Direc­tor likes mic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya Macnaughton

ZOE Pep­per, Tim Watts and Adri­ane Daff have spent the past 10 years work­ing to­gether on a va­ri­ety of projects since meet­ing dur­ing their days at WAAPA.

De­spite this, their in­de­pen­dent theatre com­pa­nies Side Pony Pro­duc­tions (Pep­per) and The Last Great Hunt (Watts and Daff) have not of­fi­cially co-pro­duced a work un­til now.

The Ir­re­sistible, show­ing at Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts from June 14-24, will rec­tify this, bring­ing along the re­sources of both com­pa­nies to sup­port the artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion.

All three co-wrote the work which Pep­per, of Swan­bourne, is di­rect­ing and Watts and Daff will per­form.

“We gen­er­ated a lot of the dia­logue through im­pro­vi­sa­tion so we’d film it, tran­scribe the im­pro­vi­sa­tions and then turn it into a script, re­fine and de­velop the story,” Pep­per said.

“We re­ally wanted to make a work that looked at our own bi­ases and un­con­scious bias.

“We found that quite a tricky thing to do and in our last de­vel­op­ment, we played around a lot with live voice ma­nip­u­la­tion; look­ing at how two dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters can say the same thing and how you re­spond to them so dif­fer­ently de­pend­ing on the kind of voice they have.”

The re­sult is a theatre work where Watts and Duff play nine char­ac­ters that keep chang­ing as their voices change, thanks to ra­dio mics worn dur­ing the per­for­mance.

“The au­dio is a re­ally big part of the show, which bor­ders on a mys­tery, sci-fi story,” Pep­per said. “It’s about a cou­ple whose niece comes to stay with them.

“They later dis­cover that she has pow­ers and these pow­ers tear their life apart.”

Pep­per said the pro­duc­tion was a chance to shake things up after a decade of theatre mak­ing.

“When you get to a cer­tain point and you’ve made enough works, you can start to see a pat­tern you’ve been re­peat­ing,” she said. “We came into this re­ally want­ing to crack that open and make a work that had a dif­fer­ent feel and style with sci-fi and this level of mys­tery is quite for­eign to the other works that we’ve done.

“It feels fresh and dif­fer­ent and gives the au­di­ence the feel­ing that any­thing could hap­pen, in the best pos­si­ble way.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469963

Direc­tor Zoe Pep­per with ac­tors Adri­ane Daff and Tim Watts dur­ing re­hearsals at PICA.

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