What do you do if you want to put on a show but haven’t a clue where to start? Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence, working with with Improbable and Royal Court Theatre, came up with Still No Idea, which will tour this autumn.
Back in 2010 best mates Lisa and Rachael went out onto the streets and asked the public what story should they tell? What characters should they play?
When they saw Lisa in a wheelchair and Rachael not, what the public said was funny, jaw-dropping and ultimately heartbreaking.
So they made a show about it. It was called No Idea, and it toured the UK before heading to the Young Vic in London and going to Syria and Egypt with the British Council.
Now people say the world has changed and things are looking up. There are more disabled people in the mainstream media, Lisa landed a big part on TV, disabled mates are getting regular auditions – happy days.
So what kind of exciting stories are the TV professionals dreaming up for them?
Still No Idea is the whole story (so far): the British public, the professional writers, the TV execs. Part verbatim theatre, part improv, part comedy sketch show, this is a raucous and mischievous exposé of good intentions gone bad and how sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still have absolutely no idea.
Lisa and Rachael’s other recent work together includes the Channel4 TV comedy Lowdown, co-written with Lee Simpson and Old Street/New Street a verbatim theatre project with Shoreditch Town Hall.
22 September – artsdepot, North Finchley, London 24 & 25 September – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 3 Oct – The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees 4 – 6 Oct – Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 16 & 17 October – Exeter Library (TBC) 19 & 20 October – Dartington Arts 23 – 27 October – Birmingham Rep 31 October – 17 November – Royal Court Theatre, London.