It's been a very enjoyable and creatively rewarding experience. With the improvisations we ended up generating so much material the biggest challenge was in deciding which bits told the story best. We all agree that it's been one of the most collaborative projects any of us have been a part of. It's been exciting as through the improvisations the original story has gone in unexpected directions....maybe into the story that it was always supposed to be?
What was the process and how long have you been working on it?
We started the project in August 2016 so by the time the show goes on we will have been working on it for just under a year. Colin had written a rough script a couple of years prior upon which we based the character's relationship and setting. The next stage was improvising the scenes; we set up a camera and just went for it. We would then evaluate the improvisations and type videos up into a script. Since then it's been a balance of editing and rehearsals to make the most entertaining and compelling play we can.
After working together on previous productions we found we had common ground in the way we like to work and wanted to continue that relationship. We wanted to tell stories we felt passionate about and create three dimensional, believable characters that we could relate to. As a company this is our first production but as individuals we each bring an extensive career and experiences which help define us as a collective.
And who are the people involved in Back to Where?
Colin James: Writer/Director, Thomas Arnold-Haynes: Stage Manager, Matt Part: Sound designer & Composer, Craig Montgomery: Graphic Designer. The script is based on improvisations by the cast Hannah Hawkins & Vincent Andriano.
And what can we most look forward to from your production?
Audiences will experience a play created from scratch which combines brutal and at times cringe-worthy honesty with a colorful comic wit. Back To Where is an exploration of marriage, companionship and love with all the quirks and quandaries that come with it.
Back to Where runs 11th to 15th July at 7.30pm! BOOK NOW!