To get you ready for our February Shorts we’ve been talking to all the writers about their plays and working as a playwright.
Here Ian Kendall talks about his play Semi-Detached about a young woman who visits her elderly father only to discover that his suspicion of the neighbours is getting out of control. The play is a comic and brutally honest look at modern day prejudice and paranoia.
What prompted you to write the Semi-Detached?
That’s a difficult one, because I now tend to write shorts when I come up against a brick wall writing other stuff. It’s a bit like a writing release mechanism, but there is nearly always a larger social or political statement behind each piece.
What do you think the audience will like about it?
I hope the audience will like the play not only at its light absurd level but also go deeper, beyond the dialogue.
How do you hope the piece will develop through the rehearsal process and its performance in Descent?
To become more rounded, tighter and rhythmic under the influence of the director and actors… And to develop it further, if that’s how it evolves.
How did you get into writing?
I have always wanted to write, but I guess everybody says that. Now I have the opportunity I intend to milk it for all its worth. How did it happen? I don’t know it was a seamless thing.
Which writers inspire you?
A quick and short response would be Kafka. As far as playwright influences… this is a moveable feast, but I would say Pinter and Beckett inspire me most and in equal measure, although I would also mention absurd writers like Ionesco and N F Simpson. Tom Stoppard is another, but that might be more admiration than inspiration.
What’s your favourite play?
Another moveable feast, but I would say Pinter’s The Homecoming because it is so well crafted and tight. It disturbs and redeems, sometimes at the same time.
Semi-Detached will be performed as part of Descent Shorts on the 7th February at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone. More info
Look out on Friday for Ian’s Playella Flying.
Ian has been writing stage plays for about twelve years with a number of short (and not so short) plays being performed in and around the Midlands. A piece was selected in 2011 by ‘Little Pieces of Gold’ and performed at The Etcetera Theatre, Camden. He has also had a couple of full length plays produced and performed as part of a festival of plays in both 2011 and 2012. Currently he has another full length play with a production company preparing to tour towards the end of 2013.