An Interview with Caitlin Driscoll, Gemma James-Smith & Karen Woolridge of MY TREASURE ISLAND!!! on now until November 16th

 

The women of Johnson Girls’ MY TREASURE ISLAND!!! (Caitlin Driscoll, Gemma James-Smith and Karen Woolridge) discuss children’s books, inspiration, life-advice and the ultimate playlist to get you in the mood for the show. 

 

TPM: What childhood book would you say had the most impact on your life (or that you connected with the most/wished your life was more like)?

 

GEMMA: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It was my first experience with heartbreak and I still get choked up thinking about it. I also have a very difficult time throwing away stuffed animals. 

 

CAITLIN: I read a LOT of books about dragons and magic and unicorns. When I was about Jim Hawkins age I read a series of books called The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce, about a girl who pretended to be a boy so she could learn to use magic and become a knight. That pretty much sums up everything I wished/wish my life was like. I really really wanted to have a secret identity… and magical powers.

 

TPM: Tell us a bit about the show and your characters.

 

GEMMA: The show follows a frustrated young woman (played by Caitlin) who is utterly fed up with her lacklustre boyfriend, meaningless jobs, and the petty dramas of her family. In an effort to change her life, she decides it’s time to stop being a polite good girl and start acting like a full blown pirate: there will be casualties. I play the boyfriend, boss, BFF, sister, mom, and a Stephen King fan – all articulated through a large parrot puppet that I built with the help of my wonderful husband, Gil Garratt.

 

TPM: What has been the most surprising/interesting aspect about working on this adaptation as young female artists?

 

CAITLIN: It was really fascinating to work as an ensemble spanning different generations. The book deals with different generational attitudes and I loved that all of us working on this project had our own unique perspectives to offer to the piece, which ultimately made for a really enriching rehearsal/workshop experience.

 

TPM: What inspires you as an artist in Toronto?

 

CAITLIN: Lately, I am so inspired by audiences in Toronto. There are some hardcore theatre lovers out there and it’s an incredible community. And first time theatre-goers too! I’ve had the most amazing and insightful chats with audience members after shows.

 

TPM: The show’s context is a 20-something trying to find purpose in her life. What’s the best life-advice you’ve ever gotten and would like to pass along?

 

CAITLIN: “Don’t make decisions out of fear” (but if you are scared of rollercoasters, or millipedes or styrofoam, you do NOT have to go there, and no one should force you).

 

GEMMA: Recognize opportunity when it shows itself and then don’t fuck it up. 

 

TPM: If the audience could listen to a song or playlist before seeing the show, what should it be?

 

KAREN: You can start with the show’s playlist: Taylor Swift (Shake it Off; 22), Mumford & Sons (Little Lion Man), Beyoncé (Naughty Girl; Diva), Ed Sheeran (Sing; Shirtsleeves; Little Bird; Bloodstream; Lego House) and Skrillex (Bangarang; Kyoto).

TPM: If you could pitch the show to an audience in 10 words or less what would they be?  

 

KAREN: Young woman re-designs her life after a boy’s book.

 


 

MY TREASURE ISLAND!!!

 

Produced by Johnson Girls
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille
Directed by Kate Lynch
Starring Caitlin Driscoll and Gemma James-Smith

 

On now until November 16th in the TPM Backspace

 

Tickets:

$17-38 Wednesday – Sunday

PWYC Saturday & Sunday 2pm Matinees (**limited available)

Secure your seat todayhttps://www.artsboxoffice.ca/scripts/max/2000/maxweb.exe?ACTION=ORDER&MAXWEB_127.0.0.1_2213=#TREASURE

 


Don’t just take our word for it. What People are Saying:

 

 

FOUR STARS (out of five) “If you could use a good 70 minutes of laughter, then My Treasure Island!!! is just what you need.” – Stage Door
Read the review here.
 

“a quirky, sweet, entertaining night in the theatre” – Lynn Slotkin
Read the review here.

 
“My Treasure Island!!! is a spoof of female-empowerment tales, but an insightful one, with an outrageously egotistical central character who could be an extreme version of Girls’ creator Lena Dunham’s confused twentysomethings.” – The Globe and Mail 
Read the interview “Sisters Who Swashbuckle” here.
 
“unapologetically hilarious theatre… Caitlin Driscoll as Our Girl was an engaging and highly entertaining storyteller… All of the other characters, including Our Girl’s mother, sister, boss, best friend and boyfriend, are played by Gemma James-Smith through Little Richard the parrot, and the voices and personalities she gave to each were hysterical and impressive…Karen Woolridge’s script is quick, surprising and incredibly funny” 
– Mooney on Theatre
Read the review here.

 

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An Interview with Caitlin Driscoll, Gemma James-Smith & Karen Woolridge of MY TREASURE ISLAND!!! on now until November 16th

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The women of Johnson Girls’ MY TREASURE ISLAND!!! (Caitlin Driscoll, Gemma James-Smith and Karen Woolridge) discuss children’s books, inspiration, life-advice and the ultimate playlist to get you in the mood for the show. 

 

TPM: What childhood book would you say had the most impact on your life (or that you connected with the most/wished your life was more like)?

 

GEMMA: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It was my first experience with heartbreak and I still get choked up thinking about it. I also have a very difficult time throwing away stuffed animals. 

 

CAITLIN: I read a LOT of books about dragons and magic and unicorns. When I was about Jim Hawkins age I read a series of books called The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce, about a girl who pretended to be a boy so she could learn to use magic and become a knight. That pretty much sums up everything I wished/wish my life was like. I really really wanted to have a secret identity… and magical powers.

 

TPM: Tell us a bit about the show and your characters.

 

GEMMA: The show follows a frustrated young woman (played by Caitlin) who is utterly fed up with her lacklustre boyfriend, meaningless jobs, and the petty dramas of her family. In an effort to change her life, she decides it’s time to stop being a polite good girl and start acting like a full blown pirate: there will be casualties. I play the boyfriend, boss, BFF, sister, mom, and a Stephen King fan – all articulated through a large parrot puppet that I built with the help of my wonderful husband, Gil Garratt.

 

TPM: What has been the most surprising/interesting aspect about working on this adaptation as young female artists?

 

CAITLIN: It was really fascinating to work as an ensemble spanning different generations. The book deals with different generational attitudes and I loved that all of us working on this project had our own unique perspectives to offer to the piece, which ultimately made for a really enriching rehearsal/workshop experience.

 

TPM: What inspires you as an artist in Toronto?

 

CAITLIN: Lately, I am so inspired by audiences in Toronto. There are some hardcore theatre lovers out there and it’s an incredible community. And first time theatre-goers too! I’ve had the most amazing and insightful chats with audience members after shows.

 

TPM: The show’s context is a 20-something trying to find purpose in her life. What’s the best life-advice you’ve ever gotten and would like to pass along?

 

CAITLIN: “Don’t make decisions out of fear” (but if you are scared of rollercoasters, or millipedes or styrofoam, you do NOT have to go there, and no one should force you).

 

GEMMA: Recognize opportunity when it shows itself and then don’t fuck it up. 

 

TPM: If the audience could listen to a song or playlist before seeing the show, what should it be?

 

KAREN: You can start with the show’s playlist: Taylor Swift (Shake it Off; 22), Mumford & Sons (Little Lion Man), Beyoncé (Naughty Girl; Diva), Ed Sheeran (Sing; Shirtsleeves; Little Bird; Bloodstream; Lego House) and Skrillex (Bangarang; Kyoto).

TPM: If you could pitch the show to an audience in 10 words or less what would they be?  

 

KAREN: Young woman re-designs her life after a boy’s book.

 


 

MY TREASURE ISLAND!!!

 

Produced by Johnson Girls
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille
Directed by Kate Lynch
Starring Caitlin Driscoll and Gemma James-Smith

 

On now until November 16th in the TPM Backspace

 

Tickets:

$17-38 Wednesday – Sunday

PWYC Saturday & Sunday 2pm Matinees (**limited available)

Secure your seat todayhttps://www.artsboxoffice.ca/scripts/max/2000/maxweb.exe?ACTION=ORDER&MAXWEB_127.0.0.1_2213=#TREASURE

 


Don’t just take our word for it. What People are Saying:

 

 

FOUR STARS (out of five) “If you could use a good 70 minutes of laughter, then My Treasure Island!!! is just what you need.” – Stage Door
Read the review here.
 

“a quirky, sweet, entertaining night in the theatre” – Lynn Slotkin
Read the review here.

 
“My Treasure Island!!! is a spoof of female-empowerment tales, but an insightful one, with an outrageously egotistical central character who could be an extreme version of Girls’ creator Lena Dunham’s confused twentysomethings.” – The Globe and Mail 
Read the interview “Sisters Who Swashbuckle” here.
 
“unapologetically hilarious theatre… Caitlin Driscoll as Our Girl was an engaging and highly entertaining storyteller… All of the other characters, including Our Girl’s mother, sister, boss, best friend and boyfriend, are played by Gemma James-Smith through Little Richard the parrot, and the voices and personalities she gave to each were hysterical and impressive…Karen Woolridge’s script is quick, surprising and incredibly funny” 
– Mooney on Theatre
Read the review here.