We talked to Victoria Abbott about wafty poetry, a famous ancestor and creating her solo show, Run Rabbit:
WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR RUN RABBIT COME FROM?
The idea started to sneak out of the subconscious murk a couple of years ago during a time where I was really enjoying a good wallow. It shifted into something that had legs and teeth and got away on me!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IN CREATING A SOLO WORK?
Cabin fever 100%. Endless wafty poetry. Lord, if I could show you the over 150 pages of wafty poetry I wrote. I won't. You would die of laughter then boredom and I need you to turn up for the season. I am now lovingly ensconced by the creative team, so it's not just me in a room anymore talking into Photo Booth.
CAN YOU GIVE US A TEASER OF WHAT AUDIENCES CAN EXPECT?
Nasty tones, a red crushed-velvet catsuit, carols, carrots and a salty Scottish accent.
WHO IS BLACK AGNES AND HOW DOES SHE FEED IN TO THE SHOW?
She's this incredible boss medieval ancestor that my Mum just casually let slip about last year when I was researching my pepeha. I was like, the heeeeeellllll? Janet was holding out on me. She pretty much ran the successful stave off of a huge siege on her castle with minimal people and her husband AWOL. She loved it, and taunted the shit out of them. There's even a Game of Thrones ep based on a story of her. While I'm a fairly bougie, people-pleasing lass, if you've ever had the misfortune to see me properly cornered you'd see the resemblance in our approaches. Straight into the canon's mouth, full of joyous rage and a glint in our eyes. I have made grown men cry in the street more than once.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE AUDIENCES TAKE AWAY FROM THE EXPERIENCE?
New names for things.
Run Rabbit is on at Basement Theatre from 24 Jul - 04 Aug. Book tickets or find out more here.