So I’ve been in residence at beautiful 57a for 6 days now and I’m having a great time. What’s better than having the space and time to pursue the one thing you love to do? No TV, no internet (except for the cafe where I’m writing this post), no distractions, just me and my pen/paper/laptop, oh and a book of writing exercises in case I get stuck.
I’ve just finished the 3rd draft of the full length play that I’m working on. It’s only 40 pages but it’s stuffed full of intense psychological drama, dramatic moments of tension and a few complicated, but if pulled off, beautiful stage images if I do say so myself. Edward Albee isn’t the only person who can write a goat into his play 🙂
This play is mainly set in Africa and it looks at a young African girl who want’s to be the Pastor of her church. However, due to traditions her father upholds and the local community she’s reduced to the role of caretaker and general assistant. But then, Graeme from London starts as trainee Pastor and when she’s passed over for promotion things escalate… How far would you go to get what you want? Especially if it feels like no-one will help you, and the whole world is against you? What would you do?
‘I place before you the head of my godless enemies.’
Yes, before you ask, blood is spilt, but hopefully in an imaginative and provocative exploration of how the disenfranchised and the duped can gain power… or at least that’s the idea.
The actors with Jen are arriving on Monday for a new read-through and a day of investigation. Does what I’ve written hold-water? We’ll see. (Part of it’s set in a river so that’s probably a bad joke).
Anyway, I’ve finally got the evening off and then I’m working on the Debra Project tomorrow. Director Sharon Burrell from To the Moon and I have a Pinterest board so we can share our ideas. Currently I’m thinking a lot about rabbits, Alice in Wonderland, and how difficult it is to find an easy way out of the ties that make us look backwards rather than forwards into the light. Take a look at the Pinterst board here. I’ll let you know how I get on.
From a sunny and warm 57a