Katharina Rodda is the author of “Harry Is Asking”, one of three specially crafted pieces for this season’s Omniwrite.
Katharina Rodda has been part of the Soho Theatre Young Company and the Royal Court Writer’s group. She has developed work with Tamasha Theatre Company, receiving the Garrick Bursary for writing in 2014. She has also developed work with Graeae Theatre Company and has had work performed at Richmix, Park Theatre and the Etcetera Theatre.
Could you give us a brief summary of your play?
Harry Is Asking is about a young man who suffers from memory loss. He finds himself in a strange place, unsure of where he’s been or where he’s going as he tries to understand if he fits into the life he can no longer fully remember.
What inspired you to write it?
It is partly inspired by someone I knew and also my own interest in how significantly memory plays into our experience of the world and our connection to those around us.
Tell us about some of the relationships in the play.
Harry is recently engaged to Peggy, a woman he met many years ago at the the school disco. His mum, Barbara, is doting but a little pre occupied with keeping up appearances. The entire action of the play is anchored by Harry’s chance encounter with a mysterious woman, Alice.
How do you approach your writing? Do you have a regular routine?
I wish I was a pre planner but I tend to just write first and shape later. I always carry a note book to jot ideas down as and when they come and try to spend time everyday free writing whatever comes to mind. A large portion of it never sees the light of day but sometimes it can contain the seeds of a new idea.
How do you see this piece of work evolving?
Due to the subject matter, I’ve played with form in this play and jumping backwards and forwards in time. I think this is perhaps the area where it will evolve the most as with each draft this device becomes clearer.
What are you hoping for from your showcase at Omnibus?
I’m really looking forward to seeing the piece up on it’s feet for the first time and of course working with some wonderful directors and actors.
Omniwrite is on Friday 15 April at 7.30pm.
Tickets: £12 | £10 concessions
Ticket price includes a free drink and nibbles.