Making ‘fear-tah’ is a marvellous and joyous thing. Working on new scripts – plays, cabarets, musicals, pieces of art – is one of the most exciting and invigorating experiences as a maker. The relationship between a writer and a director CAN be a beautiful romance.
Mark Daniels (writer) and I (director) have begun, what we like to think, is a beautiful romance (strictly theatrical, darling). Our comedy play, N89, a semi-immersive play set on a night bus went down very well at Matchstick Theatre earlier in the year and we're now looking to take that to other theatres whilst developing another piece together.
So, like good smug proselytisers, we’re going to tell you the general rules to keep in mind when you begin your own. (No need to burn your bushes and take it all as gospel, but we feel it will ultimately get you to heaven.)
Piece by Mark Daniels.
“Aside from the theatre, I’m working with an amazing team. Director Edwina Strobl, is my theatre soulmate. She also directed N89 and I’m thrilled to be working with her again – we both hope it’s the start of a long-term partnership (at least that’s what she’s saying to my face!). We’ve worked very closely on developing the script, the plot and the tone of this play together. We have a true respect for each other’s visions, passions and opinions.
Working with her has taught me the real importance of finding collaborators that want to tell the same story as you do, someone who that you feel comfortable discussing, debating and drinking copious amounts of alcohol with.”
5 Star Review by Simon Lovat
”Reice Weathers, as Ringo, gives us a flawless performance. His evocation of the naïve hope of a new life in a ‘safe’ country – a hope soon dashed – is pitch perfect, as is the veneer of jocularity he plasters over Ringo’s traumatic past, which always lurks just below the surface. Instantly likeable and mesmerising to watch, Weathers negotiates a complex script with (apparent) ease. Effective direction from Edwina Strobl keeps the production simple so that we are not distracted by theatrical effects. Mood is mirrored by good use of lighting, and subtended by an atmospheric soundtrack of ‘ambient’ sound – which at The Warren could have been dispensed with as the venue provides plenty of its own! This is my pick of the Fringe by a country mile. If I could give it six stars, I would.”
Blog by Elijah W Harris
“As someone with a trans experience, I have found this process quite challenging; much of what is said in the play rings true to my own experiences. Sometimes the story skirts too close to home but it also forces me to grapple with the other side of the story. And I’m sure I won’t be the only one!
There is much to be taken away from The Poetry We Make, from a raw look at the difficulties of relationships, to the effects of gender roles – and of course a lengthy discussion about spirit guides. Personally, I would like to think David Bowie would be there for me.”