Interviewer: Can you tell me please, your approach to directing and particularly with this play, how you approached it?
Janet: Well in the past few years I' ve been working at Kali Theatre Company, so it' s a new writing company so the way I approach it is always obviously via the text, but very much in exploring the text and in most cases the plays that we do are first time writers.So the first week or ten days of rehearsal is usually always about sorting out the story, about sorting out characters' intentions, and there' s an awful lot of re-writing usually as well that goes on.So the way I approach directing a new piece is very different to directing a piece that' s been tried and tested, if you like. So, a great deal of time is spent sorting out the script and actioning the script. I like to do very detailed work with the actors on their intentions, objectives, their actions, that' s the way that I approach new writing. So, lots of head-in-script work!
Interviewer: Is there one particular scene in the play that you found particularly challenging?
Janet: The end of act 1, which I' ve come to call ' The Wasteland scene' originally was set, in the text is set on a street corner in Birmingham, and just wasn' t working for me having this kind of scene in the middle of a high-street in Birmingham it just wasn' t working for me and also the state that Tariq was in, and so we had a morning of experimentation where we chucked things around and did lots of improv and the result of that is the scene that we have, that I call ' The Wasteland scene' , which I' m really proud of. I think it' s a really wonderful dramatic touch to a piece of very realistic writing.