Elizabeth: The inspiration for Apex Predator came from
Lucretia: Who are you talking to?
E: Fest Magazine. They're interviewing us and I'm practising. You should try it sometime.
L: And you call me the idiot.
E: Anyway, Apex Predator is about what it would be like to feel completely safe in a place like a dark alley because you’re the most dangerous thing in that alley. Most women can tell you a story of feeling unsafe in public spaces, on dark streets, even during the day. And I wondered what it would be like to never have to feel that way.
L: It’s me! I’m the Apex Predator. We named the show after me!
E: Yes, it’s very much a black comedy, a ludicrous exploration of the fantasy of being completely safe in a dark alley. Lucretia is the self-styled 'Apex Predator', who turns the tables on sexual predators.
L: Predators! Where?!
E: When I went to clown school the whole process was brand new to me. Clowns are essentially idiots, that’s what makes them funny, and your clown is a comic persona that's totally unique to you, born out of your experiences. I wasn't expecting mine to be a charming psychopath who dispatches predators, but here she is.
L: I was a big surprise!
E: My teacher's technique was to find the story your body wants to tell. I went to clown school after escaping an abusive relationship, and I think Lucretia is my bodily response to that, part of how I processed a traumatic experience. She's my anger manifested.
L: But I’m not angry, I’m having a great time! Elizabeth thinks too much. You know the expression 'the cart before the horse'? With Elizabeth, the cart is five miles down the road and the horse is dead.
E: That’s true, I wanted to make this show because I’m tired of being afraid, but Lucretia wanted to make it because it’s fun and she’s a clown. Because it has these two sides, people respond to it in different ways. Three different reviews have described it as "not everyone’s cup of tea", I think that’s unanimous.
L: (cackles) I’m definitely not for everyone.