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Botallack O'Clock

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Eddie Elks
March 20, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer/ Director.

What is your show about?
Botallack O Clock is a funny, moving and inspiring journey in to the creative mind of the British artist Roger Hilton CBE.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Theatre that challenges - that is light and dark. Theatre that allows an audience to use their imagination and that stays with you for the following week - well hopefully the following years!

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
This is what we are really looking forward to experiencing! We have yet to perform the show in the US. Our play tells the story of a very British artist, painting in the middle of the night in a cottage perched on the cliffs of west Cornwall. I can't wait to see how a New York audience will respond.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I came across the artist Roger Hilton whilst writing another play called Stalag Happy - based on the artist Sir Terry Frost - Roger and Terry were great mates. Having seen his work and read various biographies I realised the dramatic potential in Roger's story. He really was an incredible artist and a fascinating character, a mix of humour, venom and artistic vision. I met Roger's widow Rose, who granted me permission to write the play. Amazingly in was Roger's centenary year!

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman?
Have to be Philip Seymour Hoffman - what a fantastic actor and director. I would love to see him on stage...