This weekend, Contact Light Productions head to The Playhouse Theatre for their brand new play – Bombshell. On Stage Northants writer Chris Lynch had a chat with his co-stars, and founders of the new company, during their final preparations before they take to the stage…
So, before we find out more about your debut play we thought it would be good to find out more about your theatre company, Contact Light Productions. Why did you set it up?
Mia: It’s always been a dream of mine to put on my own plays, Jasmine and I attended college together on an acting course. We both have a genuine passion for theatre so doing it together just seemed like an obvious fit.
Jasmine: Mia and I have been talking about doing this for such a long time now. We felt now was the right time. We both have a lot of creativity between us and wanted to really start utilising it.
Your debut play, Bombshell, is an original piece you’ve written yourselves. What’s it about?
The play focuses on a family of high prominence in the political world. A secret is revealed early on that blows the family apart. Beyond that the plot deals with each member of the family’s reaction and how they deal with this high stress situation. Suffice to say, there will be blood!
Did you have any influences when creating the story or characters?
We drew influences from many different places. When we first started developing the plot we watched a lot of political dramas and thrillers to get an idea of what kind of characters would exist in this world. Shows such as Scandal, The West Wing and House Of Cards were massive inspirations. We also looked at different representations of families, specifically families with a darker side. We particularly looked at the dynamics in films and shows like Bates Motel and Flowers In The Attic.
Once you had the script in place, was it hard getting things off the ground, including finding the right cast?
Once we had finalised the script and venues, finding the right cast was a bit of a struggle. Obviously, being a very new company, we weren’t sure if we’d get much interest. Luckily quite a few talented people wanted to be involved and things fell into place quite well.
Who is your favourite character from the play?
Mia: My favourite character is Jon, He’s a successful politician and a father figure to the family. I think he’s one of the most interesting characters in the play.
Jasmine: My favourite character is definitely Dan. I love the complexity of his relationship with my character ‘Pandora’. We play twins and I think Dan’s feelings toward Pandora are a really integral part of the plot.
How have rehearsals been going?
It took us a little while to find our feet, but we’d say we are now on the right track. Everyone’s putting in loads of effort and contributing some really exciting ideas. We’re really excited for everyone to see what we’ve been working on!
After Bombshell, what do you see in Contact Light’s future?
We are really excited about future projects we plan on doing with the company. We have a charity showcase in the pipeline for early next year and are also considering a big musical for mid to late 2018! We also want to do more original plays and some filmed projects.
What advice would you give to anyone else thinking of starting their own group?
Our advice would be to have a structured plan. Consider all the things you will need to do before working on the performance itself. Most of all, be passionate and have self belief!
Last of all, why should people come and see Bombshell?
We think people should come see Bombshell because it’s a play that we are truly proud of and think will be genuinely enjoyable for people to watch. It’s only an hour long, so your bum won’t get too sore!
You can see Bombshell at The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton on 18th November 2017. To book tickets for Bombshell, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/contact-light
For more information about the company visit the website
Chris Lynch is the Artistic Director of C&D Productions and an avid supporter of local and regional theatre, working with groups across the East Midlands since 2011. He has directed 16 theatre shows and had performed in over 25 productions prior to starting C&D.