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Interview with Amelia Sears, Director of Home

15 October 2013 | Charlie Kenber

In its first major London performance for twenty years, David Storey's Home opens at the Arcola Theatre on 23rd October. We caught up with director Amelia Sears...

London Calling: The play hasn’t had a major London performance for twenty years. What made you want to revive it now?

Amelia Sears: I was so stunned by it's originality and incredible characters that I couldn't believe I hadn't even heard of it. I was pretty certain that many of my generation wouldn't have heard of it or seen it either. I wanted the challenge of trying to revive it and share it with a new audience, as well as with those fans from the 70's who loved it so much then and would be able to compare it with the way the play speaks to us now.

LC: What do you usually look for when choosing a production to take on?

AS: Challenging ideas, accurate and provocative human behaviour, a good story and a delicate balance of black humour, tragedy, and a bit of hope mixed in for good measure.

LC: What do you find most exciting about this project?

AS: That the play observes so accurately the truth about human fragility, and the need we all have to belong. That I have the chance to work with some incredibly experienced and gifted actors. That when I read it I had no idea how to direct it, is what continues to make it exciting on a daily basis.

LC: Who do you think the show will appeal to?

AS: Anyone who feels anything about ageing, family, mental health, the state of England, and the way we care for one another.

LC: Your run the company – SEArED – with your husband. ​How would you describe the company's approach to work?

AS: As I am part of that company, I would say our approach to work is to take on plays that have something to say about now, and the way we live and interact with one another. We are driven to work with actors of the highest calibre, and create an ensemble environment in which every body is treated well and respectfully. We want to make theatre that is compelling and entertaining, and do it in the most honest and straightforward way.

LC: You’re working with the Arcola again – how did that come about?

AS: We had a really excellent time there last year and wanted to build on our relationship with the theatre, and it's audience there. Mehmet and Leyla have built an extraordinary venue, and we wanted to continue to be a part of it. When we suggested 'Home' they gave us the green light so we went for it.

LC: What is it that originally got you into theatre? Is it the same reason that keeps you there?

AS: Good stories, and truthful human behaviour that everybody can connect to. Yes!

Home plays at the Arcola Theatre from 23rd October to 23rd November. Tickets £12.00 - £17.00 and available here.

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