We wanted to find theatrical substance to this extraordinary writing and make it just as powerful and effective off the page as it is on it.We explored different ways of framing the text from a short story in the book called 'But Not Really' to lift the drama and we filmed alot of our process to show the NTW, Rachel herself ,of course, and also to have a record of it ...when we develop it further down the line.
I think the main memory i have of these days is laughter (and…
Sam and I ran 8km today. Mostly up hill. Except for the bits where we were going down hill. I'm not sure which was worse, the endless agonising climbing or the occasional rapid descent. The latter puts a lot of stress on the tops of the thighs and the knees and I couldn't help feeling that I was going to fly uncontrollably face first into the mud. Or else involuntarily perform the splits and then have to wait to be airlifted to the nearest hospital. Sam led the way. This was his run and… Continue
Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 30, 2010 at 22:56 —
I have decided that I need to find out something about philosophy. Starting with Descarte. It seems like a good idea, seeing as I am training to be a doctor of philosophy, that I know something about ... well, philosophy. So Descartes today, Kant tomorrow, and so on until I can list them all in chronological order like the kings and queens on the back of a ruler... was it just me that had that ruler? The Rulers ruler. I don't think it helped me do much more than draw straight… Continue
Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 29, 2010 at 23:30 —
Hello everyone......Just when you thought the Pinter play has ended and you'd get a bit of peace...I thought i would share some different sections of text with you from 'But Not Really 'by the very gifted Rachel Trezise.
The moon shone against his house, showing up its new paint, a soft lime colour, like a woman in a new layer of confidence, stepping out into the summer for the first time in a mini skirt and a new pair of sandals. The hanging baskets either side of the front…
Just practicing being a more virtual part of this community by saying a huge well done and thank you to NTW and all the community for the Assembly at Blaengarw last week. Huge congrats to Catherine for organising the event and thanks for giving Mess Up The Mess the opportunity to be involved in creating such an action packed week - we had a great time! Best food at Creations cafe - missing it already.
My favourite part of the evening on Thursday had to be when the Blue Baby…
Our 4 New Critics attended the Press Night for A Good Night Out in the Valleys. They were asked to write a review of the show, send it to their mentor to read over and feed back on and then send to me to be published on the National Theatre Wales community. They have also been sent to Academi for posting on their website. Read on and see what 2 of our New Critics thought of the show. First is Dylan Moore, whose mentor is Lyn Gardner. Second is Megan Jones,…Continue
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Hey Blog, Sorry it's been so long since my last entry. Apart from being all consumed with putting the show on and touring, frankly I'm rather daunted by trying to do this blogging right. I have never been very good with technology!!!
We have reached the end of our journey with 'A good night out' and what a journey it has been. I sincerely hope that all of you who saw the production liked/loved it and were happy with what we achieved, I certainly am.
The Classical Education Forum, Cardiff, has just released its summer programme. The prospectus provides courses, saturday schools and trips on a range of subjects, including the Arts, History and Literature.
There is also a trip arranged to visit the production: Aeschylus' The Persians in August.
Just returned from a GREAT week in Barmouth where we held our 'Story Shop/Siop Story'.
It was a terrific, intense and inspiring experience. People really embraced the opportunity to share their anecdotes, memories and recollections, just as I hoped. Some wonderful tales and visceral images have emerged that will shape and form the creative backbone of FMS&S.
I have just arrived back from the radio station following an interesting slot on what could be Sam Christie's final show. That's the same Sam that I went to Poland with. He invited me along and asked me to bring some of my own music. So I did. I took an old carry case containing 200 cds that I collected as a student between 1997 and 2001. I explained that they were the product of my attempts to develop a musical identity, without any money or any direction. Consequently it is comprised… Continue
Added by Dr Tom Payne on March 28, 2010 at 21:56 —
The V&A was filled with social games and playful experiences, for this Late at the V&A they teamed up with Hide&Seek to explore the collision of art, theatre and game design. I put on my PJ's grabbed my dice and sneaked, plotted and planned the night away.
Last night was the final show of "A Good Night Out..." and what a show it was.
There was a lot of nervous energy flying around backstage as we prepared to say goodbye to our lovingly developed characters. The last show is always a strange one, as you feel the need and the desire to make it perfect. But there was extra pressure for me last night, as everyone I have ever met was in the audience (I exaggerate for dramatic effect!) But we needn't have…
My second ever play, MICHAEL GROVES, was staged at Chapter Arts Centre last July. Having previously written a piece about relationships (MAGNETS) I wanted to do try something more experimental. Following the performance (and feedback that covered the entire spectrum of enjoyment levels!), I put the development of the piece on hold, choosing to start something new and return to it with fresh eyes.
I completely forgot that Viv Thomas filmed the first night, and,… Continue
Added by Neil Bebber on March 28, 2010 at 11:00 —
I woke this morning and burst out of bed with enthusiasm. This was quickly replaced by nausea and the fear that I might be about to come down with something nasty.
It turned out that I wasn't, although I did avoid food for much of the day as a result. Poppy was sick again in the morning, so our weekly trip to the swimming pool was cancelled. So too was the trip to the cinema to watch the Princess and the Frog.