What inspired you to write Taking Liberties? Why this story?
Caroline: I heard this thing once about how we're all only two mistakes away from homelessness and it stuck with me. The more I thought about it the more I had questions. Who's mistakes? Our own or some one else's? What would those mistakes be? And is that true? Are we all only two mistakes from homelessness? Or are some of us born luckier in that we'd need to make more mistakes than just two to truly get to the point of being homeless.
I also wanted to create a vibrant and colourful character who's funny and intelligent. Someone who is both strong, unapologetic and vulnerable. A woman who's as complex as all the women I know in my real life. As an actress those are the most exciting parts to play and there aren't always an abundance of parts like that about so I stocked up on Jaffa Cakes and gave it a go myself. These two things mingled as I wrote the character of Amy and I ended up with Taking Liberties.
What have been some of the highlights in the development of Taking Liberties?
Caroline: The show has been developed over the last year. Some highlights would be Jon Brittain seeing the show at Actor Awareness and offering Dramaturg support for writing the full piece. Being in the Actor Awareness new writing festival and working class season at The Tristan Bates Theatre, They were great opportunities to develop the show and shape it into what it is now.
Any stumbling blocks in the general development of Taking Liberties?
Stephanie: Like anything money. I always loved Caroline's script from the moment I read it and wanted to direct it but was always so busy. When Caroline got offered a slot for the working class season and didn't have a director attached I offered as I really believe in her as a writer and the message behind her story. Very human.
Who are the collaborators on this production?
Caroline: Glass Half Full decided to come on board to produce the play with Steph as director. Jon offering Dramaturgical help with the script. Actor Awareness have been a champion of me and the script since the beginning which has helped immeasurably.