TWP closed yesterday so it looks like TWP has gone but of course it still exists. People you may no longer speak to through deliberate action or developed circumstance; people in your mind who you reference in conversation or think of before you act (wwjd?) of course they still exist are still present. Of course we may wish we could still phone them up for a chat or bump into in the market and we can’t. So the great thing about twp is that it was really about people, sure people with lots of vision and a bit of money to make things happen, but people still. Those people are still around so if we don’t make a point of bumping into them in the market, thinking of them of asking what would twp do? then we will have lost them, they will have ceased to exist. So we’re not going to do that right?
Went To Making Tracks, Theatre Writing Partnership (twp)’s last event last night.
It encapsulated everything about what was good about twp. 7 theatre-makers (including one company) received a little bit of funding to go on a journey.
It was funded as a speculative, research with a small, light touch ‘r’ to see what might develop creatively from the journeys using the impetus for the journey as a guide.
It was brilliant to hear the results as the theatremakers presented them on the main stage of the Playhouse.
The event also acted as a celebration and a distillation of why twp was important and significant for the region. I was sat next to Tyron Huggins, just returned from touring The Honey Man. That production sprung from a twp initiative in 2009.
So although twp closes in three weeks time, the physic trails, connections and spirit of Making Tracks and indeed twp will long continue, in for and of the region and in, for and of internationally.
Congratulations to all those involved in twp’s journey over these last 11 years.
Talk about contrasting reading material at the moment!
One in preparation for Paper I’m delivering at a conference in Chicago early July, the other due to me being a biography nut. Don’t read a lot of fiction. Might have to cleanse with either Tolstoy or MLK biog I’ve got my eyes on. Ordered HalfMan, HalfBike the Merckx biog from the local library also. Hope it gets here soon.