Batch Festival 2020 is fast approaching, and in the lead up to the Festival, we’re posting a series of 5 Questions to give Grif-fans the chance to get to know our fabulous fresh crop of Batch artists performing on the Stables stage (and beyond) this year. Next up, we asked creator Caleb Lewis about his interactive love story for two, Unkiss Me.
Have a read, then book yourself a ticket to this unconventional and irresistible theatre game for two.
1. Introduce yourself with a fun fact that someone might not know about you!
My first crush was a girl named Kimberley. I used to ride by her house drinking Solo so she’d see how cool I was. I was eight.
2. Paint us a picture of your project in 5 words.
Entire relationship in forty minutes.
3. What was the inspiration behind the creation of your project?
An intimate art game for two-at-a-time, Unkiss Me invites a pair of strangers to build their own love story out of simple wooden blocks and a suitcase full of memories. Unkiss Me is the followup to an earlier work, Across a Crowded Room, which sought to recreate the moment of love at first sight between strangers. Whereas that work dealt with love’s heady first flight, Unkiss Me asks what comes after. However, it’s not a public performance. The only way to experience it is to play.
4. What’s been a challenge that you’ve faced in the creation of your project?
Understanding that the best technology is invisible, focusing on human contact and imagination at the heart of the experience.
5. What are you most looking forward to about bringing your project to Batch Festival 2020 at Griffin?
Meeting strangers and making new friends.