Q/ Firstly, can you tell us what Scream Phone is about?
Kerrie Thomason (KT): Without giving too much away, Scream Phone is a spoof horror musical, which starts as an innocent sleepover for three American teens, however you'll quickly learn not everything is what it seems.
When the mysterious voice coming from the Dream Phone takes a sinister turn, from playful riddles to terrifying threats, will the girls work out who's behind all of it before it's too late?
Natasha Granger (NG): Think 'Scream' meets 'Clueless' with an 80s inspired soundtrack!
Q/ Can you tell us about the characters you play?
NG: The characters in Scream Phone are based on the stereotypes you see in every rom-com and horror movie from the 80s and 90s.
Yes we've seen these characters before but that's part of what makes them so funny!
There's the bitchy cheerleader, the dumb naive one, and the nervous nerd but they all have…wait for it…a dark secret! Dun dun DUUUNN!
Q/ Scream Phone draws extensively on culture from the late 20th century. What inspired the show, and what were your biggest references and influences?
NG: Scream Phone all came about one night when me and Kerrie were staying in my childhood room drinking wine, and playing my favourite game as a kid; Dream Phone.
For those who don't know the game, it's like Cluedo but instead of the lead piping there's a giant pink phone, and instead of a murderer you"re working out who your crush is.
It is brilliant but also a little bit sinister, hence why we thought it would make a brilliant theme for a horror musical.
We love old slasher films like Scream and Halloween and find the tropes and clichés so funny, so mixing that with a banging 80s pop playlist was a winner for us!
Q/ Your previously acclaimed show, 2 Become 1, focused on girl groups and female friendship, and Scream Phone has similar themes. Why is it important to you to stage female-centric stories?
NG: We write what we would love to see, and it is so important to us to champion women's stories and put them front stage and centre. Women are HILARIOUS, yet men still dominate the comedy circuit, so we want to create funny, female-led theatre that breaks boundaries and is also an excellent night out.
Q/ What's been the most surprising to you about drawing from the horror/video nasties genre?
(KT): The most surprising thing about drawing from our favourite horror films was just how easy it was to transfer the classic horror clichés into comedy.
I think it plays a lot into the characters' reactions to the situations forced upon them which create these hilarious scenarios - ignoring the overpowering threat of death to argue about who's the prettiest so "should die first" is an example that springs to mind.
Scream Phone at Komedia Brighton on Friday 26th November 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets.