Ahead of Battle of the Exes opening at The Dovehouse Theatre tonight, we caught up with Kathryn Bakewell, the playwright behind this brand new show.
So tell us a little bit about yourself...
I grew up an aspiring musician with a passion for theatre, touring the country with various bands and worked a handful of roles within several Midland theatre companies, from actor to music director.
Over time I expanded my writing initiatives, and my music composing slowly transitioned into script writing. As any artist does, I want to tell stories through my work and entertain an audience, whether that be through music, film or stage. I now consider myself an aspiring playwright, screenwriter, and composer.
I gained a BA(Hons) degree in music composition at Coventry University, and now run my own theatre and production companies, touring theatres across the Midlands and creating original films. It's a tough, hugely competitive industry, and my aim is to support new writers and artists like myself.
When did you first discover your love for play writing?
I took a screenwriting course in university and wrote my first feature at the age of 19. But with my passion for theatre I wanted to exhibit my work live, and created my first theatrical production "The Girl with the Crystal Heart" (a fairytale musical) back in 2010.
How do you aim to make your pieces stand out from other work?
By collaborating all my passions at once. When I write a play, I don't just envision a 2 hour performance! I want to create an experience that expands into short films with original musical content. The 4 month or so build up can be just as gripping as the live production, for the artists as well as the audience. If I write a thriller, I produce a horror movie as a promotional aid. If I write a comedy, I create a live sitcom episode with it's own theme and accompanying advertisements.
Was there a particular theatrical experience that made you realise this was a career you would like to pursue?
Not as such. I could list a million experiences that have influenced my career path. My theatrical experiences date back to my early youth. Alongside my song writing and short plays I wrote for school productions, all I've ever wanted to do is write.
If you could pick one theatre show, what would it be and why?
"Five Women Wearing The Same Dress" by Alan Ball for 3 reasons:
What can people expect from Battle of the Exes?
The experience of a comfy night in front of the TV, whilst out at the theatre.
What would you say to someone who hasn't booked a ticket?
Art is subjective. Guess you can't win them all.
Appearing at The Dovehouse Theatre from 1 to 3 October, tickets for Battle of the Exes are £8 - £10 and can be bought by clicking here or they are available on the door.