The UK premiere of Magali Mougel’s Suzy Storck, directed by acclaimed French director Jean-Pierre Baro, is currently at the Gate Theatre (playing from 26th October to 18th November 2017). This haunting new play explores themes of female identity and motherhood and broaches the taboo subject of the women who don’t want to be mothers.
The cast includes Kate Duchene (Madam Storck), Caoilfhionn Dunne (Suzy Storck), Jonah Russell (Hans Vasilly Kruez) and Theo Solomon (Chorus).
Theo Solomon plays the part of Chorus. He recently appeared in the Old Vic’s critically acclaimed production of Woyzeck and other theatre credits include The Minotaur, My Father Odysseus (Unicorn Theatre), Karagula (Styx) and Hamlet (UK tour).
Theo answers a few questions about the production:
Q: What were your first impressions on seeing the script of Suzy Storck and what attracted you to be a part of the production?
Theo: What first grabbed me about Suzy Storck was the fact it had a really filmic element to it. The story isn’t linear and constantly cuts between different moments in Suzy Storck’s life. The imagery is also extremely powerful and Chris Campbell has done a great job in translating Magali Mougel’s original text.
Q: What is at the heart of the story?
Theo: The heart of the story lies in Suzy’s inability to say “No” to something she fundamentally disagrees with. It’s a universal issue for many to varying degrees, the compromises we make to please others; regardless of our own well being and the detrimental effects that can have.
Q: Can you tell us about Chorus?
Theo: My character is the narrator for the piece and has a direct relationship to both the narrative on stage and the audience. I constantly jump in and outside of the fourth wall.
Q: Do you have a set routine for getting into a character?
Theo: This is the first production I have done where there isn’t a “character” to play, I am myself, telling the story. The main thing I do is to stay present, relaxed and bring my headspace into the world of the play.
Q: How were rehearsals?
Theo: Rehearsals have been intense but great. It’s incredible how much we’ve managed to do in a relatively short space of time. It’s been interesting having a foreign director too and I’ve even picked up a bit of French!
Q: Why should everyone get along to see Suzy Storck?
Theo: If you’re into film, you’ll love the style of this production, the hidden clues, change of styles and the finish you won’t see coming. It also deals with important issues such as the roles men and women in relationships, family life, work and if we enjoy what we do or if we simply have fallen into it.
Heavy heat. Just before the storm. An evening when the setting sun never actually sets.
Another unbearably hot evening, 8.54pm. Suzy Storck sits by the window, waiting for her husband to come home. Upstairs she can hear her children, yelling and clamouring at their bedroom door. She’s locked them in.
Suzy realises for the first time she never chose any of this. She wonders how she ended up here. She imagines what escape might feel like. After tonight, she might never find her way out.
Cast and Creatives
Theo Solomon – Chorus
Jonah Russell – Hans Vasilly Kruez
Caoilfhionn Dunne – Suzy Storck
Kate Duchene – Madam Storck
Adrien Wernert – Sound Designer
Christopher Nairne – Lighting Designer
Cécile Trémolières – Designer
Jean-Pierre Baro – Director
Chris Campbell – Translator
Magali Mougel – Writer
Gate Theatre and Extime Company present
The UK première of
By Magali Mougel
Translated by Chris Campbell
Directed by Jean-Pierre Baro; Designed by Cécile Trémolières;
Lighting Design by Christopher Nairne; Sound Design by Adrian Wernert
26 October – 18 November 2017