We spoke to Dina from allgoodartistsaredead about their upcoming show, JOY, which explores the fall out of African diaspora. For us at Silent Faces it's so great to hear why other people make the theatre they do, what drives them and what that ends up looking like. Here we share Dina's thoughts about it all:
What drove you to make JOY?
A period of improvisation lead us Strindberg's classic Miss Julie. We started devising around the moment Julie returns to the kitchen having slept with Jean. Jamming on that idea, it became apparent that the history of the Western canon dictates that having a non-white actress playing Miss Julie needs commenting upon. Either the audience will comment on it after the show, or the show will comment upon it itself in real time.
JOY became the comment.
Who is JOY for?
For people that want to see race and sexuality approached in a complex and dignified manner on stage. And those that just wanna party.
What is it about theatre that makes it a great platform for discussion?
The drinks afterwards! Arguably it's the best bit, trying to process what you've seen, what you thought, hearing your friends experiences and how their interpretations might alter or contribute to your own. Critical analysis over red wine with your mates, perfection.
What theatre ‘turn offs’ do you have?
Feeling patronised by a writer, or used by a director. Anything that uses political or social topics as a crutch on which to validate its existence. For us theatre is first and foremost an art.
What was the last show that moved you to action?
Dirty Work (The Late Shift) by Forced Entertainment at Battersea Arts Centre. We liked it so much we were moved to corner artistic director Tim Etchells in the bar. We've been friends ever since.
What shows at VAULT are you looking forward to?
We can't wait for Koko Brown's White, Hitting the Wall's The Internet is for Adults and This Is It Theatre's For a Back Girl. And for all the work of Silent Faces of course! ;)
You can see JOY at 15.15 on the 10 and 11 of Feb!