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SiS Storyteller Profile: Finegan Kruckemeyer

How would you describe what you do?

I write stories – mostly for young audiences, mostly in play form, mostly imagined. And sometimes not.

What do you love most about what you do?

The fact that I have a job doing the thing I love. The stories will always fill my head, the writing of them will always fill my days, the sharing of them will always fill me with pleasure – so to have this be called my profession is a ridiculous gift.

Who in your industry inspires you the most and why?

Suzanne Lebeau is a Quebecois writer who has done the thing I do better and for longer, so I happily walk in her literary footsteps (and those of many others too).

What’s the most memorable story you’ve been involved in telling?

One play – This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing – has proven memorable ironically because it seems to be creating ever-new memories. It keeps having new seasons, in new lands and new languages, and often I hear from ensembles in faraway places about what the work means to them. As such, while I usually equate memory with something historical and past, the ones generated by this script seem to sit more comfortably in the present.

Why do you think telling stories is important?

Not because of the mouth, but rather the ears. Stories matter because there are always audiences (in theatres and cinemas and chairs all by themselves) waiting to hear them. I honestly believe humanity’s appetite for stories in insatiable – and that pleases me so much.

What are you working on right now?

Ironically, given the strange times we’re in, a play called Hibernation about the entire world going to sleep for one year, and then discovering the world in which they wake up. I started writing it some weeks before Covid reared its head, and the world has proven to be my dramaturg (though not my inspiration – literalism feels too heavy-handed right now) ever since.

Please link us to a piece of work you’re most proud of.

My tastes change, as I’m sure do all of yours, so I will simply link to a recent thing – a short meditation on grief and healing, written long ago as a scene in a play which was never used, then handed to a wonderful friend Andy who brought it to life with watercolours. Last month, feeling it was ready, we shared it with the world. Hope you enjoy.

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