Johnny McKnight discusses The Incredible Adventures of See Thru Sam
The play will transplant a superhero story into an average secondary school
It’s the story of an ordinary boy with the extraordinary power of invisibility. But there’s a snag: his powers seem to be on the wane. ‘I’m a bit of a geek about superheroes,’ McKnight says, and so, inevitably, the play ‘is totally influenced by the mythology of that whole world.’ But rather than taking place in Gotham City, it’s mapped on to the familiar setting of your average secondary school. ‘I wanted to create this sense that if the school is the metropolis, who’s the villain? Who’s the love interest? It’s fitting these archetypes into the school scenario.’
But there’s a darker side, too, and a chance to explore the super fantasy in the light of grim real life. ‘Superheroes often have tragic back stories,’ McKnight continues, ‘So it’s looking at the reality of that, and how you might use the idea of being a superhero to deal with grief.’
Various venues Thur 20 Sep–Sat 20 Oct.