Photos & podcast: Post-show Q&A at Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s)

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I first – and last – saw Neil LaBute‘s Some Girl(s) in its world premiere in the West End in 2005, in a production that starred Friends‘ David Schwimmer along with “girls” including Catherine Tate and Lesley Manville. In this first major London revival, Charles Dorfman takes on the pivotal role of a writer (never addressed by name and simply listed in the programme as Guy) who, pre-nuptials, revisits four ex-lovers, played by Elly Condron, Roxanne Pallett, Carolyn Backhouse and Carley Stenson.

Gary Condes‘ new production for Buckland Theatre impressed me more than the premiere did 11 years ago: I didn’t recall LaBute’s journey through the ghosts-of-girlfriends-past being quite so funny nor so touching. I think that’s due more to Condes’ direction, his five-strong company’s feisty performances and the intimacy of this studio presentation as than to LaBute’s writing alone.

And what of LaBute’s writing? While pre-Some Girl(s), the company were all LaBute virgins, there were plenty of LaBute “sluts” in the audience (and following on Twitter) who posed age-old questions about the American dramatist’s perceived misogyny and fixation with screwed-up and selfish men. Gary himself admitted he hesitated at the prospect of reviving the play with such a “prize cock” as the lead character.

You can find out why he talked himself into seizing the challenge, what each of the actresses love and loathe about the women they play, what happens when onstage slaps go wrong, the importance of off-stage characters, how airfares may have affected the story’s chronology and why accents matter… amongst many other hot topics in a deliciously cool (air-conditioned theatre) by having a listen to the unedited podcast below. Also: what next for the newly formed Buckland Theatre company? (Quick answer: another play, Murray Schisgal’s Luv, in December at the Park.)

Also below is an interval video with myself and director Gary Condes (who gives me three words on Neil LaBute… sort of), live-tweeting of the Q&A from @BucklandTheatre, plus Q&A photos by Peter Jones and production shots by Claire Bilyard.

Some Girl(s) continues at the Park Theatre until 6 August.

Interval video

Interval tweet at @BucklandTheatre #SomeGirls @parktheatre ahead of tonight’s q&a. Here’s director @GaryCondes pic.twitter.com/sgRxtGG4kk

— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) July 21, 2016

Podcast

Q&A photos
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Show photos
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Live-tweeting

Some Girl(s) Q&A – Curated tweets by MyTheatreMates

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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