To find out more about Festival 47 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Bury the Hatchet, which plays Festival 47 from 13 July 2017 at 21:30. I caught up with producer Joseph Cullen:
Describe your show in three words.
Puzzle-like. Folky. True-crime.
Tell us a bit more about your theatre company.
Out Of The Forest Theatre was formed in April 2017 by Sasha Wilson, Joseph Prowen, Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Joseph Cullen as an ensemble-based theatre company that attempts to redefine the traditional narrative structure of the theatre with an eye to blending music, movement and storytelling with hopes of shining a spotlight on women, weirdos and way-begotten characters of history and our bizarre modern society. Because strange and wonderful things hide in plain sight and they should be explored and celebrated.
Is this your first time at the King’s Head?
Yes and we are very excited to be part of Festival 47. We noticed at Vault Festival 2017 that a number of very good productions had started life at The King’s Head, and so it seems like a catalyst space for successful and interesting work.
Who else in the festival programme are you most excited about?
Stiff & Kitsch – we saw their last show Adele Is Younger Than Us and it was hilarious musical comedy at its best. That is part of this festival, as is their new show, By All Accounts Two Normal Girls, so very excited to see that as well.
Who or what are your inspirations to continue making theatre?
Most recently An Octoroon at The Orange Tree Theatre; a fascinating and important subject matter, well executed and hilariously performed.
Jane Eyre at The National Theatre a couple of years ago, co-pro with Bristol Old Vic.
Any production that brings the author, the actors and their intimate lives onto the stage; the theatre isn’t a place to hide but to be brave and expressive. To unlock and unpick historical stories, explore their socio-political relevance now, and make it entertaining to boot, is no easy task. When done well, that’s time and money well spent.
What are the future plans for your show?
After garnering response from our first outing, we intend to mount a longer run elsewhere on the London Fringe and hopefully further afield! Who knows, one day we could find ourselves performing in Lizzie Borden’s house in Massachusetts where the murders took place.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
This Is Not Culturally Significant at the Vault Festival and then at The Bunker Theatre; it shows you literally don’t need anything to be fucking brilliant.
Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show?
Choosing to perform with minimal set and only a smattering of period-appropriate costume (enough to be evocative but not slavish), music became an integral vehicle for placing us in 1892 America. We listened to a lot of folk music, collaborated with an ethno-musicographer to compile the score and songs for the show.
Writer: Sasha Wilson
Director: Asia Osborne
Producer: Joseph Cullen for Out of the Forest Theatre
Lighting: Gregory Jordan
Cast: Sasha Wilson, Joseph Prowen, Sam Jenkins-Shaw
Bury the Hatchet plays King’s Head Theatre as part of Festival 47 from 13 – 14 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.