Adam Mitchell, the director of our upcoming production Boy Gets Girl, has done several shows with Black Swan in the past, including 2011s acclaimed When The Rain Stops Falling, and the HotBed Ensemble productions including The Shape of Things and pool (no water).
We asked Adam a few questions about Boy Gets Girl and his other projects, and hes answered us in true Adam Mitchell fashion! Take a look:
Black Swan: One word to describe Boy Gets Girl?
Adam Mitchell: Ive got three Hes behind you!
BS: What drew you to this play?
AM: It was both the classic elements of a thriller (think Hitchcock) and the contemporary ideas in the play. It is a breathtaking story of a young woman pushed to the edge, and a wider examination of the politics between men and woman and how our society may even be enabling men to behave badly.
The design possibilities were also alluring. The challenge of how we translate this modern tale set in New York City into a 1950s noir style is exciting- the music, the shadows, the detective, it all has a certain romance to it. Oh, and it has great hit of humour which will hopefully catch our audience off guard.
BS: Kate Cherry directed Boy Gets Girl at Melbourne Theatre Company a few years ago. Will you discuss it with Kate? Are you excited or nervous about putting your own touch and direction on this production?
AM: Kate and I have been chatting about the play and her insight into the characters has been very helpful. I am always excited about putting a new take on a great play. I imagine there will be many differences and similarities to our productions, though I didnt get to see Kates (I wonder if there is a DVD!).
BS: You are very fast when it comes to casting something the Black Swan Marketing team really likes about you! You often have your production almost entirely cast before the season launch, which doesnt normally happen for our other shows. Do you already have actors in mind when you agree to do a production? How does the casting process work for you?
AM: I try to get the casting done as soon as possible as this frees me up to focus my powers on concept and the aesthetics of the show. I usually have one or two key actors who I use as an anchor, and then try to find complimentary or opposing actors to create a spark. I tend not to worry too much about casting the characters ages or look accurately, it is much more about their unique flavour and how they might add a tension to the play.
BS: Your last production for Black Swan was When The Rain Stops Falling, which garnered great reviews from critics and audiences. Do you feel any extra pressure to make this next production even better?
AM: Pressure? Its all about buying off the critics!
BS: In addition to Boy Gets Girl, you also have a production coming up at the Blue Room Theatre, The Polite Gentleman. How is it juggling multiple productions at once? Are there many differences between the two?
AM: The Blue Room work is an entirely different premise, although each is informing the other. The Polite Gentleman is a show built around the Blues for the chameleon actor/singer Mark Storen. Its a cracker of a story, which follows Mouse and his rather short-sighted deal with the Devil.
It is already in rehearsal, so my job will almost be finished by the time Boy Gets Girl gets off the ground, and hopefully our audience will enjoy this smaller, smoky, bluesy morality tale. Its runs from 4 25 September.
BS: You are working with Black Swan in 2013, although we cant yet say on what. What else do you have on the horizon?
AM: Its tricky because I have never been good at keeping secrets, but there is a new cabaret show Im working on at the moment and an opera in the pipeline. Stay tuned.
Boy Gets Girl plays at the State Theatre Centre of WA from 15 30 September 2012. Tickets to Boy Gets Girl on sale now through BOCS Ticketing.