Spotlight On… Writer of CTRL+ALT+DELETE, Emma Packer

Emma Packer’s CTRL+ALT+DELETE will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre this April as part of their FIRST Festival of Solo Performance 2017. Click here to book tickets: CTRL+ALT+DELETE

CTRL+ALT+DELETE explores the harsh realities of life through the character of Amy Jones, an emotionally charged girl from Brixton with a strong political heart.  This highly relevant piece addresses issues including our most recent political upheaval, immigration, the London riots, the war on terrorism and the housing crisis.

Here’s an exclusive interview with Emma Packer, who wrote the piece and performs it too:

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, Emma. Tell me about the piece and your inspiration for it

CTRL+ALT+DELETE is a tale of resilience in the face of adversity.  Amy Jones from Brixton is an emotionally charged girl with a strong political heart.  She challenges the injustices of the world, where war rips communities apart, equality isn’t universal and your biggest enemies are sometimes the very ones who brought you in to the world.

I wanted to explore and draws parallels between control and abuse of power within a domestic setting and in the wider society from the Government, Media and the Police.

 CTRL+ALT+DELETE examines the myth that all mothers are loving and protective of their children which serves to isolate us from the truth and the harsh realities of life.   The show addresses the subject of female violence, and the skewed perception of mother and daughter relationships.  People often suffer mental and/or physical abuse at the hands of a wife, girlfriend or a mother and I hope that CTRL+ALT+DELETE can raise awareness around this very important subject matter.

Was it easy to put it all down on paper?

I never find writing easy but I do find it hugely enjoyable and slightly cathartic.   The different characters within the show require different styles of writing.  Amy is profound and poetic, whereas her mum is quite the opposite.

How did you translate it from page to stage?

Katherine Hayes has directed the paly since it was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.   She is an incredible director and is responsible for bringing this narrative to life.

How is the space lending itself to the piece?

The characters tell the story within the show.  Therefore the play lends itself to the space at Tristan Bates Theatre which is a blank canvas so to speak.

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

I am hoping the audience are challenged emotionally and leave the theatre deep in thought and/or discussion.

Finally, any advice for budding writers?

Practice makes perfect!

Thanks to Emma for a superb interview, wishing you every success with the piece.



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