Guy Jones introduces Love and Money by Dennis Kelly, and talks about his experience directing this upcoming show running 17 – 21 May 2022.
What drew you to directing this play?
What can you tell us about the playwright, Dennis Kelly?
Dennis Kelly is an award-winning writer with a TONY for the script for the musical Matilda, as well as being known for such plays such as Osama The Hero and After The End, and TV comedies and dramas such as BBC Three’s Pulling and Ch4’s Utopia. Most recently, he won the 2022 BAFTA for Best Single Drama for the lockdown two-hander Together, starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan.
How does the play explore the themes of love and money?
The play is basically an examination of how love can be stretched to breaking point by materialism and is ultimately a very contemporary depiction of the tension between the rational, material, cold and often cruel ‘real world,’ and our innate human desire for emotional connection and warmth. We explore the themes through the trials and trauma of married couple, Jess and David and their struggles with spending and debt, but also through Jess’s parents, David’s ex-girlfriend and prospective employer, not to mention a very low profile ‘agent’ and his prospective client, Debbie.
What’s been the most challenging element of directing this show?
The last (I hope) throes of Covid disrupted rehearsals somewhat toward the beginning of our time and the cast had various other life challenges and events in their calendars, so we were only three weeks from performance when all six actors finally got in the same room at once. However, the play taking the form of seven fairly separate vignette scenes meant that this wasn’t really a problem and with a production in the round, we didn’t have a set to worry about, so it’s been almost too easy at times.