We were joined in The Southbank Centre by George, Hal & Georgie to chat about their production, Euan.
Tell us a bit about you as a company and this show?
So we’re a new company And we’re trying to branch out across theatre and film, we’re dedicated to working with new and young artists across these different areas making work that isn’t necessarily always being able to be made. Our Ethos is making work that sticks, and that you can chew on.
Euan is kind of this crazy little experiment that is very weird and, we’d like to say wonderful, but we’re not sure if wonderful is the right word! It’s very non stop and hits home different points. Basically, our idea behind it was to leave a lot up to interpretation so that every audience member will come away with something different from it in terms of what Euan is.
You don’t necessarily have to enjoy it (although that would be great!) We just don’t want them to be bored we hope they get entertained by the show! Everything in it is shrouded in mystery, conversations are kind of going one way and then you’re sat there thinking, oh wait, that wasn’t what I was expecting! It’s kind of been born and bread from a very small idea it’s a very conversational piece and that kind of makes the nonsensical aspect because in everyday conversation you just sort of talk and it changes topic the play sort of mirrors that in the way that it flips between things it’s erratic.
Your marketing style really stands out from the crowd, already making the reader feel part of the production, (Not a question Kim) tell us about how this reflects the personality of your show and you as a company?
We want to make our work as accessible as possible to anyone and everyone we felt like just speaking how we do Is the best way to approach people and be like “Hey, this isn’t not for you!” (That was a sentence and a half!)
We like having fun on social media, we feel like the most engaging things are things that are like “Hey come down” and stuff like that. The whole ‘where’s Euan’ thing sort of mirrors the whole piece. Let’s make it fun let’s make it a mystery with the marketing! We tried to make it not too serious, and not to take ourselves too seriously. It is the first theatre piece we’ve done, we’ve done other things as well, but we were like let’s launch Euan with that and see what fun we can have with chatting to people, engaging with people and just basically putting ourselves out there. We didn’t want to make a production trailer that was just us in rehearsal, we wanted to make trailers that we thought would be funny if we watch them, and would make us want to go see the show
What have you enjoyed the most about this project?
Seeing a piece through from start to finish- because it’s our first theatre production we’ve had to do everything from public liability insurance to the marketing and the artwork and all the print designs. With writing, producing, and directing it’s all kind of come into to one thing. It has just been a massive challenge, and we’ve been involved with things we’ve never done before- it’s been a massive learning curve!
And working with your mates, we’ve had lots of fun with it, and we’ve only got on each other’s nerves once or twice. It’s nice cos you can just chuck stuff in and try it out.
What do you think people will like most about the show?
Well, it’s whether they like it at all! It is odd, I think the main thing is it doesn’t give you a chance to process things. You’re in one moment and you’re like “ok right”, and then you’re straight onto the next thing. I think the main thing is it is so weird, and it is so bonkers. Even if you’re like “I don’t know what I’ve just seen” You’ll also think “I’ve had a good outing” and that’s the main thing we are trying to get across.
You’re not from London, which is refreshing to see! What challenges have you faced in West Sussex, but also what advantages has that given you?
The audience is very different! We’re so used to producing refined theatre and now we’re producing almost the opposite.
I’d say the biggest challenge has been that we only saw the space on Thursday! So we’ve had three days to be like “ok so does that work here!” And we haven’t been able to flyer and things like that because we’re not Central London. But it’s nice to not be in London because you’re outside of that hub and that bubble, so coming in with something new is kind of fresh and different to the scene.
Are you hoping to develop the piece? If so, how?
Well, we have already developed it quite a lot. It started as a 10-minute short piece, I got bet by my mate called Euan to write the play, and then for his birthday I put on a rehearsed reading. I think there’s only one section in the final script that was in the original- everything else has changed since then, and we’ve developed it into this hour-long version. I think after these six nights we’ll see where it lands, and see what works and then hopefully bring it back to- well somewhere! I think we’ll develop it through the week too, I think we always try to do that and change bits that aren’t quite landing as we go. We will try different ways of doing stuff, sometimes it works sometimes it… really doesn’t
Favourite line from the play?
We couldn’t tell you without ruining the show! Maybe the wanky bit?
Three words to describe the play? (none of them can be Euan!)
Are you in? (Say it out loud…)
Bizarre, ambiguous, nonsensical, fun, not-boring (hyphenated)
Tell us a funny story from rehearsals?
I got sort of slide kicked in the groin area in the dress run in front of people. There’s a section where we’re all grabbing a bag and were dragging it along the floor, and we all sort of run in to get that- and then you stacked it down- and then George two-legged slid right in like a right angle, and then all we heard was a blood-curdling squelch and a scream. That was bad…
There was the time we decided we were going to wear long socks with PE shorts for the show, and basically, we had a really good time for 2 hours just sliding around the floor. Until you slid, hit your ankles together, scraped your knee on the floor, and then sat up and hit your head on the mirror…
Anything else people should know before coming to the show?
Don’t take the play at face value. Nothing is as it seems. It’s not a play about Euan.
Euan runs from the 30th July- 4th August at The Tristan Bates Theatre.
Our review will be up soon, and we strongly recommend getting the cast knee and elbow pads rather than flowers for opening night!