Play turns TV news upside down
being edited live on stage, giving the editors a real-time deadline just like in real news.
5. What are you hoping audiences take away from it?
LW: Hopefully we spark a debate for the journey home.
DH: We want the audience to leave with the idea that they should perhaps take their news with a grain of salt – all is not necessarily how they say it is.
6. What’s it like having a show work to a deadline in front of a live audience?
DH: It has its dangers. But it’s what gives the show its unique edge, adding that extra layer of peril. Sometimes when the editors are sweating furiously near the end of the show, it’s not acting.
7. How are you both at working to a deadline?
LW: I love deadlines, but always a close call.
DH: I tend to be a last-minute guy but this year I’ve been trying to utilise any free time more wisely and it has been paying off so I’ll try to keep doing that.
8. Any mishaps during the show’s run so far?
LW: I believe one of our editors sneezed all over the crisp, white table that forms the basis of our set.
9. What’s the dynamic like as a writing duo?
DH: Leon has a great eye for pacing, problem
it’s tracking multiple characters’ journeys. I can come up with rude jokes.
LW: I’m a huge advocate for cowriting. It forces you to interrogate every idea as you go along, so each draft is more advanced than it would be if written solo. 10. or DH: TV3 was extremely helpful throughout the research and production processes, so I’m very grateful for that. Tuning into their news is the least I can do.
LW: I’ll never tell.