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Playwright slams own work as ‘derivative drivel’

26 Jun

Artie Gimlet prepares for a night of light entertainment

Playwright Artie Gimlet’s new play, ‘Pretension’ has had fans flocking to the theatres.

“Everyone is hungry for irony these days. They’ll do anything to get a fix. Pretension is the perfect high for our generation of sneery scenesters who speak in dead sentences.”

Gimlet’s over-elaborate dialogue is delivered in a purposefully deadpan and uninterested tone, as the actors try on an endless series of Urban Outfitters clothing. Gimlet himself heckles them relentlessly from the orchestra pit, screaming, “Where is the music?!”

Actor Todd Winklebun spoke to us about developing the play.

TW:     At first it was pretty disconcerting. Especially when my mom joined Artie in ‘the pit of shame.’ Artie was pleased that she so deeply understood the concept but there’s a part of me that thinks she was still pissed about that time I trashed her car.

Q:        Do you think our generation has, and will, spawn a society of heartless automatons who are only as real as their latest Twizler update?

TW:    Um, I’m not sure how to respond to that. There are light hearted moments in the play. When my character tries on his seventh pair of low crotch skinny jeans he says, “I’ve seen things.” I like to think that whatever they were they were, they were nice things.

Feature on artist Sonia Tit-Wently: Disassociation and the Digital Age

24 Jan
32 eyelashes

32 eyelashes

Tell us about your new art exhibition.

ST:  Lately I’ve been concerned about how fast my brain processes new information. As soon as I got the new I-Phone my brain activity increased by about 300%. It’s the same with everyone.

Q: Exactly.

ST: So I’ve taken to doodling my impressions in order to slow down my life, to really grasp and scrutinise each second. When we talk to people we don’t even look at them anymore. I don’t even remember new people. People I’ve known for years have been reduced to a Facebook status. But when you draw someone you really have to LOOK at them.

Q: You’re making me feel a little uncomfortable now.

ST: Exactly. Because I’m really looking at you.

Q: Can you look at me from a bit further away?

ST: I’m interested in your discomfort. Your brain can’t handle the intimacy of this exchange. A simple conversation is becoming traumatic because you’re so unused to making eye contact with another human being.

Q: My God, you’re right.

ST: You’re welcome.

Sonia Tit-Wently’s new exhibition of doodles can be seen at the Yes! You’re Looking at it! Gallery in Brixton.