Hello all - I've been 'led' here, had a look, and think it's a great forum! I'm Kate Betts from Chichester, UK (on the sunny south coast) and the very fortunate winner of The Play's The Thing - a competition run by Channel 4, Screenstage & Sonia Friedman Productions. As a result of winning, I've had my first full-length play premiered in London's West End (New Ambassador's Theatre) where it ran for 7 weeks. There: that's got that out - it just seemed best to just tell you. As far as I'm concerned, I count myself very lucky: happened to have the right script at the right time for the right people. And I know I still have a hell of a lot to learn!
The next thing is a radio play (written a while ago) with BBC Radio 4 - and hope they'll accept it (though it needs a lot of work doing to it).
And have just started to research next full-length play. The research takes me ages - and, being naturally lazy/nervous about embarking on a new project - am very happy to be here on this friendly, constructive, inspirational forum!!!
Kate, welcome! I'm sure I am not the only person who is delighted to see you here! I am sure your contributions will be invaluable. Just drop in, have a look around and enjoy! Will look forward to reading you postings x
Hi! I think we missed each other on the TTPT forum, but it's great to see you here. I went to see On The Third Day and the ideas enmeshed with the imagery have really stayed with me. I will definitely go see your next play as well.
Welcome to the home you didn't know you were looking for. We've lots of things in which to participate--contests, writing exercises, a 30 day submission spree beginning Oct. 16, a place for developing your plays, giving critiques, getting critiques, visiting our submission opportunities section that is one of the largest on the net and growing, our Green Room Salon where we interview celebrities and playwrights at the top of their game... We have it all here under one roof with a membership of truly gifted individuals. Our membership is split mostly between Brits and Americans with some Canadians and Australians thrown in for seasoning. Welcome and have fun!
Hi Nikip and Swann! Thanks for the welcome - good to talk to you. Swann, re researching... it's frustrating because when I have an idea, I then have to delve into it as much as possible and I end up with notebooks of information, snippits of conversation, characters, lines etc etc before I start writing. Once I sit down to write, I'm happy! And, thankfully, fast with a first draft. (Then comes the laborious editing & redrafting).
I'm following an idea to do with 'traces'. It's leading me back to Shakespeare's London - traces of people who actually exist in old records and some of whom are even mentioned in Shakespeare's plays. Along the way I've met someone who belongs to a paranormal society (he investigates old buildings with all sorts of equipment - a bit like ghostbusters!) and I shall go along to a few of their 'visits'. I've also made contact with someone who does regression therapy. Don't know whether to try that - all seems spooky. But this is what research is all about - well it is for me.
One thing I have to try to avoid - and it was my flaw in On The Third Day - that's the temptation to 'throw everything in' ! I'm sure most of my research/discoveries won't be used directly in my new play, but I find that I need all that background.
It would be interesting to know how others work. How about yourself?
Just butting in on Swann's question a bit here, but wow! That sounds completely fascinating! The regression part of it...er....can't you just interview people!! So SCARY!
You really struck a chord with me when you said about trying to throw everything into OnThe Third Day. I am always doing that. And also, because I tend to analyse everything I find myself becoming over-analytical as a writer; too intent on "what people might see" so that the writing becomes restrained and contrived. I am going to practise keeping it smaller, thanks to your disclosure. Really helpful to hear about the emotional as well as practical side of writing. Would be interested to hear other people's joys and pitfalls too. And a further question for you. What triggered the idea for your latest project?
By the way Edd, would it be a good idea to move this discussion out to its own topic? You are a technical bloke? Can you actually do that, or is my usual "gift" for understanding computers kicking in here?!
I know there is, but every time I've tried it I ended losing everything! What I suggest is to start a new thread in The Stage section and call it "Kate's Space" or whatever. Then just carry on from there. Thanks.
I'm Kate too and I'm new to the site also. Your project sounds intriguing.
I've had around two dozen of my works produced, a little network TV, a movie, and a couple of documentaries. I have done little in the past couple of years. I wasted at least a year on an animated series with a now defunct producer.
I am researching a historical musical for my tribe at the present. I have little hope for production, but the research is interesting and the dramatic potential is incredible. I live in the fly over zone.
"Fly over zone," a term developed by broadcast journalists during the last national election. It encompasses the insignificant states that one flies over getting to the important right and wrong coasts.
"Tribe," a term developed to designate the social/cultural structures of the aboriginal groups found in the Americas.
Not near as fascinating as yours kate1. I am confined to historical documents, etc. while you have what sounds like ways to gather information from both the living and the dead.
I would love to have someone who could "regress" me back to the time of the play or maybe "channel" the main characters. (At least I think I would---having no idea what any of that entails, it might be terrifying.)
I bet I could come up with some fascinating dialogue if I knew what was actually said. At this point, I only have the bare facts. I will go home to my family to regain the dialect and ironic viewpoint that has been lost to "civilization." I think the show will be a musical and it needs to be satisfying for both an Indian and anglo audience. I've done that once before and it was interesting, but intertwining Indian and anglo music is difficult at best. And getting the lyrics right in English is almost impossible. Yours will surely be easier and hopefully more fun.
My goal in life is to avoid the impossible and pursue the challenge.
I don't know if I should say this....but I do past life regressions...and one of my plays is written about that subject, and four of the five live's the character regresses into, are based on actual regressions.
I have met the most extraordinary people on my living room couch.
Paddy - that's fascinating. Maybe I could read your play and steal bits from it. !!!!! Sorry - didn't mean it! Honestly.
I don't know whether to have a 'go' at regression or to just talk to the guy who does it. It links with my theme but isn't a key element. And I'm a scaredy-cat.
My last play had a character who was 'on the brink' of a breakdown and eventually, in order to write her without being pretentious, I had to take my imagination to that dark place. It's all about letting go sometimes - but sometimes that's hard!
Scenedreamer - I don't know yet! But from what I understand, it is a sort of hypnotic state that's used as a way in to 'memories' from what some people understand are past lives and interpret them accordingly. Interesting...