‘Theatre is a real team effort – using skills to achieve a common goal. I relish that.’: Meet REP Foundry artist Michael Southan
Michael Southan on becoming a REP Foundry artist
What made you first want to create theatre?
When I think back to my school days of studying drama, it was theatre's ability to have an effect on people, either “this will make them laugh” or “this could be presented nicely on a stage.” Also, it's that theatre is a real team effort. Everyone comes together and uses their skills to achieve a common goal - I relish that.
What excites you most about being a REP Foundry artist?
I love the freedom that Foundry offers in the structure of the programme – the six of us can really go on a journey with our work. I'm really looking forward to taking part in workshops with those who collaborate with The REP and sharing ideas with others in the room.
If you could collaborate with anyone (past or present) who would it be, and why?
I think it would have to be Alan Bennett. I find that I am able to really connect with his writing and I often see characters I can relate to in his work. I think that being able to sit and have a chat with him would be a joy.
Who or what in theatre inspires you most?
I'm really inspired by people, specifically the rhythms of people's speech. Also, I always look for the drama in the everyday; I think that's when I find out most about my characters.
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