Harlow Theatre Company: Interview with Carly Godfrey-Bridger

Lifestyle / Fri 20th Feb 2015 at 03:00pm

The Harlow Theatre Company’s next show ‘Thieves Like Us’ is coming to Victoria Hall Theatre next Wednesday and running until Saturday.

It’s a new piece written by local playwright Carly Godfrey-Bridger.

YH asked HTC to tell us a little bit more about Carly.

Carly said:

“Primarily an actor, I studied drama at the City Lit in London and Melbourne Acting School, Australia. While in Melbourne I landed a big role in Richard III with a ‘Theatre In Education’ company. After that I continued auditioning and I managed to get a part in a short film, but that was it for ages.

Frustrated, I thought why not write a part you would like to do and see if you can collaborate with others. Then a brilliant opportunity came up. An event called ‘The Screen Collective’ was a chance to submit a short film which could be shot in one night. I entered a short called ‘Tainted Thoughts and Red Streaked Arms’ which was about two heroin addicts. Two weeks later the organiser wrote back to me saying “oh my god, everyone wants to do your film!” This is how my love of writing started.

Back in the UK I entered a prestigious screenplay writing competition held byThe London Screenwriters. My short ‘A Love Unrivalled’ was long listed from 2000 down to 500. Unfortunately it did not make the final cut, but I remain proud considering it was the first worldwide competition I had entered.

The start of ‘Thieves like Us’

Through encouragement from Jim Thompson, I submitted a one act play to Harlow Theatre Company, but he completely surprised me by saying they wanted me to expand it. Writing a full length play has been a huge challenge, but I have been fully supported by Harlow Theatre Company specifically Bernard Moule.

Inspiration for the play

I have never really been one for conventional love stories. I have drawn a lot of inspiration from characters like Dexter, Martin Blank (Grosse Point Blank) and Leon. I am also a huge fan of Martin McDonagh’s ‘In Bruges’, Harold Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’ and Joe Orton’s ‘The Ruffian on the Stair’.

“These influences added to a desire to write a strong female lead and I have ended up with ‘Thieves like Us’. The love story of two villains! Underneath which lies the question – nature or nurture? What is it that makes us who we are? Our experiences? Or something we are born with? As Martin Blank says – “I wasn’t raised in a loving environment. But that’s not an excuse. It’s a reason”.

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