Wednesday, November 22, 2006
i got an idea this morning about my playwriting. Obviously, its going to have to wait until after Ladyfest 'cos this is a bit of a project and the experince I get with Ladyfest will help me. I was thinking of a three play weekend! Like hiring out the Y for 3 days over the weekend and putting on a showcase of 3 plays by 3 local writers. Marketing it as some kind of inclusive ticket and marketing it to the emos and ratkids that seem to populate the clock tower at the moment. the idea is to create theatre thats a bit like a quentin tarinteno film, y'know, Compelling and innovative while being action and pace driven. Showcasing it cheaply so people can go (like £6 a ticket) and putting theatre out there that rebells agains the grain of the "popular" (ie boring) stuff about girls going clubbing in Jamaca.
I'd like to open up theatre to new audinces. I think the kids that go to ret (ratkids) are a prime audince cos they are open to new alternative ideas, but also a challenging audience to pomote theatre to because their experince of theatre has been awaful "legs akimbo" style stuff and youth theatre that uses props such as cricket bats. its not getting them involved as an educational thing its more getting them involved as a "naughty" thing - slapping "18" stickers on the flyers - that type of thing!
and its a way for theatre that might not make the mainstream to have a voice! I've been told there is a buzz arround arts in the Midlands at the moment and I think its beause more and more people are getting up and doing stuff rahter than sitting back and hoping some publishers or theatre company will pluck them out of nothingness!