5 Questions with Claudia Barrie and Emily J Stewart

Claudia Barrie

Emily J Stewart: If you were lost in a labyrinth what would you do and why?
Claudia Barrie: If I was lost in THE Labyrinth I would have tea with the worm and his Missus, hang out with Sir Didymus and then dance with Jareth the Goblin King.

Destination you’ve not been to yet and why?
Japan. Desperate to go there. For the snow, food, culture. Everything.

How important was the casting of Time Stands Still?
Just as important as it is with any show. It’s not just about talent, chemistry and work ethic. It’s also about balancing personalities. Can I spend the next couple of months with this person? Luckily all of the cast (and crew) of TSS are a bunch of legends!

What has working in a non-conventional space been like?
Actually once we got past all the usual technical challenges, it’s been really freeing and as a result I think we’ve created a beautiful and very relaxed space.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now what would you do?
Paint!

Emily J Stewart

Claudia Barrie: If you could have 3 dinner party guests who would they be and why?
Emily J Stewart: Prince; greatest creative musical genius and inspiration. My dad; to check in on how he’s going up there and tell him about the show. Nelson Mandela; he maintained such dignity through heartbreaking circumstances. Incredibly humbling.

What has been the best part of the Time Stands Still journey so far?
Seeing something that I have been working on for almost 5 years come to life with such incredible people involved.

Name your greatest inspiration?
My dad; He was a jazz muso. Played and wrote sheet music for near on 12 instruments. Extremely passionate, taught me to follow anything I wanted to do, as long as I did it with everything I have.

How have you navigated the complexities of the script for Time Stands Still?
There are so many layers of the text. Each layer takes time to build. Gradually layer by layer I’ve pieced Sarah together and each night the layers and connection deepens.

Do you see a life for this show beyond the Tap?
It would be great to add greater production value to the show, in a bigger warehouse with larger audience capacity.

Claudia Barrie directs Emily J Stewart in Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies.
Dates: 1 – 25 November, 2017
Venue: Tap Gallery