5 Questions with Olivia Satchell

oliviasatchellWhat is your favourite swear word?
Fuck.

What are you wearing?
A black-and-white polkadot dress and a tartan cape.

What is love?
I’ve been struggling with this one for a while. I have to try and describe it in my show and I think the closest I can manage is this:

“If you don’t care about someone you don’t know where their scars are. You can’t describe the beauty of their smile.”

Failing that, the best definition I’ve read comes from Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre:

“It is a long way to Ireland, Janet, and I am sorry to send my little friend on such weary travels: but if I can’t do better, how is it to be helped? Are you anything akin to me, do you think, Jane?”

I could risk no sort of answer by this time: my heart was still.

“Because, he said, “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.”

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
8 Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography at Griffin Theatre Company. Four stars.

Is your new show going to be any good?
Yes, I think it is. It’s about our need to understand our family and our need to make our lives meaningful, which I think nearly every person can relate to because it is, essentially, what makes us human.

Olivia Satchell new work is My Name is Truda Vitz, by Somersault Theatre Company.
Show dates: 25 Jun – 6 Jul, 2014
Show venue: TAP Gallery