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Friday, 4 July 2014

Complicated Jack

And today's pre-production meeting was with Paul Vella - who's playing Jack.  We had a lengthy discussion about Jack today, as well as the men of Complicated Pleasures in general.  They tend to be... weak.  I think that's fair.  They're weak men, they don't really know what they want or how what to do with it when they get it.  Actually, they've got a pretty good idea what to do with it - or at least where to put it - but they inevitably ruin anything that's good.
Take Jack.  Here's a picture of Paul Vella pretending to read about Jack.  He can't, because he's looking at a page that Jack isn't in.

Look Paul, that's the first page and you don't enter till Scene 2
Now Jack is, on the surface, a fairly straightforward guy.  He's juggling a complicated life - a single parent, has new girlfriend, a job (never mentioned, but he has one) and his son is a bit evil.  Now, add to this that he's having an affair and, well, that happens, it's not too unusual, he's still a straightforward guy.  But look under the surface and his character is far darker.  He's controlling, he's taking pills for some condition, he probably has an eating disorder... he's a mess.  But the play doesn't linger on these things.  Like anyone you met in the pub you'd think he was a fairly straightforward guy - but under the surface the legs are going like crazy just to keep up the pretence.  And it's the same for most the other characters.  Except perhaps for Bobby - but I'll tell you about him tomorrow.
And now, I'll leave you with a picture of Paul smiling like I'm pointing a gun at his head.  Which I was.

Complicated Pleasures: 
A Modern Sex Comedy by Robert Crighton performs at the Quay Theatre on Monday 21st July at 7.30pm - tickets available online at or over the phone on 01787 374 745

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