How did you get Irvine Welsh to give you the rights to create the show?
We had just had pretty good success with a 5 star sell out run of 'The Hard Man'. We felt we were tackling Scottish work that hadn't been done in a while or indeed ever been done as an immersive piece. We simply pitched our idea of what we wanted to do with the show and why we felt we were the right company to do it. The rest is history.
What other projects would you like to tackle after this run?
There are so many different projects I'd like to tackle and people keep asking us what we will do next. I like that people are anticipating and suggesting what we could be or should be taking on next. I'll leave that as a surprise.
What’s your favourite scene in the show?
That's a tough one. If we were going for comic value I'...
Airswimming, written by Charlotte Jones, produced by Emma Playfair and Lily Newbury-Freeman brings you a strange, heart-wrenching, yet comic performance. With the use of a dirty bath, wobbly chairs and baby blue drapes, Becky-Dee Trevenen has created a minimalistic set which leads you into a 1920’s asylum. Joshua Gadbsy creates clear, complimentary transitions that really supported this non-linear production. Emma and Lily’s play left me besotted by their characters Porph and Dorph. They lead you individually into a journey of emotions whilst having blossomed a beautiful and uplifting friendship. It’s bizarre to think that if we were still living in the 1800’s how many women would be locked away for simply smoking a cigar. There surely wouldn’t be enough room for us all.
We’ve been making creative babies together over lots of projects for 5 years, but technically we’ve been a ‘company’ for 9 months (can’t believe it took us that long to put our names together… New & Play… duh!)
Why did you choose The Vaults as your venue?
It’s only ever been the Vaults for us. Lily has seen a few productions in the Vaults over the last couple of years, and loved the atmosphere!! When Emma moved over, we loved how much scope there is for creative possibilities. This has been one of those projects where our “DREAM SHOW” was drunkenly sketched on a napkin one night, and 6 months later has turned into a reality – the Vaults was at the to...