INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… . Busking It playwright & performer Danusia Samal

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The playwright spoke to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about Busking It which will play as part of HighTide Walthamstow from the 21 to 23 September 2018. 

Thank you so much for talking to me. Could you tell me a bit more about what Busking it is about
Busking It
is a story inspired by the ten years I spent busking on the London Underground. It’s about what you learn when you stand still and listen to the city. It’s about how lonely London can be but also the hope that lies in human interactions. It’s about making change come – in little ways.

How did the idea for the play come about?
Busking regularly, I met a lot of interesting people and learnt valuable lessons about performing and connection. I started writing these down and performed some of these pieces as sketches. Then back in 2017, while at the RSC, I approached the company and was granted development time to make the piece into a full show. I approached Adam Cross and Joe Archer about writing the music, and director Guy Jones and I worked together to develop a story.

Since then, the four of us have worked our socks off to get the show on at Soho, Pleasance Edinburgh, HighTide festivals and Shoreditch Town Hall. The team has expanded to include a brilliant producer, designer and lighting designer who are all passionate about making a show celebrating the magical ways music brings us together