New Dreams Theatre Artistic Directors, Kevin Russell and Paul Vates have been working together, collaborating on many productions with the company since its inception. Roman Berry (Production & Marketing Manager) caught up with Kevin Russel and asked him about the company and all things theatre.
Who are the people involved with New Dreams Theatre and how did this New Writing Event come about?
Paul Vates and I, basically began it and built up its reputation and then this year we invited the wonderful Stephanie Perry and Julia Florimo to the team. We've worked with other shows before. Their experience in the theatre is quite vast, creating a lot of opportunities for the future of the company, that’s why we started TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW.
What have been some of the highlights in the development of New Dreams Theatres’ TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW?
TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW has been a great progression, because it’s something we had never done before, presenting completely new writing. Up until now, we had presented either contemporary classics, like Memory of Water, Diary of Anne Frank and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
What are the dominant stories & themes on the third instalment?
We have fantastic plays coming on our third outing. We have a brilliant one act play called Bandit by William Patterson - probably nearest to Harold Pinter in style you will find today! It is very funny and very disturbing at times. You never quite know what is happening.
The second half several shorter plays or various themes. Including being homeless and having to live off benefits at a bed and breakfast.
I had directed a short play at The Bread & Roses Theatre for another company. I just fell in love with the atmosphere of the intimate space and building.
What next for New Dreams Theatre?
We plan to be doing more new evenings of new writing and determined at finding the right new play, never been performed before, to fully stage. And we are also looking at getting the rights to a well-known contemporary classic play, which will be very exciting!
We also want to expand our repertoire and different styles of plays.We all take great pride in showcasing the very latest talent coming into the profession alongside established artists. And we want everyone to come along on this roller coaster ride of laughter, tears and amazing new talent.
THE LINE UP:
BANDIT By William Patterson
Directed by Daisy Milner
TELO By Megan Fellows
Directed by Laurel Marks
SUNFLOWER by Roy Proctor
Directed by Joe Miller
SUNNY SIDE UP By Alan Hall
Directed by Tess Agus
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