NAME: Samantha Maclean// ROLE: Producer/Director // SHOW: Well Mannered
What item can’t you live without in the rehearsal room?
Pen and paper. Just the basic stuff, although at least 12 different types of pens live in my bag at all times. I kind of compulsively collect them. I do run into problems though – my brain moves faster than my hand and my devising crew move faster than my brain. Often after a rehearsal I spend a good few hours deciphering the scrawly hieroglyphics that I’ve drawn all over my book. I’m also a shocker for assuming I’ll remember what I mean by a very truncated note under a heading, and therefore providing no other information for my future self. I’ll find sentences like “THE DRAGGING the other two also did but different times SOLVED” with underlines and exclamation marks and no idea how to understand myself. I’ll work on that.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
I think that even almost seven years on, it has to be Frantic Assembly’s ‘Stockholm’ that played at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane 2010. It was just magical. Magical because I was 15 and only just starting to discover what theatre could be and could do, but also because their work is phenomenal no matter how old or experienced you are.
What was the first ever performance you were in?
I came from a dance background initially, and I was in a ballet performance of Snow White when I was 3. I played a flower. The only photographic evidence is of me bawling next to five other angelic children because the flower costume was squeezing my head too hard.
What’s your favourite thing about summer?
Zooper Doopers. Hands down. Even when you’re part way through your icy treat and you slice open the inside of your cheek with the corner of the plastic at the top. Worth it.
What show/s are you looking forward to during Summer Nights or Fringe World?
I could go on endlessly, but I’ll limit myself to 3.
- 600 seconds, because it’s always such a diverse snapshot of really great people at all levels of experience making really great stuff of all shapes and sizes.
- Blank, because I loved White Rabbit Red Rabbit and I think the format of Nassim Soleimanpour’s work is exciting and important.
- Her Crown because I love seeing fierce and fantastic ladies making evocative physical work. Plus they’re fellow WAAPA grads to boot, and I’m always excited to see what members of our upcoming generation start doing when they’re let loose on the world.
Find out more about Well Manned from Samantha Maclean here.