Playwright Tim Mogford
Talks About DE PROFUNDIS
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
In all honesty, this play was inspired by a talented group of young actors who had become increasingly dissatisfied with the usual theatrical teen fare. I wanted to offer them, and others like them, something genuinely edgy and challenging to sink their teeth into. The play also explores the potential for live theatre to suspend disbelief long enough to create genuinely thrilling, unsettling effects.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY?
“Life is mess,” Rob cries. “Only freaks are clean.” I think from one perspective that’s what this play does – illustrates the mismatch between life as it is, and as we would like it to be. Josh is a profoundly disturbed and violent young man, but his longing for control and a life which should be so straightforward is, I think, in many of us.
WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
They began as types – contrasting figures who might have crossed Josh’s path at precisely the wrong time. Since then they have been – I hope – fleshed out sufficiently to make us care deeply about what has happened to them.
WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
As a culture, we seem obsessed with the dark, secretive side of the human condition, especially in TV and film. I wanted to see what the theatre could do to satisfy this craving in the audience. I also, as always, wanted to create fulfilling, absorbing and non-patronizing parts for young actors.