Phil Porter was commissioned through the 2011/12 Soho Six. He mentioned he had always been interested in surveillance and the intersections of London lives and ended up writing a perfectly formed modern love story that captures the obsession and inter-connectedness of two otherwise normal, strangers. Phil explains that the Soho Six ‘encouraged [writers] to look at the entire programme of the theatre, including comedy, cabaret and other types of live performance and to allow [them] to be influenced by that work.’
The first ten pages of the script arrived in August of 2011 and it was entitled Just Watch Me. We met Jonah and Sophie, learned about their lives and immediately felt invested in them as characters as well as tickled by the quirky, deadpan delivery style. New drafts emerged through the autumn and in March 2012, Joe Murphy, Artistic Director of Nabokov, one of our Associate Companies, directed a reading of the at our partner venue, Newcastle Live.
Soon after this, the title changed to Blink and the play was presented in a co-production with nabokov, under Joe’s direction first at the Traverse in Edinburgh before returning to Soho.
It returns to Soho for another run in December 2013 after being performed in India at our partner venue there, Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore.
This process perfectly captures Soho’s aim: to commission and develop plays with a long-term commitment to the work; to encourage writers to stretch their stories across disciplines, to share our best work with our Associate Companies and our partner venues, both in the UK and abroad.