Narrative vs Authenticity

January 26, 2011

Watched this video on YouTube. It’s a bunch of academics talking about Narrative and Authenticity. The notes I took while watching were:
How you tell your story
-Narrative not what we’ve done but what we wish to do/be
-Heidigger & authenticity
-Narrative being subjective and contextual based on cultural values
– telling what people want to hear?
– co-operation and collegiate
– what is my true self so how can I be authentic?
– David Boeme physicist and Conditioned Thought.
– Lonergan’s sense of questioning and enquiry. This can tell us who we are.
– What is the purpose of the story and for whom are you writing the story?
– Objective time & lived time.
– life lived as not a series of temporal moments but as a series of possibility

Struck me as lots of appropriate things for the play I am currently writing 57 Images of My Father which is about a lot of these ideas. Perhaps this is why these moments voiced jumped out at me and were written down?

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Forkbeard Fantasy

November 3, 2010

Forkbeard Fantasy bringing their show The Colour Of Nonsense to the Lakeside Theatre this weekend.

colour Of Nonsense Image

colour Of Nonsense Image

link here for details and booking

YouTube Trailer for show here


Justin Kerrigan Video Diary

April 2, 2010

Video Diary on YouTube from Justin Kerrigan showing his frustration on trying to get his second feature film made after Human Traffic released in 1999.

See the link here

I Know You Know, ( lead actor Robert Carlyle) will be released next week. You feel for the guy after watching and amaze at his perserverance.


the wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

June 20, 2008

Working towards my August deadline been writing alot. Working from my treatment. I don’t usually have such a detailed treatment to work from as I find writing them difficult as they seem so full of cliche. Was pleased to get to an act break and realise I had only perhaps 20 minutes on stage so far. Looking at around 45 minutes, interval, then 60 mins. This was really reassuring for me as it said i need to invent lots of stuff. I thought writing such a detailed treatment would result in a join the dots exercise . Only having 20 mins is fantastic as it leaves lots of room to integrate the way I usually work which is to start from seemingly random ideas I have had, shoehorned into the piece in a not too considered way. To create momentum for the piece this way of working forces me to be elliptical, use metaphor and imagery to make sense of the scenes joined for the coherent whole. This of course is where the power lies. This is the home of the idea, the scene, sequence or piece driver lives in this space.

Of course this collision forces changes to these random ideas but that sense of the random can be carried (either very strongly or not) as appropriate. I spoke in an earlier post about how I bought August Wilson’s century cycle as a result of reading in an interview how he works in what I felt to be a similar random collection method so this combination of the more traditional treatment/plot it all method and the random collection method are so far proving enjoyable and illuminating.

Check out this YouTube series of writers talking. it’s called The Dialogue. Interestingly different ways of working profiled.

So all in all a very enjoyable time is being had.


Fela videos

May 23, 2008

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.


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