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Interview with Amy Ingram, co-creator of I Want to Know What Love Is

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Love, Loss, Lismore

Lismore City Hall | 29 & 30 March | 7.30pm | $25–$54

Amy Ingram is a co-creator of I want to know what love is and member of The Good Room. She spoke with the Echo about how they plan to REALLY REALLY love Lismore!

What is the concept for I want to know what love is?

The Good Room has always had a desire to make strong connections with its audience. When we started out as a company we were always seeking new ways to engage them beyond the 4th wall. This is where the I want to know triptych was born.  We began to engage our audience from inception onwards. The performance is a declaration back to audience. We crowd sourced over 900 stories about love and everything in between and it is from those stories that we have built the show. 

How did you go about collecting and curating stories?

We simply created a website called wewantyourlove.com (you can still submit!) where we posed a seres of questions and thoughts and encouraged people to submit their responses to us. It is completely anonymous so I think that attracts a more in depth and truthful submission. Once we had collected the stories it was about how they fit together; which ones related to one another, or fit in the same ‘world.’ Once we have read these responses, re-read them and have discussed them, we put them into ‘containers’ or categories such as ‘heartbreak, unrequited love, anger or schmaltz’ (which is what we call that romantic hallmark first-love type of feeling). 

What variety of stories did you get? Did you try and move across gender, sexual orientation and age etc?

Our stories came from across Australia and often at times, the world. Because the submissions were anonymous it was often hard to tell the submitters’ gender or race or sexual orientation. In that sense they all became instant universal stories because they literally could be from anyone. Some people did divulge information about themselves so it was evident that we had submissions from every walk of life. 

What was the most common theme? 

There was no singular theme, the submissions crossed the multitudes of love, types of love, and different stages of love. We had people talking about loving their car, we had people talk about the love of family members and then of course there was romantic love and and the many stages it contains. I’d say one theme that repeated a lot was unrequited love or the regret of not taking a chance with someone. 

What was the most unusual theme?

Ha! I’d say someone submitting their love for KFC!!!  

Love is the key theme in nearly everything we do, music, art, films… why can’t we make sense of the human heart?If we could, well then I’d be out of a job! I think we are ever changing and growing creatures. And at the heart of what we do and who we are is how we seek connection. Connection with friends, family, lovers, a connection with what we do for a living, a connection with where we fit in the bigger world. Love is just one of those things that will always evolve as we do. I think as long as we are trying to make sense of ourselves as humans and what the hell we are doing here on this earth we will always try also to make sense of love. Because how we love makes up a huge chunk of who we are. 

Who are the cast? How do you stage a show like this and manage to bring the elements together?

This show has had some amazing actors on board. The original cast featured the late and great Carol Burns and we still feel her presence in the show every time we do it. Margi Brown Ash is an amazing actor from Brisbane who came on board for the show. Katrina Foster, who is simply delightful, has come on board for the tour. Our other cast members include Emily Tomlins, and Caroline Dunphy and Naomi Price sharing a role. Tom Cossettini and myself are also two of the original cast members on the tour. 

The Lismore performance will have Katrina Foster, Caroline Dunphy, Naomi Price and Tom Cossettini. You are in good hands!! 

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done for love?

HAAAAA! I think that story is yet to come! I look forward to a future filled with embarrassing love stories.  I have a few up my sleeve, but none I think I’m willing to admit to in writing. 

I want to know what love is; A crowd sourced letter of love and loss  Lismore City Hall  |  Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March, 7:30pm  |  tickets at norpa.org.au 

 


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