Artistic Director of Little Lion Theatre Company Kay Brattan talks about their inaugural scratch festival showcasing Canadian theatre talent at the Drayton Arms Pub Theatre
A crucial time period for the formation of new ideas, lockdown has seen with it many new creations – the importance of creating platforms for fellow creatives an important one that was already part of our theatrical tradition, but appreciated that much more post lockdown, with exciting work produced by emerging theatre talent. Having become the Little Lion Theatre Company’s Artistic Director during lockdown, Kay Brattan was inspired to curate the company’s very first scratch event showcasing the work of Canada based talent. Paired up with UK based creatives, the scratch event will showcase 15 new works at the early stages of development at the Drayton Arms Pub Theatre. Ahead of the event, Kay tells us more about what to expect!
Hi Kay, you’re the artistic director of the Little Lion Theatre Company who’ll be hosting their first ever scratch series on the 14th and 15th Nov at the Drayton Arms Theatre. How are you feeling ahead of the event?
Hi Lucy! Thanks so much for talking to me about Stories From Home! In all honesty, I am so excited for this project. It’s just been the most amazing experience seeing artists here in London collaborate with the writers back in Canada. When we initially put the call out for play submissions in the summer, I had no idea it was going to get this big! We had such a great response from playwrights from all over Canada, that it was almost overwhelming, in a good way. It blew my mind to read the immense pool of talent and creativity from all the artists who submitted (if I could have, I would have taken them all). And then to have the creatives here in London respond to this project and these pieces with so much enthusiasm and love- I’m just over the moon. Not that we haven’t had our obstacles-it has been something else trying to cast, rehearse and programme 15 different pieces of theatre- but it has been so satisfying at the same time. I think we have an incredible programme to share with everyone and I’m really excited to see what kind of doors this project opens in terms of creative collaborations between storytellers here and storytellers back home.
Shows will take place over 2 days, 5 shows shown per performance slot – the matinee and evening of 14th Nov and evening of 15th Nov. How have you approached curating the line up?
What does it mean to be able to create this important platform of international collaboration?
What have you learned/taken away from curating the festival?
Producing is hard work and I have so much respect for those who have had the calling to do it as a career! I think the biggest takeaway from this experience for me is how important it is to have a strong team in your corner. I’m so lucky to have found a great group of artists to work with who I trust, and who have given me trust in return. There’s a reason we call it a community. It takes one to create and make the things we do. After what’s happened to us over the course of the pandemic, to be able to come together and make something with this group has been exhilarating and makes me so hopeful for what is to come. The generosity and creativity that all the artists in this project (both here and across the pond) have brought to this process is proof that regardless of what is thrown at us, we will always find ways to tell stories.
What would you like for audiences to take away from the event?