Pig iron by Ben Myers

April 6, 2014

After my David Peace marathon of reading all of his work (just finished Tokyo Year Zero the last one of his works that I had yet to read) and finishing off the latest draft of my play 57 Images Of My Father (in readiness for the Inside Out festival, taking place at the Curve Leicester from Thursday this week) I’m now reading Ben Myer’s Pig Iron.

Pig Iron Book Cover

Pig Iron Book Cover

Just started reading it but it’s shaping up to be a good read from the few pages into it that I am.

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57 Images latest draft

March 28, 2014

80-odd pages into my latest draft of 57 Images Of My Father. Working on it for the Inside Out competition I’ve posted about earlier.

The festival wil show a ten minute extract of all 7 selected writer’s work.  I’ve decided my extract section I think but reserving judgement until I get to the end of the draft. Chosen a section that has high energy and has the comic aspects that are an important element of what is quite an esoteric idea. The set-up’ll need some explanation though. I was going to go from the first ten minutes as that is also comic and would have provided some of the exposition but think the new extract selection will be better for the audience to enjoy. Whatever section will be out of context so might as well go with one that pushes the actors and will be fun to play with for all involved in setting up the extracts.

I’m at the stage where I need to print the draft out as I’m struggling to see the shape now. I’ve got a beats treatment and am working to that but need to get the shape of the entire thing so I can then have some time next week working to the Friday delivery and I need to to do that on paper. There is no requirement of the scheme to have an entire new draft but that’s what i’m doing. Spent most of my time trying to focus the ‘journey’ of the two main characters and feel there’s a definite improvement.


Inside Out Festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester

March 22, 2014

Saw some of the Inside Out Festival publicity yesterday.

Inside Out Logo Festival

Inside Out Festival

My play 57 Images of My Father is one of the seven extracts playing on 12th so check out the details on the link above for details of the entire festival.
If you’ve looked at the link you’ll see the festival is supported by Ideas Tap and BBC Writers Room.

Here is a link to the casting details so if you are an actor or know them then send them along to the link, Curve are looking for eight actors in total.

Check out Ideas Tap if you’ve not heard of them.

Ideas Tap Logo

Ideas Tap Logo

Sign up here for lots of creative opportunities.


Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story

March 7, 2014

Reading John Yorke’s Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story. Yorke set up the BBC Writers’ Academy so has tons of experience. He then went on to Company Pictures I believe.
Only just started book and it’s reading really well so far. Appendices material in particular looks good.
It’s a library book so having to read it now while my 3 weeks are ticking but handy as I’m also re-writing 57 Images of My Father and ideas and more usefully questions are sparking up.


Curve Playwrighting Scheme Meeting

March 6, 2014

Had my meeting today with Suba Das and Henry Swindell to chat 57 Images.
Good to see that the faults in the script were obvious to spot. Got a month to remedy. The idea is that the presentation on 12th April won’t be script in hand so actors’ll have a week or so with script before working on staging days before the showings.
My script is ambitious and asks big questions so already working on ideas generated as a result of the feedback. Script has been around for time so be good to feel that I’ve cracked it with this next draft.


drought to flood

March 22, 2013

Of course as soon as I start reading material for my paper is get new ideas about older ongoing projects. Furiously note-taking as I jump between three projects.
But as ever it will be a test of ‘apres le deluge’


rewriting

November 30, 2011

About to embark on a rewrite of 57 Images of My Father. Done the sketching on paper and next step is to fire up Final Draft and get cracking on it. I’ve posted many a time on my love of rewriting and I’ve found this post that discusses The Rewrite in detail. You may or may not agree with how he structures the rewrite process, doesn’t matter, have a think about what you’ve read anyway.

Here’s a John August post on the issue.

The promise of the rewrite is very sweet. (Hoffman, 2006)


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