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MATTHEW CAMPLING returns to theatre after 20 years, and talks to LAUREN GAUGE about his play Abominations...

When people are brave and bold in their opinions they expose a vulnerability that can shock, surprise and endure all criticism, because it’s their truth. During our conversation I get the sense that Abominations, written and directed by Matthew Campling will have a raucous reaction that praises his honesty. There is nothing straightforward about coming out or about religion and love. This play tackles all three head on in Campling’s first production in London for twenty years. To see these ideas fleshed out on stage visit The Etcetera Theatre in Camden from 3rd – 29th May.

Matthew, you wrote Abominations and you are also directing it – how do you find taking on more than one role within the creative process?

I’ve had seven plays produced (and another was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award) and I have directed three of them. Abominations came out of my imagination with very specific visuals and when I finished writing it I knew I really wanted to take this all the way. I’ve also been co-producing, which entails organising the programmes, the blog site, the set – and many etcetera’s – and that’s been great. It’s been twenty years since I was fully immersed in theatre, so partly it was a challenge to me coming back after being away to see where my energy was: was I going to flake out after two weeks or could I actually keep going? There was a wonderful sense of achievement when I held the programmes in my hand because that was one of the last technical tasks to be ticked off. It’s also the first production by Campling Hicks – run by myself and my husband, Harry Hicks. Harry has been managing Twitter and PR, so we are working in a nice harmony. The whole thing has been a creative harmonious experience in coming back into theatre.

Multi-hyphenated talent – actors turned writers, writers turned directors – are becoming increasingly common in the theatre industry. Equally you wrote an advice column for 10 years, so what advice can you offer to our readers also heavily multi-tasking creatively?

We become multi-taskers because we need to. There are a lot of plays out there sitting on people’s desks. ‘Don’t dream it – Be it’ (Rocky Horror Show) is one of my perennial thoughts. We increase our level of being in learning how to do more things. You don’t have to be equally good at everything you do, but if something is needed then we learn how to do it. You can’t sit around waiting for opportunities to come your way. One of my favourite quotes is – ‘The wise man makes more opportunities than he finds’ – also the wise woman. That would be my advice.

You’ve just published a book called The 12 Type Enneagram, can you tell us more about that and if its concepts permeate the play?

The book is published by Watkins. The Enneagram is an ancient symbol that is gaining interest with today’s spiritual explorers. The diagram itself is called The Enneagram, which means ‘9-pointed diagram’. There have been a number of books on the 9-type interpretation. But the one I learnt from my teacher many years ago involves a 12-type enneagram interpretation. My book is the first book ever published on the 12-type enneagram, which is basically a way of understanding how we work; for example, it breaks down how we work into whether you’re a thinking person, a feeling person or an action doing person. But we may have two of the three as principal influences, in which case we call the person a hybrid. Obviously I can’t explain a lot in this interview – my website is

How do the themes and practices of that spill over into Abominations, if at all?

Complex question! I intend to offer workshops to actors, directors and other creative people. Where it interacts is say I have written a part with a Lunar type in mind – the Lunar type is the innocent, creative, sensitive, eternal childlike person. Someone like Audrey Hepburn or Andy Warhol. Anyone who knows the definitions would then know how to play the character. I would also look at potential actors in terms of their 12-Type essence type. Yes, I could cast a fiery, combative Mars type as a Lunar type, but casting someone who is actually a Lunar type, when you’ve only got four weeks rehearsal, obviously speeds up the process. The 12-Type Enneagram is tremendously useful in focusing on the essence of the person and the objective.
As I’ve already mentioned one of the things I’m interested in and for which I’ve got some interest already is workshops with actors who are interested in looking at the 12-type Enneagram as a way of helping them understand more about the characters that they are going to play – and themselves!

What is Abominations about and who are the characters in the play?

The first character is Jeff who is a married man. As the play begins he has felt his gay feelings surface by joining a wrestling club, wrestling with guys, and in doing so accepting that his marriage is a complete sham and that he is a gay man.

Jeff meets a young man called Malcolm. Malcolm is a very nice, personable young man who finds Jeff’s phone number written in a cubicle in a swimming pool and he phones Jeff up. Jeff invites Malcolm to come and wrestle and the two men start a tentative sexual/romantic connection.

The third character in the play is Malcolm’s homophobic boss, called Tony. Tony is also Jeff’s father. For a while we realise that these people are going to impact each other but we don’t know how it’s going to happen.

The fourth character is Sharon, Jeff’s angry acerbic wife. Eventually the four converge and we are into the second part of the play: Malcolm wants Jeff, Jeff wants closure with his father Tony, and Tony wants Malcolm back to be his son-like protégé.
We take the play in the second act into a cellar. I always find it a challenge to set a scene in the dark, where there is only a torch and very low lighting but that’s the dark heart of the play. In that cellar we discover all sorts of unexpected revelations about these characters and their pasts.

What inspired you to write Abominations and why produce it now?

Writing Abominations came out of a real feeling that I wanted to turn a bad experience into a good one. The bad experience occurred when my book was published. I was contacted by a religious organisation which appeared very open and liberal and really interested and committed to championing the 12-Type Enneagram, until I mentioned that I use the 12-type enneagram in my relationship with my husband. Then all their interest disappeared. But what could I do: if I had pointed out this chain of events to them they would only have denied it (but I could show you emails that indicates their strong early interest). So instead of feeling upset I thought I will write a play about the kind of creeping homophobia that is still prevalent in British society.

It’s very different from the play A Rolling Stone, which is about black gay men in Uganda, and is a stunning piece of work. It differs because in my play I wanted to say hey – it’s not only in Africa, it’s here in Britain, in England (the play is set in rural South England).

Abominations references the biblical abominations and sexuality – how do you depict religion and sexual morality in the play?

In 1987 I wrote a play that was performed at Soho Poly called Blind Faith about two men who have a one-night only meeting in a bedsit and one of them was a priest, so I have already explored the interface between someone whose profession is religion and what hypocrisy and double-thinking this creates. What I wanted to depict in Abominations were people who weren’t particularly religious, but who use the bible in a lazy way to ‘justify’ their homophobia. Married man/ gay Jeff then becomes the author’s conduit for talking about how the bible has been misinterpreted and misconstrued, which is what I found when I researched the Bible – particularly the most infamous quote about ‘If a man lies with a man, as with a woman, then it’s an abomination’. In fact the proper translation is: ‘If a man lies with a man in a woman’s bed, it is an abomination’ – it’s about adultery and about not breaking up a family, not about homosexuality. The big contradiction about homophobia is that sex between two men or women does not feature in the Ten Commandments, and Jesus never condemned it. Both of those points appear in the second act of the play.

As a director what tools do you employ to deal with very personal and quite provocative subject matters whilst trying to get to the emotional truth from your cast in rehearsals?

Empathy. Listening. Trying to achieve a balance. I scheduled some time at the beginning of the rehearsal process for working around the characters before beginning with the lines. Part of being a director is listening for harmony and disharmony. Unfortunately in a 4 week period there is only a limited time that can be spent on listening. But things can arise which can be worked on once the play has opened. As a writer-director I am open with the cast about where something has come from. We delve into experiences and try to understand through our experiences the emotions of the play. The emotional world is complex. So in this play we have gone for what will communicate it, and the story best to an audience.

There is a well-known phrase with often negative connotations about actors using ‘theatre as therapy’. How does your background in psychotherapy inform your process as both writer and director?

From what I understand, ‘Therapy plays’ are plays that people write, when in fact they would be better going to see a therapist to work through the issue. From what I understand, the reason why they have a bad name is because they become very personal, and the writer can be very ‘precious’ or defensive about them as a result. But don’t let’s forget that Tennessee Williams’ plays are in a sense therapy plays – he was setting down his own agony on stage. As did Eugene O’Neill (the playwright I most admire). What I’m trying to do is bring out themes that are more universal, that will resonate with the audience, so it’s about facilitating. When I saw eight clients a day, I’d move from one person’s world to another person’s world and that’s more the kind of writing that I’m trying to write. It’s about bringing in different worlds. When we started rehearsals, on the first day I said: you are an ensemble in that there are four of you, but you are also solo people, individuals within the world, and the entire membership of your own world.

Do you always try to instil that ensemble way of working in your productions?

Because this is the first production I’ve done for twenty years this is the first production where I’ve been able to think about the ensemble and the therapeutic approach. It’s an acting task, that’s what we focus on. One of the things that can happen is that for the performer things can build up into a difficult space, as a therapist I am less drawn into that and because I am less drawn into it I can help them unpack it. Most directors are aware that one of the things that they are doing is taking care of the cast in the various ways the cast needs to be cared for.

Though you’ve produced a good handful of productions before, this will be the first for your new company Campling Hicks Productions – what is this new chapter about for you?

The reason why I came back into theatre was to have fun and do stuff that I wanted to do. When I gave up working as a therapist it was a surprise when suddenly the urge to write theatre again came pouring back. After all, there are easier ways of living (but they are not so much fun). I have written a number of plays since then, some of which I will be taking forward after this one. I’ve spent twenty years sitting in a chair finding out how other people’s lives are going, now I get to have fun in my life in a challenging creative working way.

What are you hoping to get out of this production and where might it lead you next?

The Etcetera Theatre is a modest sized theatre; depending on how well it is received I would love to put on Abominations in a larger venue. We have a couple of theatres coming to see the show and I have ideas that I’ve been discussing with other producers about taking things forward. People can have very grand ambitions, but then you never hear from them again. I’d sooner say nothing then send you tickets to my next show’s opening night.

What are you most eager to explore within this piece?

First of all I wanted to challenge the ideas of people who use the bible to justify homophobia. Look at what’s happening in America particularly with the anti-gay legislation that’s coming in, in the southern states at the moment. We may have, in London, grown used to seeing Jehovahs Witnesses at the Tube entrances – but did you know the JW’s have produced a costly film which is virulently homophobic in saying that homosexuality can be ‘cured’ – a belief, incidentally, that has been vigorously disproved in the therapeutic world? Although in the last few years things have moved forward and gay people can now get legally married, a change of the wind could take that away. Men are still being ‘queer-bashed’. This is why I am particularly gratified that Peter Tatchell has become Patron of Abominations. Just listening to people’s casual attitudes to homosexuality, you can see quite shocking examples of homophobia that wouldn’t be tolerated if it was one of the other minorities being discussed. I wanted Abominations to take away that apparent right to say, ‘oh but the bible condemns it – it’s in Leviticus’ – because that part of Leviticus also says all sorts of bizarre stuff that you wouldn’t begin to accept nowadays. What I say in the play is, ‘the bible is not a buffet; if you don’t believe everything and live your life that way then you’re a hypocrite’.

Has there been a particular favourite or eureka moment for you in the rehearsal room?

Yes, there are lovely moments working with the actors when rehearsing a new play. With new plays you can’t say, ‘this is the script’ – we’ve done a lot of three-dimensional rewriting, three dimensional because it’s happening in the moment. Suddenly you realise because that line takes you in a different direction that you need a different line, or maybe you don’t need a line at all. So it’s not one moment, it’s been constant. It has been a real high. I don’t drink alcohol so this in my idea of a high. Rehearsals continue to be new because we keep thinking we can polish this a little more!

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Mike Elliston talks to Tom Wicker about pop culture and his new play, TRAILER/Trash

Daniel Brennan talks to Tom Wicker about putting audiences first in the Off Cut Festival

DAVID COTTIS discusses cup cakes, Orson Welles and IT'S ALL TRUE at The White Bear

Tom Wicker speaks to MOLTON STUDIOS about supporting new production TWO-HEADED and the challenges facing younger theatre companies today.

Roland Smith talks to Tom Wicker about THEATRE DELICATESSEN


HANNAH JOSS talks to Tom Wicker about THE DEVIL INSIDE HIM at The White Bear

Tom Wicker talks to THE WRONG CROWD about The Girl With The Iron Claws

ALEXANDER ZELDIN and KIMBERLEY SYKES talk to Tom Wicker about staging Bernard-Marie Koltès

Tom Wicker speaks with first-time playwright ALISON EVANS about her controversial debut, The Supper Party....

MICHAEL PENNINGTON talks to Tom Wicker about his new book SWEET WILLIAM

Tom Wicker talks to Kamaal Hussain and Rachel Marwood about FOUR DAYS OF GRACE at The New Diorama

2012 OFFIE WINNERS ANNOUNCED at a fabulous award ceremony at Theatre Royal Stratford East................

Director ED DICK talks to Tom Wicker about reviving Philip Ridley's THE PITCHFORK DISNEY.....

Cardboard Citizens' artistic director Adrian Jackson tells Tom Wicker what inspired his new play, A FEW MAN FRIDAYS....

THE 2011 FINALISTS FOR THE OFFIE will be announced on the 6th February!

Harry Potter star ALFIE ENOCH makes his professional stage debut...

The LOST Theatre Company 27th Annual One Act Festival is open for submissions until 11 March 2012

Nouska Hanly reports on the launch of PARK THEATRE's fundraising campaign before opening in Autumn 2012

Time Out announces a good year for Off West End theatre in this week's edition....


REBECCA ATKINSON-LORD and RACHEL BRISCOE talk to Tom Wicker about their vision for OVALHOUSE

Tom Wicker talks to Guillaume Pigé and Adam Taylor about THE GAMBLER at The Space..

MESHAUN LABRONE talks to Tom Wicker about exploring the life of legendary American rapper 2Pac

CHRIS LOSCHER and MIKE LEES talk to Tom Wicker about the UK premiere of COUNT OEDERLAND......

"What we do isn't polite and it's not middle-class - those things are, I think, death to theatre." KERRY MICHAEL from Theatre Royal Stratford East talks to Tom Wicker


Tom Wicker talks to HAMISH MACDOUGALL about THE LIGHTS at The Spring

In this second installment, MARK SHENTON talks to Tom Wicker about producing, reviewing and the theatres he loves...

Tom Wicker interviews theatre critic and journalist MARK SHENTON about the changing role of theatre criticism...

Tom Wicker interviews RICK BLAND in THICK at The New Diorama from 13 September

FREE workshops in the Olivier theatre for actors and directors at the POEL EVENT 2011


BEN OCCHIPINTI talks to Tom Wicker about Mack & Mabel at Greenwich Theatre....

SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE needs your help NOW to lobby and tweet for their survival!

Amy Tez talks about FOUR DOGS AND A BONE with Tom Wicker

WILTON'S to remain open - hurrah!!

PATRICIA CAMPER to leave Talawa Theatre Company


WILTONS are turned down by the Heritage Lottery Fund!!

GIANT OLIVE THEATRE CO talks to Tom Wicker about celebrating women playwrights, performers, directors and designers as part of the Gaea Theatre Festival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.....

TOM WICKER talks to the creators of an uncompromising new play about the death of Baha Mousa...

RoAm Productions and Madison Theatre Company talk to Tom Wicker about RUMOURS.....

THRILL ME transfers to Charing Cross Theatre from 17 May to 11 June!

Tom Wicker talks to JAMES HADDRELL about the new Emerging Artists season, Greenwich's break with the past and the problem with pigeons....

CATRIONA MCLAUGHLIN tackles life and directing while staging IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART....


How far would you go for love? THRILL ME tests you until 30th April at Tristan Bates

JOSIE ROURKE appointed new Artistic Director of The Donmar

Award-winning NEIL MCPHERSON talks candidly to Tom Wicker

HOMOS PROMOS: Peter Scott-Presland talks to Tom Wicker



Sisters Cindy and Sheila Rhyme are updating Alice in Wonderland at The Courtyard....

MATTHEW CRITCHFIELD and JAZZ FLAHERTY talk about The Black Death, conspiracy and friendship...............

OFFIE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED after a day of contention, controversy and too much coffee.....

ANTHONY ABUAH talks about putting his heart and soul into writing....


Interview with writer Philip Ridley


JAMES BURN introduces Legacy Burns

HOW NOT TO RUN A FRINGE THEATRE Part 1 in an endless new series.....

POLIS LOIZOU talks about life, art and CLOTHES TO FALL APART IN

Glenn Chandler and Scouts In Bondage

What is Paul Clarkson doing at The Union?

Bill Bankes-Jones talks about Salad Days and surfing

Carole Carpenter on tour with Jane Austen

Dan Barnard is SHOOTING RATS at an epic new venue

Zimbabwe-born David Dinnell talks about HOW TO COOK A COUNTRY

Director Sarah Norman talks to us from The Finborough

Amy Molloy Interviewed (appearing in Kitty & Damnation at the Lion & Unicorn from 11 Aug 2009 to 12 Sep 2009)

Charlotte Gwinner talks about ANGLE

Kenneth Emson talks about Whispering Happiness and what inspires him....


Paolo Rotondo talks from New Zealand

Writer Stephen M Hunt wishes he had written Slueth


Andrew Olay talks about inspiration, character amd Tom Courtney

Ellie Turner performs with LOVE&MADNESS

Sondheim's Saturday Night with Helena Blackman

Alistair Green directs The Thingumywotsit at The Hen & Chickens

Racky Plews directs Into The Woods

Robert Lloyd Parry is at Baron's Court

Interview with The Umbilical Brothers at The Leicester Square Theatre

Interview with Iain Pears at The Riverside Studios

Interview with Tim Roseman directing Overspill

Interview with Melanie Wilson

Interview with Gillian Plowman, author of Yours Abundantly, From Zimbabwe

Interview with Alex Helfrecht

Interview with Michael Gieleta

Interview with director Rhys Thomas

Interview with writer James Graham

Theatre Student Patricia Low posts her Malaysia Blog

Sabina Arthur performs in Under The Veil

Fin Kennedy talks about UNSTATED

Interview with Andrew Keatley

Interview with Ben Hales

Interview with Ali Taylor

Interview with Matt Ball

Interview with Tim Fountain

Interview with Glyn Maxwell

Interview with writer Coda Quashie

Interview with Sarah Mann

Interview with Yolanda Mpele

Interview with Howard Barker

Interview with Brian Timoney

Interview with Laura Stevens

Interview with John Sandy

Interview with Philly Greenwood

Interview with Dean Stalham

Interview with Jack McNamara

Interview with Caroline Partridge

Meet People Show artist Gareth Brierley

Interview with George Mann

Meet Phillip Brook, star of Uncle Barry at the Blue Elephant

Interview with Fin Kennedy

Interview with James Graham

Marketers On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown V

Interview with Cath Whitefield, now appearing at The Gate

Interview with Lavern Archer

Royal Court Announces Autumn Season

Marketers On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown IV

Marketing Managers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown III

Marketers On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown II

Marketers On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Arcola to Create World's First Carbon Neutral Theatre

Interview with Nell Leyshon, Writer of Glass Eels at the Hampstead Theatre

A New Start for the Southwark Playhouse

The Mark Shenton Show

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