward to?
Many things! Musically this play is going to be a lot of fun; some country/ folk music and a little southern rock, we’re hoping to have some of the music played live too! It’s not just instrumental either, our cast are wonderful singers and Rob Hardie, our musical director, has some beautiful and chilling harmonies at the ready.
Have there been any obstacles in the creation of 'I didn't want this. I just wanted you'?
As a self funded company we pay our actors and creative’s through profit share – which is wonderful but has meant scheduling rehearsal around other work/ commitments- it’s been a challenge but one we are more than ready for. Another obstacle has been working out what to and not to include in the play, Billie-Bob’s story is already so full and dramatic that we couldn’t possibly stage it all!