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VAULT VIGNETTE: The PlayGround Collective


How would you describe your show (All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever) in one sentence?

I would probably mention that it is about a pop culture junky called Simon Simon whose father has recently died, and he’s drifting through life, until he receives a mysterious box that promises to change his life forever – but what I would probably fail to cram into this sentence in any kind of elegant way is that this is a story within a story and Simon’s world is being manipulated by a talking lightbulb who seeks to manipulate the story to a satisfying conclusion, whatever the cost.

Is this your first visit to the VAULT Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

I’m just looking forward to performing underground. I’m going to pretend the apocalypse has happened and that humankind has been reduced to a pallid mole-like people whose only source of entertainment is to perform stories from “the time before” as our supplies slowly dwindle to nothing. It’ll give the show a sense of urgency.

How has the show developed on the way to the tunnels?

Boy, we’ve been through quite a few versions. The show was once a completely different show that doesn’t resemble the current one in any way shape or form, other than the fact that there was also a mannequin. This particular version of the show has been going for a couple of years now. We’ve had two seasons in New Zealand, a season in New York, and this will be our fourth showing. Every time it’s a little different as the show evolves gradually. We tend to work with the rule that nothing is ever finished, so we’re always looking for ways to make it better.

How have you been preparing for VAULT Festival?

For me in particular, it’s been about trying to get more fit. Fit enough to where I don’t die. In previous seasons I was in no shape to be playing Simon Simon. He is a nerd but things get pretty crazy for him, and I’ve hurt myself more than once. Not to suggest that there are high-flying acrobatics or anything. For someone straight out of drama school it would be a cinch but I am just a genuine nerd. Though honestly I think that’s part of the charm, seeing this weird rat-boy jump through hoops.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

Being from New Zealand would be a start, in addition to the fact that it’s not about Hobbits or sheep. There’s also a pretty high chance it’s the most meta show in the festival.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s VAULT Festival (apart from your own!)?

Unfortunately, because we’re coming from overseas, and towards the end of the fest, we’re missing quite a lot. I’m especially sad to be missing 252AM (After Man). Looks awesome.

If your show was a creature lurking in the depths of a dark tunnel what would it be?

Oh a Rat King definitely. But a telepathic Rat King who’s into Charlie Kaufman.

appears at the VAULT Festival 2 – 6 March 2016

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