Unifaun Theatre’s production of Martin Crimp’s contemporary classic, Attempts On Her Life, will see the assemblage of an arresting group of actors interpret a text that explores the persona of Annie. Larissa Bonaci gives us an insight on the process of working on such a momentous piece of theatre that will be performed at St James Cavalier on the 30th and 31st October, and the 1st, 5th – 8th and 12th – 14th November.
How does Martin Crimp’s Attempts On Her Life speak to us?
The play deals with a number of themes that are bold and innovative, which sheds light on issues around the globe. Crimp, in my opinion, manages to portray human relationships and their quest of understanding the world in a series of scenes. Each scene portrays its own story and brings forth a theme which eventually ties together at the end… It’s a play like no other and I do believe that this sort of theatre is quite an experience for both the actor and the audience.
The script is very much a blank canvas when practitioners approach it. What were your first impressions as an actor when reading it?
Honestly, I had to read the script quite a few times as I feel it leaves a lot to the imagination and it is bursting at the seams with serious undertones and current affairs. I was rather excited to begin the rehearsal process and bring the script to life. However our team work, under Dave and Sandra’s direction, has been solid and dynamic, resulting in a vision which I could never fathom.
You’re working with acclaimed director Dave Barton and choreographer Sandra Mifsud. How has the creative process been so far?
The process has been a collaborative effort and we as actors were given the freedom to play and explore, hence allowing us to take ownership of the piece. This, combined with Barton’s vision along with Sandra’s ability to facilitate the physical embodiment of text, has created a unique and powerful performance.
You’re also working alongside quite a large group of young yet experienced performers. What has this brought to the drawing board?
It’s been a humbling experience to work with such a talented group of versatile actors. It’s helped me recognise the value of team dynamic and the principles of Greek ensemble work. I appreciate the notion of shared leadership and I am impressed by how close knit the cast has become.
In what ways is this production relevant to the Maltese context?
The piece resonates strongly with what is currently happening in Europe today. It offers a window into what life in the 21st century has become, notwithstanding that this was written in the 90s. As Malta is now a global village, the piece speaks to everyone in a plethora of ways. In other words, there’s something in it for everyone!