That's the inspiration for the upcoming Fringe play 'The Bloody Benders', produced by the Wellington based Killer Darlings Collective.
We caught up with Matt Loveranes of the Killer Darlings to hear all about the collective and their début in the Wellington Fringe festival.
Killer Darlings formed in September of last year and is a text-based collective for eager young writers in Wellington. We as a group felt like there was a space in the local theatre market for a collective which focused specifically in creating exciting, original, scripted plays for public consumption. A lot of the really prominent theatre companies in Wellington either deal primarily with devised theatre or already well-established and published material and we wanted to differentiate ourselves from that.
So there are a few core members of the collective, how did you all meet?
We were all in our final years of our undergraduate theatre degrees at Vic and were itching to parlay our skills into producing theatre outside of university. I (Matt) approached my friends David from the scriptwriting course and Dejane from the directing course to become involved and we quickly hatched out what we wanted to achieve and what our theatrical values were. It soon became apparent that all of us immensley valued the written text and so a collective was born.
Killer Darlings, quite a catchy dark name. Are you as a collective seeking to produce darker pieces of theatre?
In a way we as a group are interested in quite darker themes and stories and I'm sure we will be producing plays which reflact that. That said, "Darlings" is still part of our name and we do enjoy a good laugh, so don't be surprised if we produce work of a sweet and funny nature in the future.
I do all three but in the past year, I've been really focused on honing my skills as writer and director and David is primarily a writer. Dejane, who as of now has taken leave to pursue a teaching career, was also a director and lighting designer.
Your play The Bloody Benders, sounds a little spooky and quite intriguing, can you tell us a little about it?
The Bloody Benders is a play based on the true story of a family of serial killers who ran a bed and breakfast just after the American Civil War and killed their occupants. We''ve adapted the historical events to get maximum dramatic punch from the story, which we're billing as a "historical horror-mantic comedy".
Is this the collectives first Fringe show? Please tell us of any others.
Yes, not only is this our first Fringe show, it's our first show ever.
Who wrote the play? Or is it a group devised piece?
It is written by yours truly and David Williams. I will also be handling directing duties for the show.
What kind of theatre do you enjoy?
Honestly, I enjoy all theatre. The thing I love most about theatre is how it constantly surprises. It's easy to dismiss certain areas of theatre (e.g. devising, musicals, etc.) but from time to time, something just strikes you on an emotional level that you wouldn't have thought appealed to you on paper. I do have partiality towards a well-written script though, if you couldn't already tell.
I would like to see more writers staging stories that would not only appeal to local tastes but to international ones as well. Writers should aim high. After all, you only live once.
What other projects is the collective working on for the future?
We've got a few projects brewing at the moment but we haven't quite decided which to pursue next. However, we're really excited to show more of our work to the wider Wellington community.
What would your advice be to someone who has written a play but doesn't know how to get it on the stage?
Just ask. Find the avenues and the right people. I supposed it's it's easier for students of theatre but even if you're not, you can ask BATS, ask people who are involved in theatre. The Wellington theatre community is a very tight-knit and supportive bunch so if you've got a story you're committed to tell, just ask and someone will always be there to lend a helping hand or point you to the right direction.
The Bloody Benders starts tomorrow night (Tuesday 18th February) and runs until Feb 21. You can book tickets here. You can also follow them on twitter and like 'em on Facebook.