The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 8 November 1989

The Curse of Fenric

‘I Want That Man’ – Debbie Harry

Records needed:

‘SHADOW OF LOVE’ by The Damned
GIFT by The Sisterhood
And, possibly,
THE WIZARD OF OZ soundtrack

DOCTOR WHO: THE CURSE OF FENRIC episode three was fantastic.

It’s gone beyond tacky sci-fi + become something much stronger.

My room is lovely.


‘Another Day In Paradise’ – Phil Collins

Working on MP is very different to working on The Chinese Play.  This time around I have a clearer vision of what it is I want (more or less).  I’m more disciplined than I was.  I’m also more determined to take no hassle from anyone and get on with what needs to be done to create a success.  Even if I’m not ENTIRELY in control of what’s going on then I need to LOOK as if I am.

Luckily, the cast are picking up on my ideas and I’m having to admit to myself that some of the people in the cast don’t actually want to be actors (they are on the course for other reasons) and I’m having to cut them some slack, even though it damages the work to some extent.

At its simplest, I’ve broken the play down to a simple struggle between purity (Fanny) and decadence (the Crawfords).  It’s crude, but it helps get across the ideas in the novel and the script (written by Larry).  I’m just trying to spice things up a little and make the whole thing interesting to look at.  I think I’ve definitely taken on board the Berkoff stuff, but I think I’ve given it something of my own too, bringing in elements of Comedie de l’arte, pantomime, mime, dance, and even a few things I learnt from watching the Kathakali dance troupe.

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Next time: ‘Don’t drop bombs…’

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