The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 12 November 1990

Making Plans with Jodie

‘Wildflower’ – The Cult

Tonite, Johnny and I went to Barnes Bysea to see Jodie Ratcliffe and discuss the future of the SITUATION THEATRE COMPANY.  She had a lot of excellent research and information ready for us.  She’s done a good job and she says that if nothing better comes along after she leaves BARNES BYSEA THEATRE, then she’d like to be part of the company.  I went over the ideas I’d like to project and my finished script of FRANKENSTEIN.  Jodie convinced me that we ought to get on with it ASAP and employ other eager parties as a PROFIT-SHARE organisation (hopefully with EASTERN ARTS backing).  This would mean working on our ultimate ambition, whilst getting Equity cards and getting sows out and gaining further experience.  Ideally we’d work our way through as many venues as we can on the path to Edinburgh and other FRINGE FESTIVALS.  Julian wants us to remain as a trio, working schools with his adaptation of DORIAN GREY and get cards doing that.  From there he feels we should then employ people and then do a tour of FRANKENSTEIN in ’91.  I wasn’t terribly keen on that idea, but in the end we all agreed that DORIAN GREY might be a tough sell, whereas FRANKENSTEIN would have pulling power, particularly with funding organisations as I’ve tied the script to ‘green’ issues and implications.  Jodie says she thinks it’s a great script and great idea, ‘challenging and powerful’.  Anyway, just to add further complicated dimensions to how the SITUATION THEATRE COMPANY ought to proceed, Johnny also has a different philosophy of approach in mind.  He has worked out a slightly dodgier way of our getting Equity cards – involving the masons – and then form a company to do FRANKENSTEIN.  I’m wary of that for obvious (legal?) reasons.  Johnny’s intentions aren’t all that clear to me, I must admit.
The evening concluded with a surprise visit from Tracey Joyce which was as impromptu as it was great fun.  She’s currently joining a band in Newcastle.
‘Upside Down’ – The Jesus and Mary Chain
I’m staying the nite at Amy Neat’s in King’s Lynn.
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