Unable to escape this cycle, Emma hides the choice she has made, even when joined by friends on the night of her birthday celebration. If you're stuck in that cycle; how desperate will your actions become?
Bearded Dog Theatre’s thought-provoking new play A SINGULAR CHOICE by Niall Kiely, is currently playing this week at The Bread & Roses Theatre. Bearded Dog Theatre’s Co-founders Anson Williams (Executive Producer) and Niall Kiely (Artistic Director) discussed with Roman Berry (The Bread & Roses Theatre Production & Marketing Manager), their theatre highlights so far, ON THE state of British Fringe Theatre and their new piece A SINGULAR CHOICE!
What inspired you to establish Bearded Dog Theatre? And how did you come up with the theatre company name?
Anson:I think we wanted to see more theatre talking about unspoken subjects. We both love all kinds of theatre but our favourite shows tend to be powerful shows with strong messages. We’ve also chosen to focus mainly on storytelling, and allowing these unspoken subjects to show people that there is someone listening and their stories are being told and heard!
Niall:Our name came from my childhood dog Caffrey who was a Bearded Collie. We decided on Bearded Dog because dog’s are man’s best friend and we tell them everything honestly, something that we wish to do with the theatre we create.
What sort of issues/ theatre does Bearded Dog Theatre focus on or passionate about? (is it concentrating on new writing, classics or musicals?
Anson: Unspoken topics; something that others are too scared to talk about. Our previous show was about male rape and I challenge you to name another show that exclusively deals with this topic. We want people to feel they have a voice and someone is willing to share their stories. I’d love to attempt this idea in Musical Theatre one day, but that is very much on the back burner (haha.).
Niall: I feel as if we’re drawn to new writing because it deals with topics not discussed whereas older plays will have already allowed the discussion of the themes they explore. I’d be interested in doing a classical in a way that isn’t commonly done and can offer new insight.
What was the inspiration in developing and writing A Singular Choice? Why this story?
Niall:Although I’m now a graduate I began writing it as a student because I was shocked to hear that this was happening to people of my own age and how easily it could occur. Everyone jokes that student life is tough but sometimes I don’t people realise how hard it can be in this climate. I wanted to shine a light on this crisis in a way that makes people question why we’ve ended up with a society where this is increasingly taking place but do it in a way that is relatable.