Been having Fields of Dreams moments recently. I hope you’ve seen the 1989 film where if he builds it ‘he will come’. I was talking about a project which I hadn’t heard any progress on and then the Director got in touch, yesterday I was being interviewed about my Decibel Performing Arts Showcase experience. As part of the interview I was talking about how I have had national but not international profile, this morning woke up to an email from New York from someone looking for a chat about collaboration after seeing the video of my Decibel 09 pitch. If you build it they will come.
Link here to my Decibel 09 pitch of stageplay 57 Images Of My Father delivered Manchester back in September 09.
I was reminded it had been uploaded to Vimeo when I was watching Rosanna Raymond’s Tusks and Fevers Pitch. The Decibel team are good about keeping attendees informed and up to date as the site is updated with News and other material.
I now have a 57 Images draft (it’s rubbish) so will be looking to do something with that, that something being the development process I refer to in the pitch. I will do this as soon as time/other projects allow.
Took part in a radio interview on BBC Radio Nottingham earlier today. It was to talk about my participation in Decibel09 as an east midlands/nottingham practitioner. The phone call to set it up came out of the blue but agreed as happy to bang the publicity drum for momentum, twp decibel09 (which has now finished) and for other nottm practitioners. I mentioned hetain patel’s show ‘Ten’. David ‘stickman’ Higgins is also in the show. I caught the extract at decibel09 and it’s a good show.
Trying to get those tickets sold for 26th and 27th October.
Delivered the pitch for my comedy 57 Images Of My Father at Decibel09 performing arts showcase yesterday. It went well, enjoyed it and had some immediate interest from a venue, a director and an Art Council employee advised me on funding strategy to get the project rolling so that was good. I also overheard people afterwards discussing approaching me for more info so I’ll let next week shake out and then start following up on some of the delegates who attended the sold out session. The pitch training in July was really useful in helping me structure the presentation and take it seriously.
Here’s the rough structure I had in my head. I improvised around it a little rather than try to memorise it.
– My name, project title, current project history
Imagine a photo task. Malachi’s task. Limbo. Comedy. Stuck. Last chance. Describe Images. Successful creation of a narrative makes interview candidate a suitable fit to be born. playing with the ‘you can choose your friends but not family adage’
WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I DON’T KNOW SECTION
WHAT I KNOW-
*why I am writing this
* imagine you can invent your family, what characteristics would you choose for your parents?
* a show about family, memory, nature vs nurture
*to commit to the development process I enjoy
-WHAT I DON’T KNOW
*whether the absurdist form is the best for the story
* Who and how many characters. There are currently four in my head.
*How the story ends
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Momentum shows in October
57 Images is a comedy about family, photography and consistently forgetting to flush the toliet after a poo.
I actually forgot to do the curent projects bit as I had moved it in my head at the last moment but luckily someone from the Birminhgam rep asked me about my writing background so I got to do that bit.
Lots of good feedback occurred throughout the day with people coming up to me to make a point of saying they enjoyed the pitch and to suggest endings. Cheers for that.
The pitching sessions for decibel09 have sold out so assuming the booked individuals still have the energy to attend after two days of seeing shows and late-night drinking it should be a good turn out.
My rural touring project, Boat Gypsies will also be represented at the Rural Touring Forum AGM through the Writers’ lab09 Theatre Writing Partnership but as this clashes with my pitch I won’t be able to attend. It won’t be presented on this occassion but two of the five projects will. The Writers’ Lab09 participants are Richard Rai O’Neill (Today’s Lessons), Segun Lee French (Palm Wine and Stout), Leah Chillery (The Cliffs) and Tyrone Huggins (The HoneyMan) and myself.
The extract showing (Thursday 17th September) will be followed by a q&a about the development process. Extracts from All five plays will be presented at the Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 26th October.