We were delighted to work with Cat Robey, our fabulous director of Rewritten. Read on for her thoughts about the production.
Rewritten has been an interesting journey, the concept being so different from anything I’ve done before. When selecting the plays, it was fascinating reading the vastly different ways the writers had interpreted the bare-bones script and the number of directions a story could go. Creating a coherent full-length play out of four different shorts by four different playwrights was the main challenge; how to ensure the audience feel they are watching four inter-connected duologues in one play and not a festival of new writing shorts.
This was a main point in the selection process: finding a through-line through the four that the audience can follow. The four selected each tell a different story and explore different genres: from tragic drama to light comedy. As a director, this was a lovely opportunity to stretch my muscles and focus on working with a number of genres at once. Even though each writer’s story is personal and very different, moments from the original bare-bones script are clearly reflected in each piece, like a “join-the-dots”.
The transitions between the pieces are a vital part of the overall performance, and we have embraced the theatricality of them. We allow the characters to disappear and reappear as someone new in front of the audience’s eyes, never allowing a conclusion to each piece, but rather a vehicle into the next and ultimately four plays into one.
Rewritten ran from 20-23 August, 2013 at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.