Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines
I’m directing Plastic Figurines. As an Artistic Director of Box of Tricks, I commissioned and developed the play with Ella as part of our New Tricks programme. Following our successful tour of the play last year, it’s been brilliant to get back into the rehearsal room with the piece and I can’t wait to put it in front of new audiences.
Describe the play in three words?
Lyrical, Heartfelt, Funny
What are you most looking forward to about the London run?
Being part of the London scene again and seeing old friends. We founded Box of Tricks in London ten years ago, relocating to Manchester in 2012, so it’s exciting to have a full-length run in the capital again – our first for seven years! London has played such a big role in my life and was pivotal in forming Box of Tricks so I can’t wait to head back to the Big Smoke.
What was your favourite toy as a child?
Tough question! Like Mikey in the play, I was a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid. I remember my Dad coming back from a trip to America and returning with the latest TMNT figures before they were available here. I was insanely excited.
Why should people come and see Plastic Figurines?
Plastic Figurines is a truthful, beautiful, funny portrayal of life with autism. It will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. What more can you ask for from 70 minutes of theatre?
Plastic Figurines by Ella Carmen Greenhill is in the final 2 weeks of the run at New Diorama Theatre in London until 22 October 2016.