Posted on June 9, 2016 by Basement
Stars of Christmas Shows past Chris Parker, Hayley Sproull and Leon Wadham felt miserable and decided to make a comedy show out of it. Jonty finds out more…
What was the inspiration behind the show?
Chris: Hayley and I were having a conversation a year ago about feeling a little displaced and vacant in our lives. We were blown away by how we were both feeling the exact same way but had been keeping it to ourselves for so long. Turns out Leon felt the exact same way too. Then we talked to friends and watched television show and saw theatre, turns out heaps of people are feeling this way.
It felt like a good time to start working out why we all feel so unfulfilled and disengaged all the time. We also want to try and find some kind of answer. Who knows, maybe we’ll find the key to a fulfilling life in this show.
Hayley: So often do you feel like you are the only person in the world feeling a certain way, and when you find out that two of your best friends are feeling the same thing, obviously you make a show out of it. Because our bet is that lots of other people feel the way we do.
Leon: We were all feeling miserable and we wanted to make a comedy about it.
How was the show developed, through improvisation or a more scripted approach?
Leon: It’s always back and forth between the two. Chicken and egg. Egg and cream.
Chris: Sharing stories, improvising, dancing. It’s a real mish mash. Our goal is to make something embodied and physical, so we can’t really work with a traditional script framework in rehearsals. Hayley also has a marching background so there is always a lot of drilling of fast and tricky movement sequences.
Hayley: Always improv. We all have laptops full of recorded improvs. I want to make them into a movie one day.
How might this show have been different if it was made twenty years ago? Are these issues universal or a reflection on our current society?
Hayley: I think 20 years ago people would still see themselves in a show like Milky Bits; they would still be able to see elements of their own lives playing out before them. I just think they probably wouldn’t be as ready to admit it.
Leon: It’s about our present moment, but whenever I go back and look at classic work (about young urbanites, at least) it seems like those artists were dealing with the exact same things that we are.
Chris: I think so much of this work is about how we’ve evolved from living on the Internet. I’m interested to see if this is a “millennial dilemma” or not. I think they pace and changeable nature of the show reflects the minds of three people raised in a Internet era.
Finally, there are some quite embarrassing tales in the show, were there any just too embarrassing to share?
Hayley: The only ones that are not being shared with our audience are the ones that clearly involve another person who would know it was about them the moment they saw it. Because that’s not nice. But everything that is our story is up for grabs; nothing is sacred.
Leon: Not with each other. We fully expect to embarrass ourselves on this one.
Chris: You’ll have to come to find out ;)
Milky Bits opens Tuesday and runs this week only.