The three key ingredients of theatre
Just imagine that the script, costumes, sets, sound, lighting and performance by the actors are separate items in front of you, like a batch of ingredients. It wouldn’t work. The director is the person who works to make sense of things, to put them together, fine-tune and link them.
In Lévriers, there’s something special about it; it’s as if the play is being created before our eyes… Sophie Gee, the director and creator, performs alongside the actors and actresses. This gives us a simultaneous overview of the staging process.
Sophie Gee is telling the story of her relationship with theatre.
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How did theatre enter your life and when did you decide to make it your profession?
My parents are immigrants who did blue collar work and we never went to the theatre, but I always enjoyed it when children’s shows came to my primary school classroom. In high school, I was in a club that went to shows together and we would be given a tour backstage before each performance. That’s what introduced me to the magic of theatre. I can remember a production of Macbeth at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton in which the actors created a storm by synchronizing their body movements, and it made a great impression on me.
But theatre remained a pastime when I was growing up. I was just in the audience. I wanted to become a writer at the time. At university, I changed my mind and enrolled in film studies, and after that I worked in film for quite a while. But I continued to attend theatre productions and took courses. I began to act and direct. I eventually decided to go back to school and was fortunately accepted into the National Theatre School’s directing program.
What are the three ingredients of your ideal theatre?
Wow, three ingredients of theatre. I love that question. For me it’s –
Vulnerability (or something else that you don’t want others to see – vulnerability, ugliness, something shameful – I suppose that might mean honesty)