The Hunted; In Rehearsal, A Catch Up with Kirsty Stewart

21 09 2011

“Most teenagers have problems with friends”                                                                                                                                      Talented and charming actress Kirsty Stewart sat down  with a few of us drama geeks to talk about her role as “the girl” in Visible Fictions’ upcoming show “The Hunted”.

Described as “an orphan and a bit of a loner” who “finds it difficult to trust”, the character of “the girl” will be identifiable by most young people in the audience. Essentially this “girl” (for lack of an official name) sets out to be a personification of the politics of being a young adult.

So what exactly are the parallels between a young girl from a time long, long ago and the modern-day teenager?

“She is being told what to do by her society” says Stewart. Something we could all relate to at one point in our lives.

“Why do you listen to that god-awful music?” “Don’t you think that outfit is a bit… risqué?” “Get off the computer and get a job!” “You need to start thinking about your future…” “Why can’t you study something with better job stability?”

We have, literally all been there before. This time is no different. A girl craving to explore the world around her, to stray from the path and merely follow her heart, whatever the outcome. But no. Some adult, in this case “the elder” of the village who takes care of her, will always be there to tell her what she should do with her future. She will not be a hunter as she wishes; it is not a profession for a girl, for a child. And so she will follow “the hunter” into the woods as a means of escaping society’s expectations. Teenage Rebellion 101.

When asked about her own adolescence, Stewart opened up about the expectations put on her to follow a more mainstream career path.

“You were a black sheep if you were anything but normal.”

And yet, even under the pressure to be something “normal”, and a lack of artistic opportunities in her town, as a result, Stewart stepped out and revelled in her desire to be something more than ordinary. She would be part of the creation of something extraordinary.

And so, with less than two weeks to go till curtain up, what has Kirsty Stewart got to tell audiences about “The Hunted”?

“The hunter gives her the opportunity to put down her defenses” creating an interesting dynamic for audiences to watch. “The girl” is brought into the world she always wanted to be a part of. But what will happen when the hunter becomes the hunted?

“The Hunted” will be performed at EPT on Friday 30th September; 1pm and 8pm. Tickets £7/ £5 concession. Tickets for the production are available here or by phoning the Box Office on 0141 577 4970

Audiences are also invited to a live Wolf Hunt in Rouken Glen Park preceding the 8pm showing on the 30th. Click here for more information. 

 

Do your part. Join the Hunt.

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