With just over a month to go before Square Peg perform their commissioned piece The Man Who Woke Up Dead, we decided to catch up with Katie and Michael and see how they were getting along.
You were the first ever winners of the Creative Industries Trafford To the Stage commission – congratulations! How has receiving the CIT commission changed The Man Who Woke Up Dead?
We’re not sure we would have had a show without the CIT commission. We were always going to make The Man Who Woke Up Dead, but without their help it would never have happened so quickly. It feels like only last week that we were thinking about it and now we’re 7 weeks from the premiere, that’s kind of scary – but exciting.
You mentioned previously that you have been working with a sound designer in the shows devising process – what’s that been like!?
It’s been great. We’re not that tech savvy, so to have somebody take the reins is brilliant. Working with Owen means that we can create a much more detailed and subtle world, it’s adding so much texture to the show. As we’re working from the idea of Film Noir, sound is a really important aspect. It’s like a forth character.
You made an interesting observation in your brilliant blog that ‘each genre succumbs to it’s own set of rules, whether it wants to or not’. Do you find yourselves fighting against genre when devising?
Well, thank you. Yes and No. I think you need to be aware of the work you’re making and rules are important. There are always common themes that run through genres and I think you have to embrace them. We were keen to not make a pastiche of Film Noir, otherwise you run the risk of it turning into a comedy or a caricature.
You’re at the Brighton Fringe this weekend with your last show Forwards and Backwards, how are you feeling about that?
A little nervous – we’ve never been to the Brighton Fringe before so we’re excited. It’s been great to revisit the script again and a joy to discover that it still works.
Finally, waking up dead is certainly an existential fear for lots of people; care to divulge your biggest fears?
Finding out that you’re life was just a more mundane version of the Truman Show.
That’s pretty scary! Good luck in Brighton and we can’t wait to catch The Man Who Woke Up Dead next month!
The Man Who Woke Up Dead will première at Waterside Arts Centre Sale on 27th - 29th June. For tickets and more information, click here.
You can find out more about Creative Industries Trafford and To the Stage here.