NAME: Geordie Crawley // ROLE: Director & Writer// SHOW: Hive Mind
What do you want people to take away from the show?
I hope people feel satisfied by the narrative. I hope people come away thinking this was a story that was interesting and worthy of being told.
In terms of ideas, I hope people think about their own communities, and about how their lives have changed as the internet has slowly taken over them.
I also hope they have a brief thought about groupthink. Why do bad ideas take hold even in the face of clear evidence that tell us they’re bad?
What show are you looking forward to this season?
I’m fascinated by Hiro, the flavour combination of Samantha Chester and Humphrey Bower is too delicious a prospect to resist. Combine that was a fascinating story, and an exciting form, and I’m there with bells on!
What was your first experience with theatre?
I have a vivid memory of being taken to see Slava’s Snow Show when I was quite young, and just finding the experience overwhelmingly immersive. The interval was heralded by an enormous spider web being passed over the audience. The finalé [French] of the show was a snowstorm that the audience was made to experience that just used wind and music and paper to immerse the audience in this blizzard. Breathtaking.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into theatre?
Be ambitious. However far you think you can push your practice… give it another 40%. See what happens when you take you design idea, plot development, acting choice and give it everything. Like, if you’re going to do something; make it count.
My other bit tip would be work with people who are better than you. Find mentors who you think can push you into uncomfortable and exciting areas. Find artists who are willing to collaborate with you to make your art better than it would be without them.
But most of all, just get out there and do it! Bold choices, big consequences!
Do you have any unusual performance rituals?
I will belt show tunes before a show, and normally it’s limited to whichever two songs I’m listening to at the time. For TANK it was “Seeing You” from the Groundhog Day musical, and for Roald Dahl’s The Twits it was “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors.
I call it a warm-up, others would call it a desperate cry for attention.
Who would you play in a movie? Why them?
Oh, I think I’d make a golden Jan Brady from The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel. Those movies are a true hidden gem, and Jan is such a fun role.
This list is endless! I’d make a great Annie Wilkes from Misery, I’d love to play Donald and Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation, or Porco in Studio Ghibli’s Porco Rosso. I love movies so much. I’d sell my left heart just to get into a Coen Brother’s film.
But if I could be anyone? I would just be Fred Willard in any of the Christopher Guest movies. Best in Show and A Mighty Wind might be two of the funniest movies ever made.
1 May – 19 May
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