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SEE BELOW FOR PROFILES ON ALL THE WRITERS AND DIRECTORS TAKING PART IN THIS FAB PROJECT!

Each individual has been given 24 questions to answer which we hope will give you an insight into them and what they’re all about.

 


 

The final profile from the Creative Team of the Roughhouse Theatre / Rondo Theatre 24 Hour Play project comes from Director Nick Young:

nick2WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Nick Young

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Bristol now

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Theatre making

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? Sounds like fun.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? Sunshine and sea

WHO INSPIRES YOU? As I’m writing it’s the Ghostface Killah. Last night it was Tom Holland. It changes.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Wit and a lack of sense of self importance

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Marvin Gaye – Got to Give it Up (part 1)

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Inertia and man-made heights

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Run far

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Run far and fast

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Janet Suzman directingOthello in South Africa last century

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Work can be staged anywhere. Just do it.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? The Wire

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? Stones

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Gimme Shelter

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? My daughter

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Idris Elba

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? The ability to pick up and instrument and play it

MARVEL OR DC? Marvel

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? In the Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Once Upon a Time in America (waaaay overdue)

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Daft Punk – Get Lucky

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? What The F*ck’s Going On?!

NICK YOUNG:
The Lamentable Tragedy The Wonder Club “Ambitious and imaginative work…genuinely thrilling.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
The Station The Idle Dream (2011 National Tour) “Spellbinding storytelling” **** A Younger Theatre

 


 

 

We round off our 24 Hour Plays Creative Team Writer profiles in style with writer and broadcaster Catherine Bray:

Image by Rob Baker AshtonWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Catherine Bray

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Balham, Gateway to the South.

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Writer/broadcaster.

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? I think you should run head first at what scares you, apart from if what scares you is great white sharks or highly trained military insurgents.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? Food that tastes obscenely expensive, but isn’t; a bath that feels hot enough to scald, but doesn’t; a book that looks far too long to be interesting, but is.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? Kind people, funny people, intelligent people, curious people, open-minded people.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Kindness, humour, intelligence, curiosity, open-minded, a willingness to overlook repetition.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? The theme fromDallas.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Questionnaires.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I wish I knew.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Spotify playlists. My current most played is a mixture of music used in The Bling RingSpring Breakers and the Fern Kinney song from the EDF Energy adverts.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? What, apart from my writing partner Sarah Hunt? Probably Edgar Allan Poe, because he had such an interesting mind, although if we did collaborate I might have to have a word about the whole marrying-your-underage-cousin-thing.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? What, apart from the Rondo Theatre in Bath? Probably the National because I’ve seen so much good theatre there.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? The Book Of Mormon. It was weirdly sexy.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? The Beatles. Although Nic Roeg’s Performance is one of my favourite films to feature a rock star, so hat tip to Mick Jagger for that, and also for being the only person to age into their own Spitting Image puppet.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Eleanor Rigby.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? I was once sent condoms in the post as part of a promotional campaign for a film.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Joan Collins.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? An unfailing ability to remember people’s names correctly and in a timely fashion, instead of three hours after I’ve spent an evening calling someone the wrong name.

MARVEL OR DC? All due respect to Aquaman, but as a Joss Whedon fan, I have to say Marvel.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Eye In The Door, the second book in Pat Barker’sRegeneration trilogy. Now I need to read the first one.

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Ludicrous 1982 Academy Award nominee The Scarlett Pimpernel,starring Anthony Andrews circa Brideshead Revisited as a more deliciously ridiculous version of that damned elusive Pimpernel than the one in Blackadder.

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Together We Are Beautiful, by Fern Kinney, from the EDF Energy adverts.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting to buy my autobiography, so I would probably call it something fundamentally dishonest in a desperate attempt to have it not end up in a big pile alongside books by X Factor winners of yore at The Works discount book store. How about: Surprising And Delightful And Occasionally Shocking Anecdotes That Will Make You Rich And Thin And Popular At Dinner Parties.

CATHERINE BRAY: Catherine is a writer, broadcaster and critic. She is Editor of Film4.com and a regular guest on BBC1′s Film 2013. She also contributes to the Guardian, Time Out, Radio 4 and BBC3. Her playThe Other Plans, written with fellow 24 Hour Play writer Sarah Hunt, will be staged in London summer 2013.

 


 

 

Kicking off the final week of 24 Hour Plays Creative Team profiles in style is writer, director and animator, the truly international 24 Hour Plays Director Sara Barbas:

 

 

sbarbasWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Sara Barbas

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Bristol (where I live) and Lisbon (where I was born).

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Writer and Director.

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? It sounded like a great challenge and I’ve never directed for theatre before.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? I think I would have two types of ideal days. The holiday one would contain sun, sea, seafood, family and friends. The normal one would contain work or writing in a coffee shop and a lovely dinner. Either option would have to involve my partner and my daughter. And lots of sleep.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? People who work hard for their dreams.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Openness. Kindness. Drive. Intrepidness.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Você Não Entende Nada by Chico Buarque.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? The thought of panicking.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I organise.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Make myself a cup of Earl Grey and check my emails. Make lists.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Stephen Fry. Quentin Blake. Hugh Laurie. Peter Lord. Mads Mikkelsen.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? The Bristol Old Vic.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? The Gruffalo’s Childanimated short film on the big screen at Bristol Animated Encounters.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? You say yes, I say no…

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Eleanor Rigby.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Pass.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? An animated character.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? Swimming. Surfing. Projecting my voice.

MARVEL OR DC? I’ve always preferred French, Belgian and Brazilian comics!

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Little Miss Giggles by Roger Hargreaves.

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Love is All You Need by Susanne Bier.

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? The Nutcracker march.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? Open Return.

SARA BARBAS
Sara is a freelance writer, director and animator. She is a regular collaborator with Bristol based Aardman. Recent credits have included Oscar Winner Wallace and Gromit – The Curse of the Were-RabbitShaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts USA.

 


 

What better way to end a working week than another 24 Hour Play Creative Team profile. Today, writer Alice Nicholas explains why she is a Dark Horse

Alice NicholasWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Alice Nicholas

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Where my partner, soul and bath is! (currently Bristol, Bedminster)

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Professional theatre practitioner (which covers all number of sins) and drama therapist trainee

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? It is a fantastic opportunity and a real challenge. I am really honoured to have been asked to be a part of such a prestigious and exciting project.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? Oh gosh … morning tea and pancakes with my current book, afternoon walk in the sun by the river, evening Indian meal, drinks and late night film with my partner, followed by a hot bubble bath and a loooooong sleep.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? My friends, colleagues and the amazing clients and participants that I work with.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Bravery, honesty, modesty, kindness.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Nitin Sawhney Letting Go

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Losing the people I love.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Read fiction novels, take baths, drink wine, watch trashy TV.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Yoga, meditation, coffee (if I’m really desperate).

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Alecky Blythe, Sue Jennings or Dali Lama

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, schools, youth clubs, parks, caves, a caravan or anywhere unusual.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? Orpheus by Little Bulb Theatre at the Battersea Arts Centre – Incredible night out!

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? Ummmm …. Beatles???

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Baby you can drive my car!

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A flying saucer! (of the sweet, not space, variety)

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Zooey Deschanel (Apparently I am New Girl!!!)

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? Ability to play instruments and to teleport!

MARVEL OR DC? Don’t know who either of these people are! (Am I too young???)

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Mama by Guillermo Del Toro

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Everybody Dance Now (du du du du du!)

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? Dark Horse

ALICE NICHOLAS: Alice completed the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. Her recent work includes Sherman Swingers for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and Honest for Theatre West’s 2012 Season at the Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol.

 


 

The second of our profiles today sees the turn of Plymouth theatre maker and AD of New Model Theatre, Tom Nicholas.

tom-nicholas-headshotWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Tom Nicholas

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Plymouth

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Theatre-Making
WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? I love making things quickly, being forced to follow gut instincts and creating raw theatre.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? It would probably start with a nice lie-in, perhaps a pub lunch, a good book in the afternoon and then a barbecue with some mates in the evening.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? Every time I see a piece of theatre I tend to come away inspired, either because I loved it and want to be able to make work just as good or because I hated it and want to make a piece to oppose it!

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Patience and Perseverance.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Ready to Start Arcade Fire

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? EVERYTHING.  I’m a massive wimp.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Watch Peep Show.  Watch lots of Peep Show.  You can’t go wrong withPeep Show.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Put on some really good music.  Maybe some Bruce Springsteen.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Presuming we can bring back the dead, I’d like to work with the reanimated corpse of Augusto Boal.  I think some of the things he wrote about theatre, and its uses as a form of political empowerment are really inspiring.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? I’d love to do a play set in the House of Commons and perform it in the House of Commons.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? I really loved Bigmouth.  Such an impressive solo performance.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? The Beatles.  Side B of Abbey Road is a musical masterpiece.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? The End.  ”And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love (beat, beat) you make.”

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A banana holder from my Mum.  It has yet to see action.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Justin Bieber.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? I’d like to be able to Skateboard.  I think I’ve passed the age where its acceptable to learn to skateboard.

MARVEL OR DC? DC.  Love Batman.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Stieg and Me by Eva Gabrielsson.  It’s about the author Stieg Larsson.

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? The Wind That Shakes The Barley

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Here’s Looking at You, Kid by The Gaslight Anthem

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? The Last Train Back to Plymouth

TOM NICHOLAS: Tom is Artistic Director of New Model Theatre.
Static (2013 Supported by the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and National Tour)
“New Model Theatre is going places and destined for a blistering tour round the summer festivals.”
Wildfire Magazine

 


 

 

Seeing as we skipped yesterday, you have TWO Creative Team member profiles to look forward to today.

First up is Artistic Director of Butterfly Psyche and 24 Hour Play Writer, Alison Farina.

alison-image-smallestWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Alison Anne Kateri Farina.

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? I am very lucky to have had many places to call home, but for now it’s Bath.

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? If I had a dime for every time someone in my family asked me that…

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? I love putting pressure on myself to do something. The 24 Hour Play Project is the epitome of this! Also, I knew it would be a great opportunity to meet other people and be exposed to lots of different voices and styles all in one night.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? A day off from the pressure I put on myself to do something. And quality-time with my husband and dog.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? Not so much anyone in particular, but I guess my biggest inspiration is human behavior, especially when faced with challenges or obstacles.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Honesty, respect, good sense of humor and the ability to not take oneself too seriously.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Waterfall by the Stone Roses.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Death. And clowns. And Monkeys. Monkey-death-clowns. Aaahhh *hides under table*.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I don’t.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Wake up in the morning and remember everything I have to do.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Neil Gaimen, although I’d probably be rendered a blithering idiot (or worse) and wouldn’t be able to achieve anything useful. In which case I’d say Charlie Kaufman. I love his work, the delicate (and not overpowering) use of surrealism and he has a fantastic sense of humor.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Anywhere in NYC so my family could finally see what it is I actually do.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? Without a doubt, Bear Trap Theatre’s Bound a few years ago. The world they created was incredibly visceral, full of emotion and truth and more real than anything I’ve seen in a long time. I just watched in awe.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? The Beatles

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Hmm… too many to choose just one, but I suppose The Fool on the Hill. And Blackbird.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Last year I got 7 (yes, SEVEN) aluminum-American-Flag-Motif-YoYos from my mother. She thought I might want to “hand them out to friends”. Ahh….

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Sofia Coppola. Let’s face it, she’s not had much on acting-wise since The Godfather III.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? I wish I could play an instrument. I took lessons at various things throughout my life but never was able to focus enough to get anywhere with it.

MARVEL OR DC? DC

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Snow Child by Mary-Ann Harrington

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Iron Man III (yes, he is Marvel, I know that.)

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Well, since I’ve just had to go through the Beatles entire discography trying to narrow down my answer to the above, I’ve now got Polythene Pam in my head, which I hate. So, thanks very much for that.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? However Measured or Far Away

ALISON FARINA: Alison is Artistic Director of new writing company Butterfly Psyche.

Recent credits include producing the Making Trouble 2013 winner Players and Gentlemen by Frank Hatt. Running at Bath’s Rondo Theatre and Bristol’s Alma Tavern Theatre. Other credits include Temple Newsam House Project (2013 Temple Newsam, Leeds Museums), Fertility Objects (2012 Rondo Theatre, Bath),Headlines: The Night Cafe (2011 Black Box Theatre, Bristol).

 


 

 

Today we turn our focus onto head honcho and self-confessed Grand Fromage of host venue the Rondo Theatre, Mr. Ian McGlynn.

SAMSUNG CSCWHAT’S YOUR NAME? Ian McGlynn

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Bath

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Coping.

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? The thrill ride. It’s terrifying, exciting and a terrific experience.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? Music, food, time with loved ones – particularly the wife.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? No whos. Just whats.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Forgiveness. Generosity. Humanity.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Livin’ Thing by the Electric Light Orchestra.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Death. Poverty. Not having any ideas.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Drink. Eat. Weep. Watch movies packed full of quips and explosions.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Coffee.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Harold Pinter. Jeff Lynne. They could have written a musical together, which I would then have directed.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? I suppose the National Theatre, but to be honest I don’t really mind.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? I genuinely can’t think of the last thing that REALLY did this.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? Er, The Beatles. No contest.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Just one? Seriously? Oh all right then,I Am The Walrus.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A box that looked like a licorice allsort.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? A fat James Spader.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? It kills me EVERY DAY that I can’t sing  or play a musical instrument.

MARVEL OR DC? Marvel. Natch.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M Banks

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Iron Man 3

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? The piano intro to While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? No Direction Home

IAN MCGYLNN: Ian is Artistic Director of the Rondo Theatre, Bath.
Bursary Boy (2012 Rondo) “Acting of this depth and intensity is a rare thing.” Venue Magazine ***** 5 Stars
Life and Soul (2011, Rondo) “Ian McGlynn has created a really powerful piece of drama… required viewing” Guide2Bath

Ian is currently directing Players and Gentlemen by Frank Hatt which is performing at the Rondo Theatre, Bath and the Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol.

 


 

 

With Dougie Blaxland and David Lockwood covered last week, today we kick-start the week by introducing 24 Hour Plays Writer Sarah Hunt.

IMG_0651WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Sarah Hunt.

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Balham, South London.

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Copywriting.

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? It was an opportunity not to be missed – writing totally outside my comfort zone.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? A lie in, newspapers, coffee, Sunday lunch, a walk and a film with a glass of wine.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? Anyone who turns talking into doing.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Imagination, intelligence, confidence, dedication, tenacity.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Something South American – when my mum was pregnant she watched the Miss World competition and laughed so hard at Miss Venezuela’s headdress that her waters broke.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? This!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Marathon reruns of Frasier.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Working with others. I’ve just completed a play with fellow 24 Hour Plays writer Catherine Bray. Bouncing ideas back and forth was really inspiring and took the characters into places we wouldn’t have come up with if we’d been writing alone. Deadlines are also a great motivator.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? An outdoor stage – with picnics and deck chairs.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? Peter and Alice – Judi Dench was able to instantly become a young girl.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? The Beatles.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Norwegian Wood.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A Chipmunks CD for my 18th birthday – from my sister, to replace the tape she recorded over we had as kids.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Kat Dennings – I talk like her, apparently!

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? Teleportation – it would be great, you could pop to New York for dinner, and you’ve never have to take a night bus ever again.

MARVEL OR DC? An impossible choice – I can’t choose between Batman and the X-Men.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Caitlin Moran – Moranthology

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Another Year

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? Bat for Lashes – Daniel

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? What If?  I used to drive my family insane by asking it all the time when I was little – What if everyone suddenly got amnesia? What if frogs could talk? What if the earth just stopped spinning? – and I still do it now!

Sarah Hunt

Sarah is currently in the process of writing a young adult fiction series of novels called The Silver Sound Trilogy. Her play The Other Plans, written with fellow 24 Hour Play writer Catherine Bray, will be staged in London summer 2013.

 


 

 

Yesterday we introduced the first of our 24 Hour Play Creative Team profiles in the form of writer Dougie Blaxland. Today we turn our attention to the first of our directors: Exeter’s Bike Shed Artistic Director David Lockwood.

david-lockwoodWHAT’S YOUR NAME? David Lockwood

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Exeter
WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Theatre Director
WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? It sounded fun
WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? Inspiration and laughter
WHO INSPIRES YOU? Changes day to day, but the hard work of my team at the Bike Shed are a constant inspiration
WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Honesty
IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? If it’s chronological, it’d be the theme to Postman Pat
WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Death
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Play computer games and stroke my cat
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Have a cup of coffee
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Those clever people at Bristol Old Vic
IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Exeter
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? The Last Post by Bath’s Kilter Theatre – beautiful story, beautifully told
THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? Bach
WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Goldberg Variations
WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A polytunnel as my first wedding anniversary gift
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? There would be an open audition
WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? Drawing
MARVEL OR DC? The one with Batman in it
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Dirty Pretty Things
WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? You Lift Me Up as selected by Hilary Devey on Desert Island Discs
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? Sorry

David is Artistic Director of Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre (2011 Peter Brook Empty Space award)
Items of Value Theatre West (Alma Tavern, Bristol) WhatsOnStage **** 4 Stars
Bunnies Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter and national tour “Deliciously dark and thrilling” The Public Reviews **** 4 Stars
Circus Britannica Bike Shed Theatre/Theatre 503 “Captivating and unusual” The Stage

 


 

 

In the first of our 24 Hour Plays Creative Team profiles, Writer Dougie Blaxland tells us why he’s Not So Bad After All…

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WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Dougie Blaxland

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? Wherever I lay my hat.

WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY? Playwright.

WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO THE 24 HOUR PLAY PROJECT? I love flying by the seat of my pants.

WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL 24 HOURS CONTAIN? A lot of chat, laughs, inspiration and coffee.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? My beautiful wife.

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN OTHERS? Kindness, good humour and honesty.

IN THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THE OPENING TRACK BE? Bobby Darrin’s Mac The Knife.

WHAT FRIGHTENS YOU? Watching gory operations on 24 Hours in A&E!!!

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? Walk my lovely old dog.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE YOURSELF A KICK START? Find a new project.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO WORK ALONGSIDE ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE? Mark Rylance.

IF YOUR WORK COULD BE STAGED ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Sydney Opera House.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING THAT YOU SAW THAT EITHER RAISED THE BAR IN THAT FIELD OR JUST BLEW YOU AWAY? Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth.

THE BEATLES OR THE ROLLING STONES? The Beatles.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD YOUR CHOSEN TRACK BE? Let it Be.

WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN? A prosthetic hip.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE? Bill Nighy.

WHAT SKILL DO YOU WISH YOU HAD? Cooking.

MARVEL OR DC? Marvel.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.

WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW? Paths of Glory.

WHAT IS TODAY’S EAR WORM (SONG THAT IS GONG THROUGH YOUR HEAD ON A LOOP)? She by Elvis Costello.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE? Not So Bad After All

DOUGIE BLAXLAND: Recent commissions include A Harlot’s Progress for Old Bomb Theatre and Call Me Biggles for Original Theatre Company. He is the winner of The Watermill Theatre’s Raising New Voices Award in 2010 for Never Any Fruit.

More details about the 24 Hour Play Project can be found on the Rondo Theatre website.

Show: 8pm Friday 12th July 2013

Tickets: £15 / £10

Bookings: 01225 463362