Following an explosive premiere at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, Alexandra Badea’s The Pulverised arrives in the UK at the Arcola Theatre with a new English translation from 2nd until 27th May 2017. Here’s an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the production, Richard Corgan:
Tell me about The Pulverised and your character?
Firstly, it’s an honor to be playing the first English translation of ‘The Pulverised’ after it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Literature at the National Theatre of Strasbourg. It’s always exciting to be involved in new writing and the rehearsal process involved in tackling new work. The play is huge. It spans continents, gender issues, relationships, exploitation, affluence, capitalism and culture. It’s the most worldly play I’ve ever read for sure. We’ve not started rehearsals yet so I’ve not made many choices for my character but I can say that he is a lonely sole who is balancing providing for his family with a life lived in airports and hotels. He does not always handle this virtuously.
What was your initial impression of the script?
My initial impressions were about how impressively bold it was. It’s a huge story to tell and yet the device used to tell it works really well. It’s hard to answer this question without giving too much away. After my first read the scale of it stayed with me for some time.
Do you feel it will be easy to translate from page to stage?
The play comes off the page really well so the translation has been very well handled. I’m not yet sure what Andy Sava our director has in mind with regards to staging yet (although she did use the term “movement workshops” in a phone call we had so I’m not sure if I should be dusting off the old drama school dance belt). Andy is a very intelligent director so I’m sure whatever she decides will serve the play appropriately and I can’t wait to get started.
Did you have any ideas about what you wanted to bring to the role?
I think my job as always is to bring honesty. He’s a strong man with weakness and that is an interesting duality to play. I guess I just hope I can do the writing justice. It’s such a brilliant team with The Arcola, York Theatre Royal and The Changing Face Collective all involved that at this point I just don’t want to screw it up. In all seriousness though, I have faith that Andy Sava will guide us brilliantly so I’m not too worried.
How does the Arcola lend itself to the piece?
This is my first time at The Arcola as a performer although I’m obviously a fan of the space as a customer. It’s a very versatile space with a lovely cozy feel to it. I have watched many plays here over the years and I’m in no doubt that this play will slot into the space brilliantly. Can’t wait to be in the building and meeting my fellow company members.
What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
It’s an award winning play at The Arcola, I think that’s enough to get anyone to the box office. If not then I’d say It’s a unique opportunity to see such a global story in an intimate environment. The bar is brilliant too, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to come. Hope to see you there.
Thanks to Richard for an insightful interview, wishing you all the best with the run.