Lucia Cox is a writer, producer and director. Her theatre company, House of Orphans, has produced work for the 24:7 Theatre Festival and Replay Festival. It has also been nominated for an MTA and been selected for the prestigious Brits off Broadway 2015. Lucia is the theatre editor for Northern Soul and writes for BBC Learning. She is a regular workshop leader for theatre-based projects at HOME.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of the arts?
My mum used to sit me down in front of old films like The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind and tell me they’d change my life. They did. My parents loved theatre so I was lucky enough to be taken to lots of musicals as a child. Once I realised you could actually do this for a living, that was it. I was hooked.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
There are lots of things that interest me, so I can’t really say that one person has been the biggest influence on my career. Burnley Youth Theatre was a big part of the start of my life in the arts, as was my old drama teacher at school (who also nurtured the likes of Lee Ingleby and John Simm). Being interested in lots of things has taught me that anything is possible. I love art, music, film and theatre, but I also love poetry, which influences a lot of my work. I love nature and the countryside. Everything feeds into what I do. I’m a magpie, really. I take ideas from everywhere.
Which cultural figure would you most like to buy a pie and a pint?
Do they have to be living? Can I take Lewis Carroll for some grub? I’d ask what he would write now, given his time on earth again. Would he be eager to write a novel so magical and full of wonder, or would he write things that reflect today’s society and its children, like the books by Jacqueline Wilson. I’d also like to sit him down in front of the many film adaptations of his book to see what he thought of them. I bet he’d have a thing or two to say about Tim Burton’s efforts. Saying that, he may not like Jan Švankmajer’s adaptation either, which I love. I wonder if he’d have rubbed along nicely with Disney’s version, too. More importantly, I’d ask him if he’d collaborate with me on a new theatre piece for children. Basically, what I’m saying is I’d be trying to impress him enough to work with me.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Oh, that’s difficult. If I could go to the theatre every night, I’d say that, especially big budget musicals. But crap telly has to be up there. Food Network is fairly addicitive, and bad films. I’ll literally watch any film apart from Interstellar, which I saw once too many times.