Spotlight On… Stars of Kicked In The Sh*tter, Helen Budge & James Clay

Kicked In The Sh*tter runs at The Hope Theatre from 21st April – 8th April 2017, book tickets here: The Hope Theatre Box Office

Break A Leg has exclusive interviews with stars, Helen Budge and James Clay…

Spotlight on actress Helen Budge, playing ‘Her’ in Kicked in the Shitter by Leon Fleming.

 Tell me about the piece and your character Her

 The piece is a naturalistic slice of a very meaty pie (haha) – a pretty grim look at modern Britain and how it’s vital that we, as a society, should not only help those who really need it but that it’s also really important to be able to ask for that help. No man is an island. We’re all just doing what we need to in order to be able to survive.

 She (‘Her’) is the one who is fighting every day to be able to keep her head above water and just finds it so difficult to reach out and ask for help but genuinely needs it.

 What was your initial impression of the script?

 I loved it. It struck me as something so simple yet covers the whole spectrum of human emotions. I think that’s what it is – it’s a very human play.

 Was it easy to translate from page to stage?

 Yes I think it was. Scott (Le Crass – our director) had such a clear idea of what he wanted to do with it and from a technical point of view, the set is very simple too. The play doesn’t need any pomp and circumstance so it’s very much a case of less is more, in every respect.

 Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role of Her?

 I didn’t have any set-in-stone ideas of exactly how to play Her, just ideas of who she was and what her struggle was – I was excited to explore Her in the rehearsal process and we played around with different approaches. I knew though, that I didn’t want Her to just become a shouty, angry woman – with what she goes through that would be easy to play but she would then have been very two-dimensional and she’s a lot more than that.

 How does the space lend itself to the piece?

 This piece is intimate – you see these people at their absolute lowest and then trying to climb back up out of the abyss. The space reflects this totally – the audience are literally a few feet from us which is perfect for them to see every detail of the characters’ emotional journeys.

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

 If you want to watch something real and moving then come see our play. It’s great (if I say so myself).

 

Spotlight on James Clay, currently playing ‘HIM’ in Kicked In the Shitter at The Hope Theatre.

 

Tell me about the piece and your character Him…

The piece is about a brother and sister and their struggles to deal with life because of the troubled upbringing they had.

‘Him’ is someone that we have all met and may know. He is a bright guy but also extremely vulnerable and is in a cycle that he can’t break unless he seeks help.

What was your initial impression of the script?

Initial impressions of the script were that it reminded me of ‘I, Daniel Blake’. The struggles, the reality, the relationships and also the humour at times.

 Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role of Him?

I wanted to bring myself to this role and use my own experiences to help bring him to life.

 How does the space lend itself to the piece?

The space is perfect for the piece. Its intimate and really echoes the idea that there is no where to hide for these characters.

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

I would say come on down before it gets transferred to the west end and tickets prices triple!

Thanks to Helen and to James, wishing you well with the run.

 

 

 

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