Inspired by a love of British gangster stories, Diane Crotty wrote RISK as a response to the genre's lack of realistic female characters. We asked her #FiveQuickQuestions ahead of her Tiger Dublin Fringe show at The New Theatre.
1. Describe RISK in 5 words.
All female feminist gangster epic.
2. What is the most exciting part about making this show?
The most exciting part has been watching the characters taking shape, moving from things in my brain to things on the page to people performing. If you’re a writer who has the privilege of directing your own work, you get to watch your characters literally come alive – that’s amazing.
3. What inspired you to write this story?
I love gangster stories, and particularly the British ones. There’s something about the dichotomy of sleaze and stiff upper lip primness I find fascinating. Unfortunately, gangster stories don’t tend to serve female characters well: women are either molls, mamas or shrewish wives who get in the way. Actual women are a lot more complicated than those stereotypes would lead you to believe. So I decided to write a show about those more complicated, realistic women.
4. What do you want audience members to take away from this show?
It’s interesting because Lisa Tyrrell, who plays Frankie, asked me that just last night. I want people to be entertained, I want people to be moved. But more than anything else, I want people to come away feeling they’ve met two real characters; women who are just as complicated and scary as the people they meet on the street.
5. Are there any other shows you’re excited to see at Tiger Dublin Fringe?
Oh God, yes! I’m really looking forward to Collapsing Horse’s The Aeneid, Mollie Molumby’s Half Light, Dylan Coburn Gray’s Briseis After The Black, Sickle Moon’s TRYST, Aerial Cirque’s Black Pitch Pitch Black and Umbrella Theatre Project’s Glowworm. I’m sure there are plenty more I’m missing out but those are my must-haves!