JMK Trust 2017 award winner Josh Roche (My Name is Rachel Corrie) is directing Kenneth Emson's new play Plastic at the Old Red Lion, here he talks about working on the play, 'entertaining' theatre and who he'd really like to work with.
Tell us a bit about Plastic and what drew you to the project.
Plastic is the most eloquent play I've ever read on the subject of adolescence.
I'm twenty eight, so I don't know if this will change, but my teenage years are the toughest years I've had to get through.
Plastic makes us feel deeply how the seeds of our adult insecurities are planted in our teens.
This is a new play by Kenneth Emson with whom you’ve worked with before, does that help with bringing the piece to life and how collaborative is the rehearsal process?
Yeah we've got pretty efficient with our work. We can usually get the important notes done on the first pint these days, which frees up time for complaining about the industry for the rest of the meeting....
More seriously Kenny is an incredibly experienced writer, far more experienced than me. He's humble and exacting in equal measure, which makes him a dream to work with.
You say you like to produce 'entertaining political work’, how do you define ‘entertainment’?
Well entertainment makes you feel something, whether that's laughter, tears or horror. We're all humans and extreme feelings are novel, unusual and important to us. My aim is to move audiences to feel, using political stories.
How they respond to the story is up to them, but the main aim of entertainment is to move people. If you don't enjoy being moved, then I'd give Plastic a miss.