Edinburgh Preview: Luke Barnes on All We Ever Wanted Was Everything / by Declan Maloney Drummond

Great title. What’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything about?

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is actually a song by Bauhaus (check it out it's great) that we felt summed up our generations place. The play is about UK Millennials - promised the world up by Tony Blair and graduating into Cameron's Austerity... All We Ever Wanted Was Everything but we got nothing... And how do we cope with that?

How did you begin working with Middle Child and how was the collaboration developed over time?

Middle Child are my favorite theatre company hands down. The collaboration began 4 years ago when we made a show together called Weekend Rockstars. The idea was to make work that was "A Good Night Out" so we made a gig show... That evolved into Ten Storey Love Song the following year and All We Ever Wanted is that on steroids. Over time we've honed what our idea of "A Good Night Out" is. And... We've become friends.

Most importantly we've found what it is we want to make - gig-theatre - a lot of people claim they make gig theatre but it's either a play with some songs in or a gig with a bit of staging. What we make is a genuine fusion of the two. And we're super proud of it.

The play is being published by Oberon. How did you get involved with them?

Oberon got in touch in 2012 about my play EISTEDFODD I made at HighTide festival. They then published Chapel Street and Bottleneck... Then The Saints.. Then Ten Storey Love Song and now this. And one more this year. I think they're a fantastically generous and friendly company and all young playwrights should work with them.

What are your favorite things to do in Edinburgh?

In Edinburgh: Climb Arthurs Seat at Dawn. It's amazing. There's a Spanish pirate themed restaurant everyone should go to and the all you can eat oh and there's an all you can eat Indian place than I went to once and could never find again that was incredible. Dancing - Cab Voltaire (if you like that sort of thing). The other side of Arthur's Seat is gorgeous too - there's some beautiful water.

What’s next for you?

Next up for me is... NO ONE WILL TELL ME HOW TO START A REVOLUTION at the Hampstead Theatre in London. I'm very excited about it.