Welcome to my blog!
So firstly, welcome to the site and my first Blog. What I can promise you is some considered thoughts; I simply don’t have the time to be telling folks what I had for lunch etc, etc, and I guess folks won’t have the time – or the inclination – to read it.
You may have already looked at the ‘My Stuff’ page on the site where I explain how all of this writing came about – through a perceived shortage of large-cast, challenging writing for the kids I taught to perform in. I also explain how I see myself as just one part of a creative process – a cycle really – that doesn’t stop.
What I did not explain and what strikes me as a logical extension of that cyclical process is the growing absence of stage directions in my work. I started off detailing every move, gesture, pause that the actors were intended to take in order to tell MY STORY – I saw it and heard it in my head so the stage directions were my way of guaranteeing that whoever produced my plays would recreate that internal picture.
I moved from there to becoming more interested in the rhythm of the piece. I reckoned that directors and actors would know when to sit, stand, walk across a room, sit down again. If actors were inhabiting the character, they’d simply ‘know’ what to do. So I started to litter my writing with, ‘Pause’, ‘Beat’, ‘Silence’ as a way of ensuring that everyone ‘got’ the right rhythm.
That took me to where I am now which is a note on the front of the text that suggests that directors and actors work it all out for themselves – anything that does appear as a stage direction is there merely as a suggestion. Pretty soon I intend to stop doing even that.
I just think that writers, if they really are going to be part of a process as opposed to seeing themselves as the process, should let go and trust directors and actors to ‘tell the story’ and audiences to receive and internalise it. We don’t own our stories – no one does. We simply borrow them, dress them up in different clothes and send them on their way.This entry was posted in Mark's Blog. Bookmark the permalink. School Plays →