If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You is opening this week at the Kings Cross Theatre, director Warwick Doddrell and leads Elijah Williams and Eddie Orton chat with me about what they love about this play and drunken declarations of love.
Joy – In spite of the provocative (and long) title of the play, it has been described as ‘surprisingly traditional’. Do you agree?
Elijah - Surprisingly traditional is exactly what the “cocaine and love” is, holding a mirror up to the brutal reality of love and relationships. The text not only challenges the characters of the play but the audiences experience of society and difficult parameters of being in a relationship which is being pushed to the cusp of breaking.
Eddie – I would say yes and no. The length of it with no scene break ups feels quite non-traditional. I think the relationship it presents is different and unlike something most audiences will have seen. But yes, it does have some traditional ideas, but I think it does it in a totally unique way through totally unique characters.
Warwick – As long as “traditional” doesn’t mean slow or boring or anything like that! Yes, I think the play is beautifully written and uses well established playwrighting and storytelling forms to bring a new perspective to the stage. The content, the story and the characters are perhaps untraditional, wrapped in the beauty of amazing writing.
Joy – Making great claims of love and passion while drunk or high is common, and let’s face it: love itself is a great dopamine hit – have you all had experience of this?
Elijah – I don’t think I have made claims of love whilst drunk, because most of the time it has happened out of those instances. in the sense that I have known I liked someone and we express our feelings outside those confinements. However very similar to the characters it’s an issue that they are not very comfortable about and find difficult to confront because they are scared about the impacts and ramifications of it.
Eddie - I certainly have that experience yes. Sometimes you wake up the next
day and feel great about it and sometimes not.
Warwick – I‘m one of those really boring people who doesn’t really have any wild or outrageous stories here. Instead of making claims of love I would call people rays of sunshine and stroke their arms far too vigorously.
Joy – What was it about this play that spoke to you and made you take it on?
Elijah – The harsh reality of identifying as different in a very complex world.
Eddie – Firstly as an actor it’s a great challenge. Two people for 75 minutes. It’s hard to ignore that kind of challenge. It’s both terrifying and exciting. In regards to what spoke to me, the complicated nature of love and how we express our love is really interesting. For Mikey, the character I play, it comes in tenderness, violence and brutality and also jokes. The play looks at a romantic relationship and the complications that come with that in a realistic way.
Warwick - I’m excited by plays that are able to capture contemporary language. What I particularly love about the play is the depth of the world, many issues are being raised and discussed in the piece but they are all so tightly woven together to create a terrifyingly real portrayal of feeling trapped.
Joy – What is next for each of you?
Elijah – I want to continue unearthing and shearing rich stories and bringing characters to life in both stage and film.
Eddie – At the moment I don’t know, just focusing on this at the moment.
Warwick – Time off to read.
Thanks to Elijah, Eddie and Warwick and chookas to the guys for opening night this week. If We Got Some More Cocaine… is on from 8 Feb – 23 Feb, for more information and tickets see: http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/cocaine