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Sarah Gonnet and her play ‘The Last Experiment (no.14)’

Now it’s time for me to interview myself. Ironically talking to myself actually fits in quite well with my play.


Tell me a bit about your play

‘The Last Experiment (14)’ is a play about the human struggle for survival. Robert knows he is going to die. It is the world’s last bitter joke to play on him, that before he dies he must watch a battle between four professionals who want to live forever. The professionals are driven by a need to have prosperity. They get inside Robert’s diseased head and battle to find the ‘Perfect Person’. Robert watches them fight; trying to decide if they are hallucinations or angels taunting him with the possibility of answering the question of reality. Whatever they are they promise Robert that the ‘Perfect Person’ wouldn’t be dead. But are they right?

Where did you get the idea?

Basically I read too much. I missed a lot of high school due to a chronic illness and I decided to educate myself by reading. I wrote an article on this for The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/28/could-you-be-an-autodidact) I try to learn about as many things as possible, because for me art and science are not opposites- they’re just different ways at look at the same mysteries.

Why should people come and see it?

It’s an intriguing play that also embraces humour (fingers crossed).

Is it the first play you have written? Could you tell me a bit about what you have written before?

Currently I’m developing two full length plays. One is called ‘Flat Space’ and is about revolving door psychiatric patients. The other is called ‘Compulsion’, it is a multi-media, one man show exploring the concept of Outsider Artists on a personal and individual basis.

Have you ever written in another style (e.g. novel, short story), could you tell me a bit about that as well?

I am working on a trilogy of fantasy children’s novels and a pamphlet of poetry. I also do a lot of work as a journalist, mostly about non-mainstream art and culture.

Does your play relate to your life in any way?

Unfortunately yes- I have a lot of experience with hallucinations. I’m not ashamed of my mental illness; it often fuels my creativity and adds depth to my writing.

What are your ambitions with playwriting?#

I would love to have a full-length play produced. If I ever get to that point then I’ll consider what to do after that.

What is more important for you- character or plot?

I can’t choose! Plot is vital to storytelling, but then a good sense of character brings intrigue and a firm root to the plot.

Is there anything else you would like to tell me?

Please take a look at the reviews on this website; they are mostly about local, outsider or independent art. I also write two columns one for Luna Luna (http://lunalunamag.com/2014/02/24/brontefantasyworld/) and one for The Bubble (http://www.thebubble.org.uk/columns/sarah-gonnet/).
And of course please do come along to see my play, and the others that will be put on over the next few weeks. Follow this blog and these Facebook pages to keep up to date with the details.

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