Spotlight On… Writers of 2 Become 1, Natasha Granger & Kerrie Thomason

2 Become 1 opens at Kings Head Theatre on 11th April and runs until 29th April 2017, you can book tickets here: Kings Head Theatre Box Office

Here’s an exclusive interview with the writers…

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

Jess has just been dumped by her perfect man and so to stop her drowning in her tears her three friends take her out on a wild night of speed-dating, belting out your favourite 90’s classics and with a cheesy dance routine or two along the way.

We had the idea for the show whilst up at the Edinburgh Fringe, we had just seen a 60s duke-box musical, and after thought wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a musical for our generation, and the inspiration for a 90s pop musical came from there. We took inspiration from the strong female friendships that were on our screens in the 90s; Charmed, Sex and the City, All-Saints, and of course the Spice Girls, to help create our characters and their relationships.

Was it easy to put it all down on paper?

As it was both of our first times writing a full show, we struggled a little at first to find our rhythm. Then one day, whilst we were both on tour and in a little cafe in Edinburgh, we realised something very important, that it of course had to be a comedy! Once we had realised this it all flowed very naturally from there. A lot of the time it was the two of us just being silly and then thinking ‘wait, let’s put that in the show’.

Is it translating well from page to stage?

We were actually really happy with how easily the characters and story came alive from the minute we started rehearsing it. One of the real benefits of writing, directing, and performing in the piece is that we could keep changing the script along the way, so that it kept developing throughout the rehearsal process.

How is the space lending itself to the piece?

The space at the Kings Head is just brilliant for 2 Become 1, the site lines and intimate space are perfect for the date, songs, and choreography, also it has a lovely aisle so that we can get in and amongst the audience!

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

We want to take the audience back to a simpler time, when dating and meeting people wasn’t confined to the screen of your Iphone, and where women were starting to be able to truly explore their sexuality. We want 2 Become 1 to be a party of a show, we hope they come out dancing, singing, and feeling like they’re part of the gang!

Finally, any advice for budding writers?

Just try not to worry too about finding a finished product straight away, just write down something, anything, and then keep adjusting and developing things as you realise more about the characters and story. We are still changing things and this will be fifth run of the show!

Thanks for the interview, girls! Break a leg!!

 

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