When I was unable to watch a performance of Emma Park ‘Boat people‘ at The Pentameters theatre in Hampstead, I was a little disappointed.
I had read the plot that had been sent over and I was intrigued.
In the High Court of Justice, Captain Papangelos, Greek master of a cargo ship, is called as a witness over his decision, without the permission of his shipowners, to change course from a routine voyage to rescue a boatload of migrants trying to make their way to Europe. The trial develops into a battle of wits and clash of personalities between the Captain and Miss Featherstone QC – the barrister cross-examining him –, who seeks to show, by every means possible, that he should have left the ‘boat people’ where they were.
I enjoy court room dramas, I like the tension and emotions it can create, the fact that ‘Boat people‘ was based on a true story only made me want to know more.
I like to learn things that I didn’t know before. That’s what’s great about theatre, it can open up your mind.
So when I realised I couldn’t make any of the performances, I contacted Emma to see if she would like to do an interview for my blog instead.
Emma agreed and was soon sending over the script.
The interview follows below: