October 28, 2009
Boat Gypsies was presented last night at the Momentum:Nottingham Festival organised by Theatre Writing Partnership.
I didn’t feel it went as well as the showing in July but this is why I like theatre. The five shows were presented and I felt the shows after the interval, including Boat Gypsies didn’t play as well as before. My cast were the same, Ivan Cuttings Directed once again, traverse again but I felt the energy after the interval resulted in a slightly different show. Their were small changes to the script but everything was pretty much the same. So the audience, the audience, the audience.
What really did work was the traverse. Traverse in the Nottingham playhouse was a new experience for me. The space was very tight but this worked really well as they no longer needed to ‘act’ the limited space. Their proximity was also very good.
October 27, 2009
Woke up this morning with a clear idea of how to approach the next draft. The feedback after last night’s performance at Nottm playhouse was positive. The characters seemed vivid and were the thing that got the most response from the audience. The thoughts this morning were about clarifiying the story. Will reflect a while before committing to the next draft after convo with Kate Chapman and Bianca Winter at TWP.
October 26, 2009
Enjoyed the Momentum: Northampton readings on the 24th. They took place at the Royal and Derngate theatre Northampton. My monologue piece Ending Panel was presented as part of the Young Britain season. The actor got the energy of the piece and did a good job. The piece got lots of positive comments from the locals. The specific Northampton references to places and postcodes in a way that people recognised and identified with, It’s language, particularly seemed to strike a chord. People kept complimenting my on how I ‘captured’ the speech. I kept reminding them it was the edirol R09 record button that did that. As I’ve posted before about 90% of the script is directly from the young peoples words, almost always used in context also.
Some light talks about whether the piece can be expanded from it’s 15 mins to a larger piece. I am confident this can be easily and creatively done to make an interesting piece of work. We’ll see what happens over the next few weeks and months.
October 25, 2009
First day of two days of rehearsal over. Met the cast (I was late), made lots of decisions. Cut twenty pages. Still not sure what I feel about the piece. See what happens with it in front of an audience.
October 23, 2009
Went to Africa House on Handel Street, Nottingham to speak about the Fela’s Wives reading on Monday.
Spoke to a couple of committee members about the project in an attempt to get them to speak to their members. The project seems to speak to their constituency of Nigerians but as the project is also about empowerment and responsibility it will also speak to others. The opportunity for the Nottingham playhouse to also perhaps get a different type of audience is also there. The publicity material shows my inability to decide on a project name as there are earlier publicity material and then later, later draft publicity material. Not entirely happy with any title as yet but we’ll see.
I was also keen to stress the opportunity for feedback from the audience after this first public performance.
Rehearsal takes place this Sunday and Monday at the Broadway cinema.
October 20, 2009
check it out and buy a ticket
October 19, 2009
Bought a sony eReader a couple of weeks ago. Got the more expensive touch version so I could read pdf’s (not sure if the standard version does this ) and also as it is the version that allows annotation and can hold other media (audio/images). Talked myself out of buying it a couple of days before as
I had read a couple of reviews on the waterstones site where people had returned it due to the display being “poor” but then the guy next to me at ntu came in with one the next day. He demo-d it and I went out and got one. Couple of idiosyncrasies mainly about charging. You can’t use it while charging through usb and a power unit doesn’t come as standard so Sony get another £25.00 out of you.
So now reading all the scripts I have backed up from http://www.scriptorama.com, http://www.imsdb.com and http://www.simplyscripts.com. Also the gutenberg project http://www.gutenberg.org has 30,000 free ebooks available to download. Classics rather than contemporary.
eReader verdict so far? It’s good.