March 2017

Tell me about PLUTO?

"I wanted to put on The Pillow Man by Martin McDonagh at Baron’s Court but it was just too complicated and expensive. Theatre’s want new writing and so Callum introduced me to the film script he’d written. So I said to him can you write a play?"

"Liam has always been interested in space so I wanted to incorporate that. Then I read that in 2016 in North Carolina a law had been passed that meant that transgender community had to use their birth gender bathrooms. So if you were born a male you had to use the male bathrooms regardless. And so I had space on my mind and I was thinking that there were similarities in the fact that Pluto has been relegated to being a dwarf planet. – Caroline its about people having regulations or laws passed without a right to reply?  Yes but I didn’t want to give a voice to the people who passed the law – the bad guy. So it could be about politics, social or trans genderism or just be taken literally an algorithm. It kind of happened at a time when this transgender law was passed and then NASA was given it’s biggest ever budget and all this happened within 24 hours. Which then made this play become extremely relevant and current"

Tell me about your backgrounds?

"I’ve worked here for two years and played a few parts since I’ve been here. I was Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream for British Council's Shakespeare 400 and then I probably shouldn’t say this but I was in Howard Barker’s In the Depths of Dead Love.  It was hard as actors. Particularly on press night when we could hear all the protests whilst we were actually on stage. So yes it was hard."

"I come from rural Ireland moving here when I was seventeen so I’ve been here for four years now. I always wanted to work in film. I accidentally saw Alien when I was eight but I wasn’t actually scared, I just watched it and thought it was the most amazing thing. Being from rural Ireland people didn’t understand and tried to talk me out of it. But my parents were very supportive and encouraged me to move to London and I went to Southbank University studying film. I’m a very visual person and have specific ideas. The poster for the play shows that, I wanted it to be more a film poster. I want to explore more, continue short films and I’ve lots of ideas such as a sitcom."

Who do you think is the most influential person in the world today? 

"Trump. The manipulation the obvious influence of his “supporters”. Actually can I have two?  J K Rowling because she has influenced people to read again. She has provided some really good role models and so the generation that has grown up reading Harry Potter has had that."

"I agree Trump for the wrong reasons unfortunately."

by Caroline Hanks-Farmer