Acacia Hall (10433 – 83 avenue) August 15, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24
An interview with Cat Walsh
Describe your show in five words.
Insomniac’s obsession becomes a nightmare.
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?
A woman who works the night shift finds herself unable to sleep during the day. Following a confrontation with a neighbour, her attempt to apologize takes her down a dark path of obsession and revenge. As her grip on waking life becomes more tenuous, the situation quickly escalates out of her control.
This is your first solo show – what drew you to try out this show format?
This has been a goal of mine for a long time! The solo format is exciting, challenging… and terrifying, because it’s just you creating the whole world of the play. As a playwright who’s also an actor, it’s a great chance to create work for myself, and to play a different type of role than I’ve previously been cast in.
You say the show was inspired by real-life events – can you tell us a bit more about some of those events?
The show definitely juxtaposes that anonymity and intimacy of highrise living– having many neighbours you’ve never met, yet constantly being aware of them and what they’re doing. I have lived in a lot of apartments, with a lot of intense neighbours– from the guy who believed he could communicate with the CIA by slipping written communiques under my door, to the fellow who shaved all his hair off and left it in a ziploc bag in the hall.
The inspiration for this particular play was the neighbour who was certain that James’ and my key worked for her apartment too, and that we were able to let ourselves in to her place at will.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
If you’re thinking the show sounds rather dark and a bit creepy– you’re correct! But there’s a good dose of black humour running through it as well.
The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe is August 14 – 24. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.