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Joe Ball, director from Heart to Heart Theatre talks about How We Think We Think
What’s the theme of your show?
It’s a one man show about just what it says on the tin: how we think we think. When Tom witnesses the suicide of a stranger he has had a chance encounter with on the London Underground, he makes it his mission to understand why the events unfolded as they did.
Describe one of your rehearsals.
We used the 6 principles of co-production to focus our working/devising. This allowed the writer, director and actor to have the part of the show/process that was theirs to focus on but didn’t restrict them to their speciality. Co-production is a practice that is being used in healthcare at the moment to create services which we are applying to creative processes.
What’s new or unique about the show?
We spent time talking to three different experts, one on neuro-science, one on philosophy and one on mental health. So the themes and discussion points are at the cutting edge of thinking.
How did the show come into being?
I had a conversation with my dad about how we think: he thinks in words I was more in pictures. So I became obsessed with how we think. Heart to Heart then talked to a neurologist from Nottingham university to bring some facts. After adding the actor to the research process we had two long research days as writer, director and actor which became the show. The important second focus became the fact that the leading cause of under 35’s in this country is suicide.
How is the show developing?
After performing it at the Stories of Being festival @ Platform Southwark on the Cut. We have developed from feedback and are excited to bring it to a wider audience at the Kings Head Theatre.
How has the writer been involved?
The writer has been involved through out the process. from first research the director and the actor story-boarded the piece, the writer then created the content which was constantly in flux until the final rehearsal. The writer was often in the rehearsal room and again using co-production, an equal part.
How have you experimented?
This is the first time that Heart to Heart have done a one man show. So it’s a very exciting new form which we have played with. A fallible narrator/protagonist which we play with how and why an audience connect to.
We have spent a lot of time thinking about the audience in this performance. We didn’t want them to a passive collective, instead they are actively part of the live event and importantly thinking for themselves.
What are your favourite shows, and why?
Fight Night by ontroerend goed – Because it made me think more about my role in society more than anything else has.
Show dates, times and booking info: The Kings head Theatre:
8th August – 7.00pm
9th-13th August – 9.30
Company web site: http://hearttohearttheatre.
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