"When you say you're going to be working on a week-long R&D, it can often far too easily sound like you basically don't have any ideas yet, but want to hang out with your mates in a room and play with stuff. To some degree, I wouldn't actually argue with that. When Nessah first approached us with this idea, we spent a week doing exactly that, thanks to the Old Vic New Voices LAB initiative. And I wouldn't change that for anything. What came out of that week was more than any of us expected - it raised questions we'd never considered, opinions were changed, new attitudes were formed and crucially it allowed other people to see inside Nessah's brain, and gave us a fresh perspective on our hopes for the project. Essentially, we went from 'D'you think we can make a play out of this idea?' to 'YES! Let's make a play out of this idea. Now where do we begin...?'
This time around is going to be a very different beast. Throughout last year, Nessah slogged away, pulling together the vast mush of ideas, thoughts and feelings from that initial week, whilst we cracked on with getting some funding together to progress the project. Which I guess, is a ridiculously potted history of where we are up to now.
On 22nd Feb, we will be going back into a rehearsal room with four brilliant and lovely actors, who will be helping us pull together a tight narrative from this sprawling metropolis of modern technology. Our source material this time will be text-based, in the form of 10 scenes, which will act as the focus whilst we find our feet. By Friday 26th, we will have work to show an invited audience. Which if I'm honest, is both really bloomin' exciting, and absolutely terrifying, but I suppose we wouldn't be doing this if we felt any other way...
I just want to say a very quick thank you to our theatre angel who has made the week possible. As a company, we firmly stand by the principal of paying those who work for us, and thanks to their kind donation, we have achieved that. And also to the Young Vic, who have offered us this great space to explore our ideas.
Here's to it - see you on the other side!"