We wanted to something different with Rabbit. Our productions generally came from an idea that was bounced between the co-artistic directors. This was exhausting us so we decided to try to find a new play that was already in existence. While Steven was on holiday in Australia he saw posters for a play called Rabbit at a new writing venue and asked if he could see a script. This audacious request led to him calling me and suggesting we had our play.
We wanted this to be an opportunity to work with the writer Brendan Cowell on an updated version of the play. Rabbit concerned the seemingly dysfunctional family of a cold patriarch and how is illness pulled a harsh reality into focus. It was a dark, dark comedy on death and growing up.
There is a rawness to Brendan's writing that is at times really exhilarating. It was a much more complicated world than we had engaged with before. This was also the first time we had worked with older actors. It was another huge learning curve for us.
And it had an interval!