There’s nothing quite like the comical irony in being five days out from bumping in a show called Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Be Stressed About Anything Ever Again. Ever and then having to explain to a team of (rightly) very stressed twenty-somethings that we would not be performing to a packed opening night audience in less than a week.
Instead, we would effectively be going into lockdown and pulling the plug until further notice.
That was us, Bite Productions, on a fateful night around a rehearsal room table in March 2020.
The journey of this production has almost been as wild as the show itself. Michael Costi and I (Eve Beck, director) first discussed his new play over a pint in Petersham back in 2019, which then led to the first iteration of the work at TheatreWorks as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival.
After a fly-in, fly-out season we knew that we wanted to share this satirical gem with a bigger audience. We pitched the show to KXT and were offered a two-week season in March 2020; ‘an ideal time for a booming new audience,’ we thought.
We were very wrong.
Now, in May 2021, we are finally going to be able to bring this show to a Sydney audience – which in itself has been perhaps the biggest take away from this whole experience.
Gosh, we are lucky right now! To be working in rooms together; to be packing audiences into theatres small and large; and to be making art in a time where many are still waiting for that moment to come.
COVID was (dare we say) a reflective and at times restorative period for artists to step back and truly consider the ‘why?’ of the work we make. So often we get swept up in the rat-race of foyer conversations (‘So, how many projects are you across at the moment? What are you working on next?’) are circulated many, many times.
Following lockdown and the privileged position we are in now – where we can stand in foyers and sit in venues and enjoy the sharing of stories – the stories we tell feel more urgent and the laughter, joy, discomfort, affirmations and questions they raise have never been more necessary.
– Eve Beck and Madelaine Osborn (producer)
Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Be Stressed About Anything Ever Again. Ever plays Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross Hotel, May 12-22