In Conversation With Tom Saunders And Philip Morris
Ahead of Remember, Remember opening at The REP next week, we caught up with the show's directors Tom Saunders and Philip Morris, as they chat about working with The Young REP and what the audience can expect from this brand new play.
So, you're currently directing Grace Barrington's new play Remember, Remember. Tell us more about the show…
TS: The play tells the story of one night from the points of view of different young people. They all see the evening in very different ways and we leave it to the audience to decide who is telling the truth and what really happened
PM: It's set on bonfire night
TS: Oh yeah. That's actually really important. It's set on bonfire night. Hence why it's called Remember Remember i.e the fifth of November
PM: Michael has taken his little sister Laila to a bonfire night celebration without his parent's permission. But actually the play is set in retrospect, so we hear the night explained three times by different young people
What can the audience expect?
PM: The play is split into four acts. Act One is from Michael's perspective, Act Two is his friends, Act Three is the girls he knows…
TS: (Interrupting) We should probably leave that as a secret!
PM: (Laughs) Okay. So three different versions of events from bonfire night and then…
TS: Another act that you will find out about on the night
How is the rehearsal process going?
PM: It's been great. The cast have thrown themselves into the play.
TS. We're really lucky as directors because our youth theatre (The Young REP) are so lovely. We have great fun rehearsing with them and they bring so many ideas and so much talent to the table
What successes/challenges have you faced?
PM: As directors, the biggest challenge is probably the amount of trust Grace puts in us as a writer
TS: Yeah. The way she has structured the play means that we totally get to choose who says what and when. We get to choose how characters are portrayed and where parts of the story are set. That's incredibly trusting for a writer
PM: Which is a challenge and gift!
TS: Yes because it is very much down to the young people to convey the story, it is not already laid out for them
Why is it important for people to come along and support The Young REP?
TS: There are some obvious reasons: local talent, performers of the future etc. But most importantly, the young people are great. Don't come and see it because they're the talent of the future. Come and see it because they're talented now.
PS: To add to that, if you're an adult who doesn't spend much time with young people, it will be really interesting. There isn't a significant adult presence in their story so you're given a window into how young people talk to each other when they're not being “supervised.”
Choose three words to describe the show…
PM: Fast-paced…that's one word, right?
TS: Mysterious? Erm…
TS: Yeah there are some really funny bits. Come and see it!