NAME: Michael Abercromby // ROLE: Writer/Director/Producer // SHOW: LUCIDITY
What item can’t you live without in the rehearsal room?
Rubber balls. You know the really bouncy ones you can get from Kmart for about $3? They are a fantastic object to use for acting exercises, for actors to incorporate into warm ups, and to use to break up rehearsals when a scene is getting stale. They are also INCREDIBLE to use for massaging your feet on.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
This is an impossible question as there are so many. The one that I keep coming back to though is a production of “THE ALIENS” by Annie Baker at The Old Fitz Theatre in 2015. Annie Baker’s writing is beautifully nuanced, and captures moments and interactions that at first glance seem insignificant but are entirely mindblowing for the characters and the story. This show was gold on all fronts: great script, great actors and great direction.
What was the first ever performance you were in?
I played Jesus Christ in the stations of the cross for a Good Friday ceremony in year 4. Essentially a G Rated version of the Passion of The Christ. I don’t remember the performance, but I remember my three year old sister balling hysterical because she thought I was being put to death. So, I must have been believable.
Why do you do what you do?
Theatre is a communal art form. You can’t watch it in your bed by yourself like TV or film, you have to watch it with other people, and even if you are the only one in the audience, you have the company of the actors on stage. You also cannot create it by yourself. Even if you have written, directed, acted and designed a show, you need people to watch it, otherwise it isn’t complete. As a result, its capacity to instigate conversation amongst people and disrupt complacency is unparalleled.
What excites you about Perth?
HOME! I love coming home! I have lived away from Perth for 3 years and it is so lovely to return with a show and share the work I have been doing in the eastern states with my friends and family and Perth audiences. Also looking forward to having a beer at PICA bar and watching the city transition from day to night and cruising down to MOJOS on a Monday to watch an open mic night. What’s your favourite thing about summer? In Perth? Long beaches, long days and plenty of Fringe World.
What show/s are you looking forward to during Summer Nights or Fringe World?
Another impossible question. SO many. Really looking forward to iOTA’s show. I saw his work recently in The Turquoise Elephant at Griffin Theatre and am really intrigued as to what a solo show will entail. Outrageous and energetic I am sure! But I am also really looking forward to walking through all the Fringe World precincts and taking a punt on a show I know nothing about. You discover some serious gems that way. That’s what fringe is all about!
Find out more about Lucidity by Michael Abercromby here.