Last year I started writing a play which was initially called, “Truth is Stranger Than Polar Bears”. The concept of this play beyond the plot and the themes, was to write a play that had two people in it so that it would be easy to put on.
My previous experience with putting on theatre, while it was a good experience, was also a stressful one. “Macbeth: A Variety Show By Default” a Sydney Fringe Festival (2011) production about a doomed rendition of Macbeth which results in a murder investigation and an array of variety acts to entertain the audience whilst the detective detects was, despite its simplicity, a large scale production compared to what I was used to, which was nothing. I believe there were around 11 people involved. It was a great experience and we had good reviews but there was a lot of organising to do, there were 7 or so characters in the play and with venues, ticketing, promotions and cast wrangling, it was chaotic, but worthwhile.
So this time I was adamant that I would write something which only had two people in it, a two-hander as it is known in the industry. Something that would be doable, easy. This eventually turned into a three hander, but that too seemed manageable.
I eventually got the play to a place I liked it; it was joke-filled, snappy and the story made sense. I’d even managed to give it a small amount of depth, which sounds like an oxymoron, but who the fuck cares.
Then, towards the end of last year, I saw a link to “Theatre 451” asking for submissions of one act plays that had minimal cast for their 2014 season of, “A Play, A Pie & A Pot” and “Arctic Fevers” as the name had now become, was perfect for it. I submitted and was amazed to discover that it had been selected as one of eight plays, I believe.
I watched the read through over Skype recently and it looked good. It ran smoothly, got lots of laughs in the room and the actors and director had made choices for the play which I hadn’t even considered. Which was a great to see.
The play is being performed in Melbourne on the 10th and 11th of February and I cannot wait to fly down and check it out. Eat a pie and I don’t know… Something to do with pot. I think that means pint.