David Toole On...Beyond The Front LineDate: 30 September 2009
David Toole has performed Shakespeare, earned rave reviews in The Fall Of The House Of Usher and recently starred in Slung Low's innovative piece They Only Come At Night. He is about to act in their latest promenade production, Beyond The Front Line which opens at the Lowry next week. We caught up with him to find out more about this outdoor Slung Low/Lowry co-production.
Beyond the Front Line is a sensory experience that breaks away from conventional theatre can we still expect a narrative?
Erm... Yes. I think the best way of describing it is that your audience is taken on a journey. Although the journey does tell a story, there’s a part of the piece where the audience do get different experiences. As far as narrative goes, I guess you’d say there is a set theme and an idea behind the show.
The audience’s role is not simply of observer in this piece. As UN Inspectors are they immersed in the action in the same way as the performers?
What did Slung Low find appealing about The Lowry when they were considering suitable location for the production?
The piece is performed outside, do you find there are any limitations?
From your previous experiences of interactive theatre do you find that the performance changes depending on the participating audience?
Comprising of seven artists from diverse backgrounds, how do you collaborate and select all your ideas?The director, Alan, will come up to us and say ‘this is what the idea is, and this is how it is going to work.’ It’s all very new to us. You have the usual lines to learn, but on the other side of that you have to get used to the fact you are in a confined space with an audience and technology.
Finally, what mindset do you want an audience member interested in watching Beyond the Front Line to have?
Dave Toole was speaking to Rebecca Cohen.
Beyond The Front Line runs at the Lowry from 6 -17 October. For more information, visit the Slung Low website.
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