“A mash-up between a true crime story, and the film Psycho” Q Theatre’s latest production, Not Psycho opens this weekend. In anticipation of the theatre thriller, I met up with actor Julia Croft to discuss inspirations and fresh approaches.
Croft plays multiple characters in the production. However, with a cast of only six, she’ll be relatively easy to recognise. Luckily, this shouldn’t be too much of a hindrance, with Croft explaining that she’s really performing a singular role “but that one character is playing dress ups”. If you think that sounds slightly confusing/disconcerting, you’d be right. Not Psycho doesn’t follow your typical cause and effect structure, something Croft considers a huge positive. Reminiscent of a classic horror or thriller films, Not Psycho is “an experience for an audience that isn’t necessarily straight forward”. Rest assured the play apparently does come to an ultimate resolution, but to get there you’ll have to work relatively hard. Croft describes this dynamic that director Benjamin Henson has created as an “amazing kaleidoscope” of events. While maybe not a production that will entice your grandparents “living-room theatre” desires, Not Psycho intends to appeal to the intelligence of their audience in order to deliver a satisfactory story.
Inspired by the thriller and horror genre as a whole, Henson has taken recognisable tropes from a range of popular films in a “tongue-in-cheek” manner, in order to attempt a genre not usually seen on stage. Croft successfully justifies this, explaining that thriller stage shows rarely work, with theatres usually halting the ability to “suspend your belief like on film”. By using popular material, Not Psycho aims to create a horror with an aspect of self-reflection and “very black” humour.
Also featuring heavy lighting and sound components from an “amazing technical team”, Not Psycho sounds to be heading towards a hit season. I’ll be heading along myself this week to see if the intriguing show does stand out from the usual. You can catch the self-described “sensitive” actor yourself in Not Psycho until August 29th.