Interview: Director Jimmy Walters on fun and musicality in his revival of WWI-set Square Rounds, Finborough Theatre
"Having these six munitionettes tell the story adds a theatrical quality to the play in a play that provides a lot of fun."
Getting its first staging for three decades, Tony Harrison's World War I-set play Square Rounds is based on true events and explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction.
Director Jimmy Walters talks about its relevance today and paring the play down for an intimate performance space.
Square Rounds was last performed 30 years ago at the National Theatre, why is it ripe for revival?
It feels more relevant now than it was in 1992 in some ways. It tackles gun control, the power of trigger-happy populist rhetoric and addresses the ongoing conflict between the ideologies of Christianity and Islam.
It has an all-female cast, what dynamic does that add to the play and storytelling?
We open with six munitionettes in a factory. At the very same time, these women were taking on the roles of men they go one step further and play the men with a bit of magic involved.
Having these six munitionettes tell the story adds a theatrical quality to the play in a play that provides a lot of fun.