Last, but very much not least, we spoke to Lost Watch about their show, the company and about how, in theatre, everything is up for grabs. We heard amazing things about Lost Watch's recent run of Left My Desk at New Diorama. Luckily it's coming back, but this time to Manchester, to join Incoming festival at HOME!
What drove you to make Left My Desk?
We were driven to make Left My Desk because of a sudden realisation of our distinct lack of understanding about social work and the effect it has on our society. Left My Desk follows a social worker, Becca Warren, through her day to day work on the front line of children’s services. Very early on in the process we realised that popular entertainment gives us a very skewed image of social workers and what their job entails. There is a huge difference between the clipboard carrying, incompetent, dowdy, middle aged women on the tv and the determined, passionate and brave individuals working our streets and communities.
Tell us a bit about Lost Watch
Lost Watch are myself (Rianna Dearden, playing Becca in Left My Desk and producing), Olivia Hirst (Writer of Left My Desk) and Agnes Wild (our Icelandic counterpart, Writer and director of our previous shows KATE and Á Eigin Fótum). The three of us make work based on honest stories with no set style or form. Most of our work in the UK had been for adults but we have recently made a show for ages 2+ (Á Eigin Fótum), which has toured to Iceland, Greenland and later this year Estonia.
There are so many ways to tell stories, tackle issues, explore ideas - why theatre?
It’s direct, there’s nowhere to hide and it’s all about the people in the room on that particular day. Everything is up for grabs.
Saying that: We’ve also made a Left My Desk short film, as a companion piece to the play. It filled the gaps in our story that we couldn’t fit in the theatre.
What was the last show you saw that you think everyone should see?
A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a bar) by Lulu Raczka. Amazing writing, performing and design.
Theatre making is hard and, although we try our best to work around them, it has it’s limits. If you had an unlimited budget, a unquestioningly devoted audience and all the time in the world, what show would you make?
A huge massive musical set in a pub with it’s own children’s theatre counterpart.
What else in the Incoming Festival line-up are you excited to see?
As many as we can!
Left My Desk will be at HOME on July 6th!