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Interview with NSDF 2013 Directors Guild Award winner Breman Rajkumar
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Breman is the recipient of this year's Directors Guild Award for Best New Director at the National Student Drama Festival 2013 for his new comedy The Babysitter. The play, by emerging theatre collective InDepth, centres around a family with a young child suffering from epilepsy.


THE BABYSITTER: Sara and Jay are trying to find the right babysitter for Ri, their unique young daughter. They've invited their favourite applicant, Aaron, to look after little Ri while they go out, as a kind of trial run. It all seems to going perfectly for everyone; Aaron's a shoe-in for the job. That is, until Nikki comes downstairs...

 Breman Rajkumar    


                         


"The best acting, directing, writing I've seen in the competition this year"   
Alexandra Spencer-Jones | Artistic Director of Action To The Word

"The writer-director, Breman Rajkumar, uses laughter to light up the dark corners of contemporary life. He takes risks that make you hoot with delight and hide your eyes. It is the same seduction as "Rooster" Byron's. Attracted yet repelled, we must confront our demons."
Robert Hewison | Chair of the NSDF Judging Panel, in his article in the Sunday Times

DG: Can you tell us more about the play?

BR: The Babysitter is an outrageous new family comedy with a lot of laughs and a big heart. The play is the second production by InDepth, an emerging theatre collective, comprising of past and present students of Warwick University.

The play was first performed in the 20-seater Writers Room in Milburn House on Warwick campus in January and was then selected to be performed at the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough in March, where it was performed at the 100-seater Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The play centres around a family, who have a young child, who suffers from epilepsy. The play looks at the way the family deals with this on one night when Aaron, the new, potential babysitter, is round to look after Ri. The play shows the different approaches and attitudes that people have towards epilepsy and indeed to those whom they love. Aside from this is the eldest daughter's, Nikki's, fight for independence as she vacillates on the brink of adulthood.

The play, rather than offering a polemic on the issues it explores, simply seeks to display the journeys of the characters, themselves. In this way, both the comedy and the more emotional parts of the play have an emotive effect on audience members. The play also explores the issues from the perspective of the child, the young adults and the parents and therefore audience members from all generations were able to connect with the issues explored.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE!


Each year a winner of the Directors Guild Award for Best New Director at the NSDF receives 12 months complimentary Associate Membership of the Directors Guild Trust.

May 2013
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