Interview with Lawrence Stanley from Cia Ignífuga ahead of their Bell Square, Hounslow performance
A House Is Not A Home by Cia Ignífuga | Bell Square, Hounslow | 23 September | 7:30pm & 9:15pm | FREE
(headphones will be allocated on a first come first served basis)
We caught up with performer Lawrence Stanley ahead of theatre Cia Ignífuga’s outdoor performance ‘A House is Not a Home’ at Bell Square in Hounslow. The show transforms the audience into voyeurs discovering the tangled web of the residents’ lives.
Tell us about ‘A House is Not A Home’. What can we expect to experience?
The performance is a modern take on Maeterlink’s “interior” and has a very contemporary staging. Listening to the text through headphones and watching some beautiful choreography that will be going on inside the transparent family home we’ve set up, you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy the experience of being a voyeur to a family’s life and impending turmoil. It’s a unique way to approach street theatre, but all the same it’s gonna be chilly, so bring a jacket!
Does the local area of Hounslow resonate with you at all or are you new to West London?
We’re excited to explore the area. It’s the first time Ignífuga have performed in London and a great opportunity to learn about the local community. Setting ourselves up in the centre of Hounslow we’re hoping to be in the middle of everything the area has to offer.
What makes it important that this show takes place outside the traditional theatre space?
This text places the audience slapbang in middle of the action, making them take on the role of on-lookers to an oncoming tragedy. Therefore, it’s great to have the audience surrounding the house, in the role of spectators, listening to the moral dilemmas of our protagonists and sharing their struggles. We hope that by sharing the same space as our protagonists, the audience will also take on these dilemmas as their own.
Who or what inspires you to make shows?
Whenever we see other people’s work we are always inspired towards our next creation. That’s why we are so grateful to be part of such a creative community and have the chance to explore a new one here in London
What are your favourite London haunts?
The museums here in London are excellent and its always joy to spend an afternoon in the Tate Modern. Likewise the contemporary theatre scene here is terrific and we’re big fans of Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen.