With ‘Lobes’ going up on the 13th, 14th and 15th of March, so in just over a week. We had a quick chat to the organisation powerhouse that is BoxedIn’s executive producer Emily Hepher to discuss how she’s managed to bring this ambitious project together.
So you’ve worked as part of BoxedIn before on our production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, what do you enjoy most about being part of the team?
It’s such a great team to be a part of, and I love working together with such a lovely group of people. What I find the most inspiring is that every member of the BoxedIn team is dedicated to creating ambitious projects, and to pushing boundaries of what people think theatre is and can be. We have a small team of truly passionate people, and they have put their hearts and souls into making this show, and every show we produce, a reality.
You mentioned that we like to push the boundaries, how is this project different to ones you have worked on before?
As ‘Lobes’ is being performed in the medical school building, the space in which we’re working is definitely unique compared to other projects I’ve worked on. This also means that we’re trying to attract a more diverse audience, as performing in the medical building means we’re bringing theatre to a place where people would not normally experience it. This has been a challenge, but at the same time it’s also been very exciting!
So what would you say has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced while working on ‘Lobes’?
Our biggest challenge was trying to find and secure a space that matched our vision. Because site-specific theatre is an integral part of BoxedIn’s ethos, we couldn’t just perform ‘Lobes’ in a normal theatre setting. We finally decided on the medical building, and we are so happy that we ended up getting exactly the environment we wanted.
On the flip side, what has been your favourite thing about working on ‘Lobes’?
My favourite thing about ‘Lobes’ has been bringing a fantastic piece of student writing to life, and seeing Henry’s work flourish. There are so many talented writers, directors, and actors in St Andrews, and so the team behind ‘Lobes’ is no exception. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Why should people come and see this play?
Simply because ‘Lobes’ is such a unique and brilliant piece of theatre. This play tackles fascinating ideas about memory and reality, and I think the way it paints the relationship between our two characters is something really special.
Finally, if you could give us three words to describe ‘Lobes’ what would they be?
Lobes: lost in translation.
Thank you to Emily for taking the time out to answer our questions. We are very grateful for all her hardworking during this process, and are sure that it will all pay off in a very successful production! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make sure you stay up-to-date with the rehearsal process, and head over to fixr to get your tickets now.