‘Boys and Girls’ – The Human League
After a lazy hiatus from my writing, I began sketching out further ideas for THE CHINESE PLAY. I’m trying to create a play that doesn’t look too contrived. By the same token, I don’t want to simply confine the drama to the incidents and conversations as they actually happened (despite the project’s remit); I’d like to exaggerate the truth and also add some fantasy sequences that are based on the reality. I want a blend, a blur, in which truth and untruth are indistinguishable; where the difference between fact and fiction is never overtly apparent.
Already some people are referring to the script as a comedy. But it isn’t, no way. It’s simply a drama with humour; an exaggerated biographical observation of true events. What it really is, is a map of my mind and an analysis of my love for Flash. A love letter, maybe. It’s full of characters we’ve met and situations we’ve fouled.
Actually, in some respects, I think I’ve failed with the characters. I had perceived them to be original, but already students and tutors are imposing British stereotypes upon them, likening them to already established literary characters which is astounding.
Success for the whole thing will really hinge upon the connection between myself as the director, and the actors. I know I don’t want them to be strictly bound to the script if it’s going to inhibit any flickers of brilliance they may wish to bring to their roles. The script is but a basis for the work. It’s important that – even though I’m the writer, director and producer – the characters aren’t solely ‘mine’; they need to be owned by the respective performers also. The actors need to bring themselves to the role, which is why careful casting is crucial.
From Larry Goodgirl I have negotiated two dates for performances in the NORCAT Drama Studio (February 9th + 10th). I have also ‘engaged’ Donna Davidson as Assistant Producer/Assistant Director.
During the afternoon, I wrote a scene involving ‘Flash’ and his Careers Teacher, which I was very pleased with. Then I got on with casting interviews. I spoke to all interested Drama Department students, but didn’t ask for audition pieces. I chose to judge them based on personality, how they looked, and on previous works I had seen them in. I was asked to ensure my casting had some room for students that might not normally be given the best opportunities.
It’s perhaps a mistake (yet again!) to make THE CHINESE PLAY a springboard/opportunity programme for other students, but if I didn’t it could very easily become more self-indulgent than it already is. Having committed to this path, I am already wondering whether or not any future shows I produce might be better served by me prioritising the success of the work, rather than running a YTS for disenfranchised students.
Dear diary, it’s:
a quarter past seven.
‘Alabama Song’ – The Doors
Life is wonderful, despite the obvious fact that we are approaching our Apocalypse. Danny agrees with me that this is, as pointed out in Crisis magazine, tribulation – the process of destruction prior to our annihilation. Should be sad, I suppose. The signs are all there: FAMINE, CONFLICTS, DISASTERS, EARTHQUAKES, VIOLENCE, etc. Chemical weapons are extremely topical at the moment. And all the political tensions (eg. America/Libya) seem to be casting a shadow of imminent war upon us.
So, why aren’t we all scared? Acceptance, I guess. Since the end of World War II the world has grown tired of cowering in fear of a final END, coming to accept that fearful possibility as a fact of life. It’s become an issue hardly worth losing sleep over. We are in a period of simply ‘making the most of it’. Most of us are like kids, being pushed about by adults who hold all the power; administrators and leaders telling us what to do; leaders devoid of love or even vivacity.
To tell you the truth, I’m ecstatically happy with MY life. What a wonderful treasure it is. Work has recommenced on THE CHINESE PLAY, and everything looks positive: two performances at 2pm on 9th + 10th Feb, and further shows during the first week of April. I wrote a lovely piece today about ‘Flash’’s subject options at A-level. Sorry, Flash; twisted your life a little beyond the truth, but never you mind – it’s damned good!
THE CAST WILL BE (as far as I can remember…)
Ritcherd J. Winterfood
Lee-Anne Jones, Jolene Morse, Kenneth Farnham
A green man in a tie…
A smiley man…
‘Hate My Way’ – Throwing Muses
I dreamt of Sinead last nite.
Donna’s letter finally arrived today. The post must be useless.
Charlotte Kneale is another of the Earth’s treasures. Her beautiful long hair + wonderful glowing features tantalised my soul today. Donna feels Sophie might ‘like’ me. I find this hard to believe.
DO I CARE?
Clarissa was extremely sociable today. I told her of THE CHINESE PLAY. I told Astra Trellis of THE CHINESE PLAY. I TOLD ALL OF THE CHINESE PLAY!
I love college once again. Thank the heavens the work is now flowing in.
Goodbye acid house...
‘Subterranean Caves’ – Radiophonic Workshop
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF ‘DOCTOR WHO’
The Happiness Patrol
The Sontaran Experiment by Ian Marter
TOP THREE OTHER SF/FANTASY TV SERIES
‘Vicky’s Box’ – Throwing Muses
…Only in my head…
BREAD AND CIRCUSES
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Next time: ‘Song and Dance…’