Stories emerge and overlap in this energetic dark comedy. Generations battle in a tug of war. Somewhere, a girl chooses between being a name or a number. Avatars strive towards the end of their video game. A boy struggles to get served at an off licence. Reflecting and exploring our own identities and how we construct them, as part of a flock that feel FLEECED.
Roman Berry (Production and Marketing Manager) had a candid interview with Co-Founders, Artistic Directors and siblings, Georgia Hardcastle and Sally Hardcastle.
S - Well, we've always planned things together, haven't we?
G - We've always been big planners! And it was once we looked towards going into theatre in sort of separate ways that those plans became for the future instead of just for fun.
S - the reason we've actually formed Matipo as a company now, is that we've had the opportunity to produce Fleeced.
G - Yes, this is our first official collaboration. And the name...
S - The name Matipo comes from the road we were born on in Te Atatu, New Zealand - it's where our placentas are buried!
G - It felt right to name our production company after where we're from.
S - Because that's where any of our work ultimately comes from as well.
Who are the people behind Matipo?
S - It's us!
G - Yes, we're a team of two sisters.
As siblings and co founders, how do you differentiate roles in the company?
S - I come to projects from a design angle, and Georgia is more the writing/directing side of things.
G - Plus we share producing responsibilities for now.
As it is your debut production, what sort of issues is covered in FLEECED & what theatre does Matipo focus on or is passionate about?
G - This show deals with identity, and that's something that will certainly continue to be a focus of our work.
S - Well I think Fleeced is a pretty fair representation of Georgia's writing style... our focus is on new writing.
G - Yes, I think it's always got to have a slightly angry impetus about it! Certainly, everything we have in the pipeline deals with things I can get passionate enough about to pursue in writing.