Our Autumn theatre maltings season opens with a provocative, witty and entertaining show, co-produced by the Royal Court Theatre and Improbable. Still No Idea is Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence’s quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama, action, and a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show with a bit of singing and dancing thrown in. We caught up with the duo to find out more about the ideas behind the show, perceptions regarding disability in theatre and how it felt to perform the show at the Royal Court.
What can we expect from Still No Idea?
Dark humour, montages with dance routines, documentary, impro sketch comedy, inappropriate jokes and something that also packs a political punch.
Where did the idea for the show come from?
We were best friends and actors who got bored of being in other peoples stories and we just really just wanted to contrive a way we could hang together and get paid. So we decided to make a show together! But because we hadn’t really done that before we didn’t have any ideas, no one had ever asked us to have any before! We thought we would start by asking other people for theirs but we didn’t realise that having no idea would actually become an idea. And a very surprising one!
Your show touches on perceptions of disability. What would you say is the most common misconception regarding disability?
Rachael has no idea about this. But Lisa says…… that we are all very brave and inspirational.
How was it performing at the Royal Court last year?
It was very high end for us! Which we loved! We have quite high end ambitions obvs but we are also happy in our low end lives! So hanging out in Sloane Square every days for three weeks satisfied our fantasy of being people who buy five pound coffees every day. 😉
What are you most looking forward to when taking the show on tour?
Staying in Travelodges (you know where you are with a Travelodge) not doing any housework for three months, visiting brilliant places you would never get to go to otherwise, getting away from the children, getting this story out there!!! It really is a good story!
What do you hope the audience will take away from watching the show?
One of our amazing bits of merch. A feeling of self satisfaction from not watching the telly or googling on their phone that eve, (although they are welcome to do that during the show if they want to) An idea for a story of their very own!!