Nir Paldi, co-director of Theatre Ad Infinitum, tells us more about the new play they are currently developing, Bucket List.
What was the inspiration behind Bucket List?
The inspiration for Bucket List came from an idea my longtime collaborator, Vicky Araico Casas shared with me. She told me a story about Milagros, an orphan from the poorest neighborhood in Mexico City and her fight against destiny. In Vicky’s idea, Milagros was a boxer and was fighting her way to the top of the game. As Milagros was about to become a national champion she’s diagnosed with a terminal cancer. She then decides to take revenge and write a murderous bucket list including the names of all those she holds responsible for the circumstances of her life. She wants to kill them before she dies.
I was taken by the idea and saw great potential to explore many political themes I’m interested in such as social mobility, neocolonialism, violent and non-violent resistance and how to generate social change. So I decided to take the idea on and develop it. In Bucket List Milagros is now a chess champion rather than a boxer but her fighting spirit is very much there.
How important are your work-in-progress performances to the creation of the production?
Work-in-progress performances are extremely important for our theatre making process. Because we make theatre through a devising process where everything is created organically in the rehearsal studio, having periodic audience feedback is what drives the creation forward. It lets you know as a maker how what you created comes across and also what might people want more or less of. It brings people into the process and floods the room with ideas. The work gets richer with many brains involved.
What do you hope audiences will take away from the production?
As with all our productions, I hope people will feel and think about the themes raised in the story we tell. I always love seeing audiences having a debate after seeing our work. I think the story of Milagros is a complex story and I hope it’ll provoke many different reactions and bring about debate.
A work-in-progress sharing of Bucket List will be performed in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse on Friday 18 March 2016 as part of Theatre Fest West. For tickets or more information please visit the show page or contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333.