To find out more about Festival 47 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Lovecraft, which plays Festival 47 from 15 July 2017 at 18:30. I caught up with writer and director Ant Cule:
Describe your show in three words.
Scary story telling.
Tell us a bit more about your theatre company.
Lovecraft takes three classic H.P. Lovecraft stories and spins them into theatrical storytelling. It’s really stripped back, using the language of Lovecraft to conjure the images. There are four storytellers who jump in and out of characters – no props, no lights, no set; just bodies in the space using the words.
It’s a bit of an experiment – can we capture the atmosphere Lovecraft creates in his stories and transmit that to an audience? We’re playing with tension and release and comedy and horror and all of that.
Is this your first time at the King’s Head?
This is not my first time at the King’s Head; I was at last year’s Festival46 with two different shows. Firstly, Drawn In by Speechless Theatre Company – a company I run with a friend of mine; we make plays with no words. Secondly, I co-directed Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, which will be in Edinburgh again this year.
Who else in the festival programme are you most excited about?
What is your inspiration to continue making theatre?
Working with great people is the number one thing that keeps me going. I like to create shows so I can work with creative people, people who have ideas and passion and energy and a sense of humour. I also read a lot, and that inspires me; whether it’s to experiment with some approach to creating, or to try and bring a story to life – books keep me going. And music: I love building soundtracks to write to. Anything and everything.
What are the future dreams for your show?
The plan with these shows is to get a sense of how it affects an audience, respond to that, change where necessary and then go again, elsewhere. H.P. Lovecraft has a huge fanbase, and I’d love for the show to capture what those people love about his work. And then for as many people to see it as possible.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
I just saw The Ferryman, which was incredible. The way Jez Butterworth manages the tension, the procession of characters, the mingling of folk-tales, ancient stories, and modern resonances. It showed how complex a simple story can be. I loved it.
Writer/ Director: Ant Cule
Cast: Edward Yelland, Georgia Robson, Jonathan Cobb, Sophie MacKenzie
Lovecraft plays King’s Head Theatre as part of Festival 47 from 15 – 16 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.