Why did you decide to put on this show?
Ashton: We weren’t content with sitting around waiting for theatre opportunities to come to us…get it? In all seriousness this is what we love doing. Acting. Writing. Directing…and…producing? The idea came to Kat because the phrase which is the name of the show is written on a picture on the wall of our house. Secretly I think she loves streetfighter.
Kat: We also know a ridiculous number of talented people – playwrights, directors, actors, stage managers, lighting designers…the list goes on. We thought that an evening of short plays was the best way to showcase as many of them as possible in one go – and a great way to launch our theatre company I’m Not Content Productions. I’m also going to have to admit I’ve never played streetfighter. I’m really sorry to disappoint you.
Any favourite rehearsal moments?
Ashton: We rehearse one of the pieces in our living room. It is a very heavy, serious script which deals with some pretty dark issues. However it is hard to take it too seriously when our three cats are sitting in the middle of the acting space meowing for food and attention. Bless. We aren’t crazy cat people. Honest.
Have you ever been in a fight?
Ashton: Does verbal sparring count? I was on the debate team at school. That’s about it. I’ve been punched in the face a few times. It’s not really my cup of tea. I prefer to solve fights with words. Or running.
Kat: A boy once headbutted me in primary school. I cried and told the teacher. I probably went home and wrote a poem about it later. I’m not sure if I’ve ever met an aggressive actor…
What’s your favourite street?
Ashton: Evergreen Terrace. For those who don’t know where that is, shame on you. It’s in Springfield. It’s a hell of a town.
Kat: I don’t really know how to argue with that answer. All other options would seem invalid.
Are you in love?
Ashton: Yes, but don’t tell Kat. I think she is under the illusion our relationship is entirely professional.
Kat: I don’t think the question was intended to actually ask if it was with each other – but yes. But don’t let that (and the fact that our show opens on Valentines day) fool you into a false sense of security – you’re not in for a rom-com.
Why will people love ‘Love Is A Street Fight’?
Ashton: Because it is an amazing show with original scripts, from unique writers, with passionate actors and fantastic directors. The concept ‘Love is a Street Fight’ has been interpreted in so many different ways. It isn’t cheesy nor cliché. It’s one hell of a street fight really.
Kat: Our writers really have taken some interesting interpretations of the idea – each piece is so different and each of them raises some really pertinent questions about love and life. The beauty of short theatre also means that there’s always bound to be a play that you love in there.