Q&A With the folks trapped In a supermarket

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Basement

The Basement sat down with the folks behind our current studio show, The Last Man On Earth (Is Trapped In A Supermarket). We just had to get to the bottom of that name. On now through Saturday.

How would you describe The Last Man on Earth (Is Trapped in a Supermarket) in one sentence…

Beautiful, funny, sad and true

Puppetry is a big feature of your show. What was the inspiration behind using puppets in the performance?

They offer a very different perspective on our humanity. We are often able to relate to puppets and project ourselves onto them more easily than with an actor. We secretly know actors are just great pretenders. Puppets however aren’t pretending, they are what they are. Outside of the show they have no other life. They are endowed with whatever ideas we need to see reflected back at us.

The Last Man on Earth has been described as an “image-based play”. What does that mean? How does directing an image-based play differ from directing traditional performances?

Puppetry is probably more traditional than anything else. Along with mask, the forms have incredible histories. So instead, I’ll say that visual theatre differs from conventional contemporary theatre in that the visual elements of the show are more important for driving the story than usual. There are no limits to what can be onstage. If a river is required, the river is constructed. If we need to see a frog jump onto a car, we will literally see a representation of that, rather than do it with dialogue.

Directing is much the same, in that you are still trying to achieve a good story that is well-told… but you sometimes direct a plastic bag in someone’s hand more than the person.

What would be your first move if you realised you were the last man left on Earth… and trapped in a fuckin’ Countdown?

Eat something?

Armageddon is upon us, and you can only escape with three things—what would you take and why?

A spaceship, rocket fuel and chocolate… All necessary for colonising Mars.

Throughout the creative process of directing The Last Man on Earth, what has been the best/most compelling/most challenging aspect? (We ask all three because we know a lot of the time that is the same thing.)

Having Ryan Dulieu and Matt Baker in the same room as each other. My goodness.