14/48 Interview with… Kirsty Mealing!

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Kirsty shows us how to eat a Greggsnut while still looking flawlessly fit.

Have you been involved in 14/48 before?
I have! I have been an actor twice and designee twice and now I’m a writer person.

What are you doing for this 14/48 festival?

What’s your experience been like so far?
(Through a mouthful of delicious, delicious Greggsnut) AWESOME. I’ve not had enough sleep and I think it’s probably been my most exciting 14/48 experience thus far in my 14/48 career. What’s great about it this time around is that when I was an actor it was solid hours of being stressed. Being a writer is similar but because it’s all written down, it’s safe and I know I won’t forget my lines because someone else has to do it. Then I hand it in and get excited because I get a director and then I get excited about the actors.

Give us a little snippet of what your play is about.
Oh god. Um. Tor…ture…? I think? (Nervous laughter) I looked into something called the Genovese Syndrome, which is also called the Bystander Effect. It’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a while since A Level and now I’ve found a way of doing it. It’s like… torture and… that… yeah…

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about getting involved next time?
DO IT. Um. Ugh, I just got to the caramel bit… (Of the Greggsnut) Alison (Dunne), who’s currently directing, is a writer extraordinaire and her advice was to write ageless and genderless characters. Giving yourself very open rules is very useful because you don’t know what your actors are going to look like or what their style is. I’ve just been writing things that amuse me and I think very visually, so don’t be worried about writing something in that might seem unachievable. Yesterday I had a monster made out of pooh. The design team can handle it so yeah. Essentially, more pooh monsters!

Would you rather talk like Jar Jar Binks OR look like Jar Jar Binks?
I kind of apply to both. (That’s a lie) I think talk. I’m not that not far off (also another lie) and I still get to keep the curly hair. That’s good enough for me.

If you had to describe your 14/48 experience so far in no more than three words, what would it be?
Confidence building.

And finally, ladies and gentlemen, introducing Kirsty’s co-star…

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