Theatre & Dance
Pool (no water) by The Actors Company
The Actors Company: Pool (no water)
Pool (no water), by controversial playwright Mark Ravenhill, examines the issues of professional jealously and envy. This hard-hitting work of physical theatre is the latest offering from the Norfolk-based Actors Company.
Pool (no water) by controversial playwright Mark Ravenhill is the second offering from The Actors Company, a collective of Norfolk-based professional theatre talent.
Created to showcase the best contemporary, cutting-edge and challenging new work from some of the world's finest playwrights, the company is deep in rehearsals for their second production.
Pool (no water) - which opens at the Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 - tells the story of a famous and successful artist who invites four old friends to her home.
When she suffers a horrific accident and ends up in a coma, the group wonder whether to capitalise on her fame and turn her suffering into a work of art.
"I think Mark Ravenhill is quite controversial in the work he does", said director Holly Maples who lectures at the University Of East Anglia (UEA).
"If you read the play there are no characters, there's just lines - so you can do whatever you want with it. What is really exciting is that it gives you the opportunity to do really innovative staging which is the tradition and more popular in Germany and France," she added.
Mark Ravenhill is one of the most controversial and successful British writers to emerge in the 1990's with his debut full-length play Shopping And F******.
"The actors group wanted to do plays from 2000 to the present – they wanted to do things that really reinvent the way that people think about the theatre, the way that people want to see themselves on the stage whist dealing with modern topical issues," said Holly.
Former UEA student Romy Tennant
Auditions for the play were held in Norwich and London. For one of the four strong cast, a part in Pool (no water) is something of a homecoming.
"So much work is in London, its really nice to come back to another city that I know and like - and spend a bit of time here," said Romy Tennant, who gained her drama degree from the UEA 10 years ago.
"I remember, being here as a student, that there wasn't a big professional producing theatre company - so it was nice to see someone making that happen," she added.
The themes in Pool (no water) made for an attractive proposition for Romy.
"The theme of professional jealousy is a something that everyone can relate to at some level, it's just looking at the darker side of ourselves that we tend to deny a lot of the time," she said.
"I think the audience will recognise things in it. Also, it probably should be quite disturbing and I hope people will find it funny as well - I'll be curious to see what people make of it," she added.
What's in a name
Ravenhill's play was scripted without any character names, scenes, or lines awarded to certain parts - leaving it open for The Actors Company to interpret.
Joseph Wicks (left) and Viss Elliot Safavi (right)
"It's really exciting to see very contemporary theatre, I think a lot of the time as an actor you're working on classics or things that have been around for a while," said actor Joseph Wicks.
"This is only the second time this play has been done in this country, so we've really had the chance to create something quite new with it," he added.
The Actors Company initially plan to present two shows a year until 2010. If you would like to submit your CV to join the company, please contact Jo Reil or David Lambert on 01603 283380.
Pool (no water) by The Actors Company runs at the Norwich Playhouse from Tuesday, 16 September to Saturday, 20 September, 2008.
The play is not suitable for under-16's. It contains adult themes, strong language and some nudity.
last updated: 15/09/2008 at 12:49