Lucy Foster's new play Lobster opens this week at Theatre503, here she talks about the play and writing comedy.
Tell us about Lobster - no spoilers please
Lobster opens at a party in January, where a bubbly and bright J is introduced to a hungover K. The only problem being: these two only just broke up a few months before. As J and K run through their relationship we see the love and heartbreak of these two women, who are trying so hard to love each other - and realising that love isn't always enough.
I imagine that writing comedy is no joke - just how challenging is it?
For years I didn't touch comedy as it really scared me. I think when you're sat alone at your laptop it's so hard to know if something is actually funny. It's only been in the last few years that I have started putting humour into my work, and realising - oh, this works! I often find that the funniest lines come straight from real life - in the same way that you'll laugh the hardest with your friends, the best comedy is completely relatable.
What I've found to be the most important thing about writing comedy into my plays is finding the balance between the funny and the dramatic. My favourite plays are ones that really contrast that light and dark, as the heartbreak is always sadder when it's set against the humour of the characters. I'm hoping I've been able to do the same with Lobster.