Spotlight On… Full Pelt Theatre

Wombmates has enjoyed a recent run at Theatre N16 – here, the writers and performers from Full Pelt Theatre talk to Break A Leg about the piece:

Interview with the show’s Performers and Writers:

Tell me about the piece and your character(s)

The piece is about 2 Geordie babies inside of the womb in which they discover, explore and debate life before and after birth. During the 9 months of pregnancy the babies play games to kill time and discuss what they think will happen to them. This gives the play a sketch show feel which influences the progression of the narrative. ’Wombmates’ is a physical comedy, 2 man show, devised from new writing which originally came from a 5 minute sketch in 2015.

What was your initial impression of the script?

The script has been developed throughout the whole rehearsal process. We began with a rough structure and from there began improvising and devising taking what we discovered and putting it down on paper.

Was it easy to translate from page to stage?

Our process allowed us to experiment and constantly adapt the script depending on how the story evolved.

Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role(s)?

We wanted the characters of the 2 babies to be adorably naïve but still have a hint of understanding of what it’s like in the outside world through listening to Mum and Dad. We wanted what they hear from outside to influence what they do on the inside. In terms of physicality we wanted to find many different shapes and interactions between the 2 to give the illusion that they are inside the womb.

How does the space lend itself to the piece?

The more intimate setting of the space means that we are immediately restricted which lends itself well to the feeling of ‘Wombmates’. 2 brothers, stuck in their own world, growing bigger every day. It would be nice, one day, to play with having the audience surrounding the action to emphasise the feel of total submersion.

What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?

It’s unexpected and surprising. Do you ever imagine what babies get up to in the womb? Well you don’t have to imagine anymore! Oh and their Geordies too, which makes everything just a little bit funnier.

Interview with the show’s Directors:

Tell me about the piece and your vision for it…

This piece is a bizarre comedy which I think any audience will fall in love with. The characters are not only adorable but will surprise you and draw you in straight away.

Did you have initial ideas about casting and what you wanted actors to bring to the piece?

The process has always been a collaborative one. We all work together trying new ideas and creating new material. Aaron and Adam bring their characters to life so well and both bring their own individual styles of comedy to the roles which makes watching them as a duo so much more satisfying. It also helps that they look so similar…

What do you hope the audience will take away from the production?

I hope it doesn’t put people off having children!! I hope the audience leave with a feeling of joy, it’s a joyful piece which we want to entertain people with. I also like the idea of people watching two grown men being so intimate with each other. You don’t often see it on stage and it’s lovely watching the twins be so tactile and close. Adam and Aaron bring a vulnerability that makes the audience empathise and root for them. Their relationship is beautiful to watch. Hopefully it will make people think of family and who knows, maybe they’ll go home and give their brother or sister a hug.

Have rehearsals altered your initial thoughts, at all?

Rehearsals included a lot of experimenting. We had to decide on what style we wanted this piece to be and that did change as the script changed. How naturalistic could we go when dealing with a situation that no-one knows about? How absurd do we push it? I think we’ve come to a happy medium, blending the bizarre with the honesty and impulsiveness of children.

What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?

People should see this show as it is a heart-warming piece and you will have never seen anything like it! It’s a unique comedy which everyone can relate to as we have all been there…literally. At this stage I also want people to come and see it so we can gather more feedback and keep on developing the show to discover its full potential. This is the first time it has been shown as a full length piece so seeing how it is received is going to be vital in pushing it further.

Thanks so much for an insightful interview!

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