Play turns TV news up­side down

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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?

LW: Ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

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

shooting, and

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.

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