The Feather in the Web | Meet The Team

The Feather in the Web | Meet The Team


My name is Nick Coyle and I wrote The Feather in the Web. My name’s Ben and I have the privilege to be the director of The Feather in the Web. Hi I’m Michelle Lim Davidson and I’m playing Lily. In some ways it’s a kind of a mash-up of known forms, it’s a coming-of-age story, it’s a love story, but it’s taken these recognisable forms and twisted them into new kinds of variations that defy definition, description and experience. The idea started with, it was a pretty simple idea it was just, I just thought it’d be interesting to see a girl on stage who did whatever she wanted whenever she wanted with no thought about the repercussions. So that was the premise, just, set up scenes, set up familiar theatrical situations and have a girl come in and ruin it. We have assembled a really wonderful team of performers for this piece that probably in many ways are not the usual suspects for these kind of roles, and the fact that we’ve got performers that are not cast along type lines but along the lines of their extraordinary humanity and intelligence and humour means that watching them meet the text is incredibly exciting. The main character I play is Lily and Lily works in the corporate world. I’ve got this kind of idea at the moment that she has two different realities, kind of the life that she maybe posts on Instagram, you know: Live, Love, Life, all that kind of thing… Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Champagne! That kind of idea, but actually she really is kind of suppressing who she really is inside in order to live up to this image that she’s created, or that, you know, she thinks people expect of her. I didn’t intend to write a bonkers play, but I think having a play like this on at Griffin is hopefully part of its power, because the audience are practically in the show and it’s happening so close to them, and theatre is so intimate, I think it makes for a really immersive theatrical experience. I think it’s great that Griffin’s programming a play like this because it is so different and unexpected.

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