“I guess for me, I’m sort of at that point in my own life now, in my late 20’s, and coming at it from that angle. So, in terms of understanding her as a character, her problems feel quite real to me; just writing her, I feel like I intimately know her and what drives her, so that’s part of the prep too.”
Coming from an interesting global socio-political climate through 2018, we were curious if any of the goings on this year had created the opportunity or need to change or modify the performance for 2019.
“I’m not sure. We haven’t actually started rehearsals yet, so I can’t speak yet, to how it’s potentially changed. I think there will be parts of dialogue that may change, depending on things that have happened around the world, and in Australia politically speaking. But those tweaks will probably happen on the floor and in the rehearsal room.”
“So, certainly there’s space for parts of jokes, or parts of dialogues to change, and that just happens naturally when you’re in any production. So, I guess we’ll see once we get on the floor and see how it feels.”
And her hopes for the performance following the show’s sold out season in Sydney in 2018.
“I really hope that people who didn’t get to see it the first time are able to come along, because it sold out in Brisbane, and a lot of people missed out and were quite upset about it. So, I’m hoping that they’re able to get them this time and see it.”
“I also hope that people who did see it the first time, are able to bring in family and friends and people who don’t normally go to theatre to experience something different, or finally see a show that they can relate to on a personal level.”
We also asked how she sees her future, in regard to creating more influential and successful theatre into the future.
“I guess just writing stories that feel important to me and speak to the messages that I want to put forward about the world. I definitely feel that theatre has to come from a place of heart, and a sense of urgency about something that you need to say, or something that needs to change.”
“That’s always my ethos, going into any new writing project. So, I’m working on a couple of new theatre pieces now, and they’re definitely driven by that.”
As well as her personal hopes for the coming year and the influences of the past year on her ideological beliefs for all, going forward.
“Yeah, I think because things are changing so quickly in terms of how we speak about gender and politics and race, and our own identities; things are changing at such a rate, that we don’t really have the vocabulary to deal with it. So, we’re making mistakes as we go, which is great, because we’re all learning from that constantly.”