The words of award-winning British playwright, Mark Ravenhill, take us to the darker depths of ambition, focussing on a group of contemporary artists in a competitive, dissonant and corrosive arts world in Pool (No Water).
Burrowed Time with Illogical Limbs are proud to break open Basement Theatre’s Winter Season with this defiantly disruptive production.
Our blogger Jonty spoke to director Amber Liberté ahead of opening the show:
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER MARK RAVENHILL'S PLAY, AND WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO STAGING IT?
I read Pool (No Water) when I was in my gap year, given to me by a director who loves absurd texts. I didn't understand the full complexity of Mark Ravenhill's work at the time, but the play stayed vividly in my head. I was immediately intrigued by the format of his writing - with no assigned dialogue, oddly structured tenses + sentences, and a very compelling world.
In my last year of Unitec I studied it more in-depth, and realised Ravenhill was scrutinizing ideas of 'success,' (among many other things) and the impact recognition and success has on a community of people, specifically in the arts world. Something I felt and still feel is important discuss.
WHAT ARE THE CENTRAL QUESTIONS, THEMES, OR CONFLICTS THAT LIE AT THE HEART OF THE WORK FOR YOU?
Pool (No Water) explores the darker side of a close-knit group of artists when one of them achieves success and recognition. They experience overwhelming jealousy, rivalry and admiration; common + conflicting sentiments among many in the arts world.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE PRODUCTION?
Finding rehearsal spaces in central Auckland that are available or don't cost $6,000,000 per hour.
TELL US ABOUT THE CAST, HOW DID THEY GET INVOLVED?
Burrowed Time + myself ran open auditions for the piece. We were looking for actors who could move, and dancers who could act. We were lucky enough to find a bunch of magical, creative hooligans who have been integral to fabricating the complex world of pool (no water), including:
Hamish Annan (93%, Vernon God Little), Amy Atkinson (The Object Lesson, Comedy of Errors), Michelle Blundell (Peter & The Wolf, The Book Of Everything), Katie Burson (Royal Jelly, Afakasi), Zak Enayat (Whole, Gays In Space), and Grace Goulter (Remain In Light)
WHAT REACTION ARE YOU HOPE THE SHOW GETS?
Pool (No Water) is on at Basement Theatre from 23 - 26 May. Book tickets or find out more here.