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Many Moons : An Interview with Jason Salmon

First-time director Jason Salmon talks about directing Alice Birch’s challenging and affecting Many Moons.

EllisThis isn’t a very well-known play – what made you decide to direct it?

I chose this play because of the way it’s written and how I felt after reading it. The content is very challenging, yet because of how each character is developed and deals with it, I was hooked until the end. Each of the characters is very real and very honest, and despite what happens I was still rooting for them and really felt for them. I thought that was real testament to the quality of the piece, and wanted to share that with a new audience.

What’s it about?

It’s about four seemingly ordinary people struggling with the problems that we all face – love, loss, loneliness, fitting in. Each one of them is telling their very personal account of the events of one July day in Stoke Newington that will ultimately change them all. As the play moves along, you get a window into the heart of each character and see them change.

What do you think the audience might take from the play?

BarryI hope the audience will leave feeling the way I did when I read it; that they will empathise with these people, believe in them and leave feeling that things and people aren’t always what they seem.

It’s a challenging piece which is often funny with some absolutely beautiful moments – I won’t go any further than that as I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll have to come along and watch to find out the rest!

What have you found to be the biggest challenge in directing it?

RebeccaAs the play is all delivered through monologues with very little action, the most challenging part has been making sure the audience remain engaged and the emotions and personality of each of the characters shine through.

It means that the cast have had to work hard – spending several hours working on the same bits over and over to really get to the root of the text and the characters – to deliver honest touching performances.

They have certainly achieved this, and I’m hugely grateful for all their efforts.

Who’s in the cast?

We have an excellent mix of seasoned SLT performers and new members:

Meg – Catherine Ellis Raku-Evans
Ollie – Ed Cherrie
Juniper – Rebecca Crow
Robert – Barry Heselden

Many Moons runs from 24-28 May at 8pm in the Upper Hall at Stanley Halls