BOLDtext Playwrights had a great day out last week, popping over to see our own Sayan Kent’s latest musical at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, Maggie May, co-created with Bob Eaton. Set over WW1, it was clever, moving and funny – one minute businessmen sang hilariously about capitalism, and the next, women mourned lost babies with their shawls. Multi-talented 11-strong cast, and the audience loved it. So did we!
BOLDtext Playwrights’ most recent show, Behind Bars – Ghosts of the Lock Up, went down a storm in Birmingham city centre last month – with sell-out audiences who loved the humorous and heart-wrenching tales we told, as well as the more everyday stories embedded in the WM Police former Lock Up building. It felt like our contrasting voices each captured something different in the space, with wonderful performances to bring them to life. “Emotionally transporting”, “Excellent pacing and characterisation – evocative in this venue”, and “Really unique experience” were just some of the comments from our many visitors.
And it was a unique experience for us too – we absolutely loved this site-specific work and hope to do more of the same – both at the Lock Up and elsewhere around the region. We just need to decide where – so anyone with any suggestions, please do get in touch.
In the meantime, BOLDtext is working on another night of political shorts at Birmingham Rep on Monday 28 January 2019, so watch this space.
You can catch up with my latest The Archers episodes which are in studio shortly, then go out on Radio 4 the week before Christmas. Can’t wait!
Earlier in the year, I was invited to run a two hour Dialogue workshop at the wonderful Wolverhampton Lit Fest in the Art Gallery.
We explored the different uses of dialogue in screen, stage and audio drama, and discussed the main functions of dialogue: to reveal character, their motivation, and their relationships with other characters; to move the plot on; and to deliver exposition and backstory.
Participants used various exercises to help discover their character’s voice, and we looked at the nature of subtext and the factors that help create it. Using free writing, we reflected on how context, world, motivation, status, audience, tone, pace, juxtaposition, and jargon can influence dialogue, and devices like repetition, interruption, echoing, overlapping and silence were discussed.
Thanks to all attendees – I enjoyed your company, and hope you found mine useful!