I interviewed Lucy Van Hove, critic and participant in theatre-circus, and advocate for this innovative art form. Lucy describes herself on Twitter as: ‘London Mum of three, word painter & aerialist learning a few tricks. Curated Shhh! cabaret #Postcards2017. Now circusnavigating globe #sailingLaCigale …’
Leslie: How did your interest in theatre-circus begin, grow and develop?
Lucy: Organically… When I first moved to London to work as a trainee accountant in my 20s, I remember going toThe Roundhouse to see an Argentine company called De La Guarda (now Fuerzabruta) where performers bungeed through a paper ceiling above us, signaling an evening of anarchic, surreal, madcap fun. They would clown around with the audience, rifling through bags (well, mine anyway) and sweep the odd spectator into the air. I remember thinking I would love to have a go.
I am not an expert on Welsh stories. I didn’t even know they existed until my forty first year – not the fighting, red and white dragons, not the Lady of the Lake, or Taliesin, or the Mabinogion, or any of the strange tales of changelings and fairy borrowings. I’m not sure how unusual my ignorance is for the average Briton. But to me it is akin to an aboriginal Australian growing up without any knowledge of the Dreamtime. A travesty. I think that’s why the stories hijacked my Aussie immigration novel. Why, Rhys, one of my viewpoint characters ended up a storyteller. Continue reading THE TALES NO ONE EVER TOLD ME→
In Part Two of her interview, Katherine Ashe takes up the story after being 30 weeks on the Amazon best-seller list. We talked about Katherine’s move into film production, how she works as a writer, and her views on fiction versus fact in historical novels.
Leslie: Could you describe the birth, growth and development of your film about Simon de Montfort please? Could you tell us about what you learned from the production process?
In Part Three of Cy Henty’s interview I asked about his comedy pilots for the BBC, his podcasts and alternative films and the philosophy that sustains him as an innovative actor, writer, artist and comedian.
Leslie: Can you tell us about what happened when ‘Sam and Cy’, your comedy double act with Sam Ball, got taken up by a London agent and ‘went big’?
Cy: We were fortunate enough, through this agent, to end up on The University Tour with Russell Brand. I remember him stripping off at one show and demanding a bottle of Jack Daniels from behind the bar – at another spraying the audience with a fire extinguisher and all of us getting escorted out by security. Continue reading AN ACTOR’S TALE, Part Two→
I asked actor, writer, artist and comedian Cy Henty about his stage career – including touring with Russell Brand and a run at The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh. Cy has starred in thought-provoking and sometimes scarily-absurdist films, playing the part of a manic gameshow host in a conch codpiece in one, and a policeman with an imperial moustache in another. Behind this, in his personal life, Cy is a people person, an ex-Mental Health Occupational Therapist and a passionate father who likes working in duos.
In a revealing three-part interview, Cy gave a frank account of what it’s like to work as an actor and caring individual in the hectic world of alternative stand-up and horror/comedy. Continue reading AN ACTOR’S TALE, Part One→
Often, when I describe a location in a story, I draw on details of a place I’ve lived or visited. When I do, the images that come up are usually more like impressions from dreams than moments captured in real time. They might be slightly distorted, or blurred and selective, or they might include several locations run together – but I draw from direct experience because that way I can get closer to my subject matter. Continue reading THE POWER OF LOCATION→