What inspired you to write & direct Two of a Kind? Why this story?
I've loved directing this play for two reasons, the script is really weird, and its been a lot of fun exploring conversations that really shouldn't be said out loud, especially in public. But more than this, it has been a challenge (a great one!) to put two people, who could be attracted to one another in a story, and from the outset convince an assuming audience of the characters' platonic friendship. It is also easy to slip into the guise of, when a tragic end occurs, for a character to think 'oh god and I always loved her', but this isn't the case, the play simply explores the loss of a friend and I think this makes the play all the more poignant.
In terms of writing the play, dialogue is something that I personally think is the most important part of a script. I never really have a plot in mind when I write a play, I just put two people in a room and see what they end up saying to one another. I think this play came to mind as I became increasingly interested in subtext; the things that we really mean when we might say something totally different. Or in this case, the stories and truths we try and cover up in everyday conversations.
What have been some of the highlights in the development of Two of a Kind?
I have to say, when Lily and Dan came in after a very long couple of days of auditions, I nearly fell off of my chair with excitement. They really made the show come alive for me and continue to baffle me with their outrageous talent every day.
Who are the collaborators on this production?
Ah! My favourite people!
Coco Anthony produces various projects all over the country (Streetsmart being a particular favourite of mine). I had a rant to her over a cup of coffee about feeling totally out of my league and she simply told me to calm down, that she was going to come on board and sort everything out. She's pretty superhuman.
Our Assistant Director Henry Prenn is equally amazing. He runs around the country on film sets and we somehow managed to convince him to agree to also join the team so that someone can constantly translate my nonsensical babble.
Whats next for Me & Mi Theatre Company?
We are currently finishing up the script for a new show called The Forefront. We're hoping to get this finished in the next month or so, then we'll be knocking down The Bread and Roses stage door once again!
TWO OF A KIND runs 8th - 12th January, 7:30pm