Preview: Spiders

Image credit: Laura Cameron

On throughout this week at the ADC, 'Spiders', in the words of its writer Kate Collins, is "not a love story. However, the play is firmly rooted in the relationship between Harry and Mia, two teenagers from completely different worlds. Harry is homeless, reckless, and overly invested in the documentaries of David Attenborough. Mia has everything he doesn’t. Sit with them in a squat for an hour and a half, and you’ll find they make for an explosive combination.

It’s always strange seeing something you’ve written come to life. You spend ages hacking away at a keyboard, for those people you dreamt up suddenly to start walking, talking, swearing, dancing and having ideas of their own. (You also feel very guilty about the amount of food you decided to include in the script, causing an immense ball-ache for all involved, especially for very kind and patient Stage Managers.) I’m hugely grateful to have a cast and crew who are deeply invested in the play, always ready to ask questions, and have produced a show that is fast-paced, witty and touching."

The rehearsing process, as director Rachel Kitts tells me was a "collaborative" one, which "valued the work of Jessica Murdoch and Alistair Henfrey in developing their relationship as principal actors and as individuals. Their incredible talent, passion, and professionalism meant that the process was both rewarding and enjoyable. Our deep and engaging character discussions allowed us to talk about them as though we knew them, and the actors’ ability to slip flawlessly in and out of character never failed to astound me. Together with a fantastically talented and devoted crew, I believe we’ve managed to create something intimate and sincere that’s guaranteed to be both challenging and utterly worth it."

To be given a piece of writing to work with that is fresh, exciting, and has never been performed before, is immediately a thrilling prospect. It’s an opportunity to produce something entirely unique, a piece of theatre that is unlike anything I have seen so far in Cambridge. I am very lucky as a director to be able to work with a script that is so natural, so incredibly well written, that simply doing a static dramatic reading on stage would have made for a knock-out show."

We don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but we can’t wait to share this production. There’ll be lads’ mags, paper fortune tellers, a few cans of Fosters, a dog with an unfortunate end, and utterly fantastic performances. This is one you don’t want to miss!"

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