Arthur Savile's Crime / by Esaf Commitee

Triple B Productions

Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

If you had to kill someone, would you do it and do you have to?

What are you showcasing at ESAF this year?

Well I am showcasing a play we put on back in November. It’s called Arthur Savile’s Crimes and it's based on Oscar Wilde’s short story. I read it over the summer its very funny and it really struck because it was written in the 1800s but it's hilarious and really, really dark. You don't get many dark comedies, you know? I’m a really big fan, not necessarily of dark comedies, but comedies with a bit of an edge. The book is about a guy in London who met a chiromancy, who reads people's palms and the future, at this party. The chiromancy predicts murder in his future so in the book he goes about trying to figure out what people he can murder. It's all very funny and you can read it as some kind of play on his psyc. So I thought I have this play, sort of, and I wrote it up a little bit more. I stripped a lot of the complicated stuff away. It’s really simple, it’s only half an hour long. I set it in Edinburgh University with more modern references and so on and so forth. 

What themes do you pursue?

That is the main theme how much reality is real and how much fantasy is fake. I think it's funny to play with how people would react. It's funny, I’m not sure why but for some reason I have a kind of different way I look at theatre. It's kind of about having fun, if anything. It kind of evolved around what would happen in real life.

What's your favourite part of the whole creative process?

It was so interesting because I have only directed one thing before but I have never really written and directed a feature. The whole thing was really new, striking and exciting to me. It was interesting working with people and I think working on a team that each had a role and our involvement. I’ve done a lot of school productions, only acting, that I really loved and we were on a team but the directors and so on were teachers. You listen to them and it was great but really being in the team that makes it happen is great. I like this thing I got and turning this book into an actual play and like sitting there in auditions and being like “woah” complete strangers are reading things back to me that I wrote was surreal. It was a really lovely thing to be a part of it. There was a script but we made sure what the actors said made sense and we build it off people's performances.