NAME: Shane Adamczak // Role: Director/Performer // Show: Stasis
Which three words best describe your show?
What kinds of works are you most drawn to?
I’m always drawn towards risk and originality, which is why I think I spend more and more of my time at Fringe Festivals. So many incredible performers and companies trying out the most bizarre and weird ideas without alienating general public audiences and making theatre accessible. I’d happily never watch another Shakespeare play or production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, gimme something weird, new, something I’ve never seen before.
What was the last show you saw?
I’ve just returned from a three month tour of Canadian fringes and I saw a LOT of shows, but from the memory, the last thing I saw there was my friend Ingrid Hansen’s show Interstellar Elder. It has a lot of similar themes to my show so I had put of seeing it til end (ie once I had finished writing Stasis). She’s an incredible physical performer who I hope one day makes it to Australia so you can all be her new biggest fans.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
I always remember this show Around the world on 80 Quid by an Irish guy name Aindrias de Staic. I saw it at The Adelaide Fringe well over ten years ago. The show itself was a simple story telling show with a man a fiddle. The show was great, but what really blew my mind was seeing how much a solo artist could create for an audience with so little onstage and that’s kind of been my thing ever since. I’m a big fan of nothing but “a guitar and two chairs” (Ironically STASIS is my first solo show in a while and I’m playing with lots of flashy, expensive “stuff” this time around)
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
What I love about live theatre and performance is that direct and immediate feedback from an audience. Being about to reach people directly and hopefully being able to have some impact on their lives.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into theatre?
Don’t do it for money, don’t do it for awards and accolades, don’t do it because you want to be a star; do it because it’s all you want to do. Do it because the thought of doing anything else destroys your heart. Also, if you never want to be waiting for a job, learn to create your own work and tour the fuck out of it.
What would you name a book about your life?
“I worked my ass off for 15 years over 60 festivals and all people care about is that commercial”