Q&A with Alastair Kingon

We chatted to Alastair Kingon about writing his new play, Caught Dead, which runs at the Galloway Theatre from 12 to 14 January. He costars with Michaela O’Toole in the dark comedy.

Q1: Tell us a bit about your play, Caught Dead.

Two personalities clash in this dark comedy about a Clive, weakened husband, a relentless and controlling wife, Susan, and a lack of tea. Trying to regain control of his own life, Clive makes a pretty bad decision, one that Susan will not let go all too easily. The two try to make it work but in the end, it looks like someone will be caught dead.

Q2: What inspired you to write this play?

I had this idea in my mind of writing a fun play with some gritty topics meshed into it. I wasn’t so much inspired, rather I had this plot device in my mind and I just had to write it down and it subsequently became a full length play.

Q3: How do you approach a comedy compared to a drama?

I would say comedy allows more room for play when writing. With a comedy, when you are writing you can easily take silly situations that pop into your mind and work them into your story and it becomes believable and useful (such as the lack of tea in Caught Dead), whereas you can’t really do this with a drama without turning it into a dark comedy at least. Luckily I never set out to write Caught Dead as either one or the other. It is a dark comedy so I am able to stay serious and dramatic at certain parts and in others it can be funny and witty.

Q4: Who would enjoy this play?

People who like the sombre creepiness of period pieces but also wouldn’t mind a laugh or a giggle here and there when Susan or Clive live their lives in front of them. An older audience with a dry and witty sense of humour. People who enjoy the animated series Archer or even, dare I say it, the great Monty Python.

To book tickets to see Alastair’s work, click here.

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