Completed a version of the treatment for stageplay the wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Next step is to read it, then final tweaks before I send it off to TWP to comment on. A month ahead of schedule which is nice for me.
Check out these videos. Lots of Fela music. I’m watching them trying to get snatches of moments that are about the singers and dancers and not the man, but lots of really interesting moments that can be used for set design and character study and music design.
Interesting that some of the videos have had hundred’s of thousands of views!! So there’s an audience out there.
My August Wilson Century Cycle order arrived yesterday (in a nice little box) so looking forward to digging into that. Will post my reflections intermittently.
Attending Making History Day at the Lakeside theatre. Organised by Theatre Writing Partnership. Speakers are Gearoid o’ Cuinn (photographer), Jonathan Chadwick (Theatre Maker), Sarah Grochala (Playwright), and Maysoon Pachachi (Film maker)
Lots of really interesting observation about the natureof photography, complicity, engagement, plotical activity, and Witness. Day is provoked by Stephen Lowe play Smile which also looks at similar issues.
Just been sent this link by a german company. They have developed a writing tool that seeks to develop understanding of the writing process. Damn was my first reaction when seeing it. I now have to push quicker onto the second element of the tool I envisage which is about feedback.
Went to see Smile at the Lakeside Arts Centre last night. The idea about being a ‘witness’ to events came up in the post show discussion. Again got me thinking of my responsibility to ‘the wives’ . David Freeman would call this a slam to my FLBW.
Incidentally I have found a name of one of the wives now but amazing how difficult it is to find out any solid information.
Also the new wordpress feature that points out other sites with similar postings/tags. Interesting that there are still alot of postings, discussion, all over the world about Fela despite it being ten years after his death.
See attached an early version of the writing tool I am developing.
Download the powerpoint slide and have a go. Please feed comments back onto this journal.
Had an interesting chat with a friend yesterday and she reminded me of the responsibility I have to the wives, to remember that these are real women who exist and existed. People will infer things from any eventual production and not to just let my reluctance to research swamp this resonsibility.
So I have a working title now. The Wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Currently working on the characters. At the moment I have 5 but this might change. I am using some of the techniques that writing guru David Freeman expounds. I did a weekend course of his last September in London. Beyond Structure. 2 days, 9-8 where, no lie he talked for almost most of that time. It was really good. Raindance organised it.
Anyway like all of these script guru’s (mckee,seger, wolff, field) he has these specific techniques he wants to impart. So I am now trying these outs to see how I like them.
So far working well in shaping the story before I actually write it. I ordinarily work back to front (this is why i am interested in august wilson. see august wilson post) and inefficiently in that I write it and then figure out what I want and then have to re-write it! Second time i’ve tried working in this way so i’ll see how I get on.
Freeman’s written a book if you’re interested and can’t make it to LA. Its focus is writing for games but he said alot of the techniques were directly transferable and after purchasing it I would agree.
Ordered August Wilson’s century cycle a couple of days ago. After reading a feature on him I decided to buy it. He wrote Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, etc among others. I’ve not read any of his work. The report described how he collected disparate themes, images and ideas and then worked up some sort of structure and that struck me as similar to the way that I work.
Popped into Waterstones to spend a token I had left over on four Lorca plays (see fela research post) . I decided to check out WIlson and Century Cycle is £200.00 for 10 book there. On Amazon it’s £90.00. Amazing discount.
Should arrive in a couple of weeks so looking forward to reading them.