INK (a writer's collective) is performing 5 new short pieces all this week, all inspired by current news stories. Every day one of the writer's will also be writing a piece based on the newspapers that morning. I wrote mine yesterday and really enjoyed the experience. Sitting in the Tron bar for 5 hours trying to make a piece that is only 4 minutes, but has some kind of structure to it was BRILLIANT. If you missed it then here is the piece, maybe you fancy a read. It is based on a photograph taken at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 18th May 2010. The photograph showed the arrayed benches of the new British government. An array of white middle aged men in dark suits, all except for a small rectangle around David Cameron where any ethnic minority or female MP that could be found was stuffed in. The perfect backdrop to Cameron's new politics.
Pobby and Dingan has been nominated for a CATS award for best show for Children and Young People. Chuffed. Yes.
I became Imaginate writer in residence in March of this year (2010) and will spend the next 8 months researching and working closely with young people as we explore The Dark. The idea came from thinking about chaos and danger and wondering if there was a smaller and smaller space for these forces within our lives.
I really want to work with young teenagers as I think there is an energy and spark at this age which is crying out to be creatively expressed. The dark is a way of exploring the hidden aspects of our lives through a thrilling and theatrically rich metaphor.
The residency will involve researching