NAME: Scott McArdle // ROLE: Writer + Director + Producer // SHOW: Between Solar Systems
What show/s are you looking forward to this season?
Latitudes and Multiverse Theory in D because I literally can’t get enough of Jo Morris and Nick Maclaine right now, they’re just great people and performers! Also All That Glitters sounds so different for The Last Great Hunt but they always make the coolest independent work.
What was your first experience with theatre?
I played a leather-clad, gang member called ‘Whitey’ when I was 10. Not even kidding. I think it was ironic… I’m not sure.
What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?
My high school drama teacher encouraged me and my maths teacher didn’t. Things could have been very different if not for that.
What kinds of works/performance are you most drawn to?
I like anything that moves me. If I leave your show with bloodshot eyes or aching ribs, I’m probably going to be back the next night. I just love the connection you can have with a story or an idea or a character.
What was the last show you saw?
I saw a pantomime at Murdoch Uni last week that was aimed at creating strong female characters that didn’t get married off in the end. It was awesome!
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor. I begged Finegan to send me the script for it and I read it pretty much every week.
Where do you see theatre and performance art 10 years from now?
If our current government stays in charge? Opera. Everything is opera.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Lighten up, you angsty little fool. And stop falling in love with every redhead you see.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into theatre?
See everything. Talk to everyone. You see someone at the bar who you recognise from a show you love? Tell them. You read about a grant you want? Apply for it. You’re inspired by someone’s writing who lives on the other side of the country? Email them. Personally, that last one was the best decision I ever made.
What excites you about Perth? What are some must-see places you would recommend?
Well, The Blue Room, obviously, but you already know that, duh! I have to say though, Perth’s coffee scene is my favourite in the country. A combination of smooth blends and friendly baristas leaves other states behind. Check out Mo Espresso, Standing Room Only, Bookends, and Max + Sons.
Do you have any unusual rehearsal rituals?
I can’t start if I don’t have a coffee on me. I used to pace when I was younger, my way of daydreaming, and that’s recently crept back into my life. I use it to focus and problem-solve.
What song best describes you/your style and why?
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. I do things really differently to a lot of people. I like to use tech and music in the rehearsal room, I also like to spend months rehearsing a show. I like to give the actors a lot of room to work in their way too. Also, Rumours was the greatest album ever made so yeah.
What type of animal would you be and why?
Can I put the eyebrows of a bear onto a rabbit? If so, I’m that: the grizzly rabbit.
Who would play you in a movie? Why them?
I’m going to say Andrew Garfield because today I’m wearing a custom made Spiderman hoodie and I refuse to believe that someone else will be playing Spiderman ever.
What would you name a book about your life?
How Much For An Extra Shot: The Scott McArdle Story.
Do you have any irrational hates or fears?
Clowns. I don’t like this question. Why would you put this in here? Now I’m thinking about clowns!
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
The people, definitely the people. For the past years I’ve worked with uni friends which was incredibly fun but I’m currently working with people like Nick, Jo, and Finegan, who have inspired me for years and it blows my mind to think I can call them up for a chat whenever. They get a lot of calls at 2am.
How would you describe your artistic practice? Who are your major influences?
If you couldn’t tell, I love Finegan Kruckemeyer’s work. His writing is moving, lovely and perfectly crafted. Seriously, you need to read his work! I’m a big fan of Norwegian performance artist, Kris Verdonck, and British Brutalist, Sarah Kane, who probably had the biggest impact on me as a person.
Find out more about Second Chance Theatre’s Between Solar Systems here.
Image by Thom Perry.