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Hyperdrive Theatre discuss their residency

| Mon 9 Jul 2018

We caught up with Hyperdrive Theatre, who are currently residing in our Creation Space. They've told us more about what they're up to.

Can you tell us a bit about Hyperdrive Theatre?

We are Molly, Ella and James, three very different amigos who share a common drive to make theatre in the moment that is not defined by style but centred on story. Based in London, sometimes Bristol, sometimes Jersey, we are looking to bring together our variety of experiences in order to create theatre that is relatable and exciting.

Since forming as a company we have won the King's Head Stella Wilkie Award for our show Splinter, and we are winners of the Lyric Hammersmith Fresh Faced Film Festival 2018 for our short film The Regular Everyday. As well as the film going to the BFI and Latitude Festival later this year, we also look forward to seeing our other short film Clutch alongside The Regular Everyday at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre later this month. We are off to a good start and are now taking a big leap into the future.

How would you describe the work that you create?

This R&D is our third show together and quite honestly, each time we make work it's always completely different. Because we are a relatively new company, we're still finding our feet and creative style, however the things that unite how we make work is our love of devising and playful attitude to creating theatre.

What are you working on during your residency at artsdepot?

We are in the initial stages of creating a show that explores the progression of British LGBT+ experiences through observing personal stories of coming out and carrying out interviews with a broad spectrum of LGBT+ people. This show is based on real people and real stories, so keeping the project grounded in real life is very important to us.

Currently we are using this residency to discover various forms that will allow us to take verbatim interviews carried out with members of the LGBT+ community and transform them in theatrically interesting ways.

What elements of the project are you developing while you’re here?

Whilst at artsdepot we are developing script, characters and the overall tone of the piece, which has been inspired by the verbatim interviews. We will also be bringing in outside collaborators to test out ideas and material that we have been developing over the last few days.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal space?

A ball, both for stress relief and a good old game of 9 Square.

But in all seriousness, the most useful thing to us is to come into a rehearsal room with an open mind and the willingness to try everything and anything.

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