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Mydidae at Soho Theatre - Q&A

17 December 2012 | Anita Mistry

"Having discussed, in depth, the most appropriate and adult way to go about 'the nudity', we ended up just taking all our clothes off and running around the rehearsal space."

Mydidae is written by the BAFTA award winning writer Jack Thorne, who was commissioned by Dry Write to produce a play set entirely in a fully plumbed bathroom. London Calling’s Anita Mistry caught up with the two starring actors during it’s run at Soho Theatre for a rather interesting quick Q&A...  

 

London Calling: Tell us about Mydidae

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: It's a play about a bathroom and the two people who inhabit it over the course of one, cruel day. (Jack said 'cruel day' and I'm stealing it). It's a unique view into the most intimate corners of a couple's life and relationship. It's thrilling, funny, dangerous and very, very real.
Keir Charles: It's a play by Jack Thorne, commissioned by DryWrite and directed by Vicky Jones. And I think it's rather good.
 

LC: Evidently this is a very intimate play and the setting even more so. How did you put each other at ease/ break the ice?

PWB: Having discussed, in depth, the most appropriate and adult way to go about 'the nudity', we ended up just taking all our clothes off and running around the rehearsal space punching each other like hyperactive seven year olds until it got boring. It was important to get to the point where we weren't aware of our own, or each others, bodies. Keir was the only one with a willy in the rehearsal room, so I imagine it was slightly more daunting for him.
KC: We got drunk.

 

LC: How did you prepare for the parts? In terms of the set and getting into character?

PWB: Jack does it all for you really. This process has been a masterclass in how to stop acting. Vicky Jones (director) sat patiently through so much of my APPALLING acting before she delicately brought us back round to doing nothing. When you are open and just say the words it's thrilling... Jack's language goes right through you. Even his pauses and beats and "she looks at her hands" stage directions unlock so much when you stop trying to do interesting things with them. So yes, preparation is in being open, listening and trusting the play. 
KC: I read the play. A lot.

 

LC: What was it like on the first night - were you nervous, or more nervous than usual?

PWB: Can't remember. Blanked out. Blind fear. Taps. I remember taps.   
KC: Yes.
 

LC: What was it like working with DryWrite/ Jack Thorne?

PWB: Yeah, Keir, what was it like working with DryWrite? Keir. What's that like? Vicky was brilliant. At one point before the preview, when I was stressing over a poster or a photocall or something, she just pinned me against a wall and told me to let it all go and just be a bloody actor. I'm a horrible control freak so it was hard, but our producer, Francesca Moody, is superhuman so we are in the safest of hands with her and the rest of the team. Jack is great to have in during rehearsals. He's very open and unsentimental about his work. If he doesn't have, or doesn't want to give, an answer to a question we have about the play he says 'moo' and grins. He takes the piss out of us. A lot.
KC: Terrible. they're terrible people. 
 

LC: How did you get into acting?

PWB: Showing off. Then realising you can get paid to do it. 
KC: I didn't want to work for a living.
 

LC: What is next for you both?

PWB: Cake. Lots of cake.  
KC: Christmas!

 

Mydidae is showing at Soho Theatre until 22 December. Click here to book tickets.

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