Back to Van today and The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet. The piece had a reading at Merrigong Theatre on Saturday, apparently to resounding success.
OK, so. Things learnt today.
1. If you dig symbolism as a playwright, you must always keep the question ‘how does this symbolism drive the action?’ tucked behind your ear.
2. If your play is veering between being a play about the past and being a play about now itmustbe a play about now. I can’t stress enough how much this was made a point of today.
3. It is always better, if your play is based on real-life events (eg. if your characters are modelled on relations, etc), that you find out what actually happened rather making shit up. (That’s verbatim, people).
4. If you are at the video store right now, hireIn The Cut, a Jane Campion film with Mark Ruffalo and Meg Ryan. It’s much hated because of its promotion of feminism but it is well worth the watch apparently. Mainly because it is a perfect exemplar of a perfect relationship, which may only be achieved once women have understood violence and men helplessness.
5. Never forget the value of the diegetic. You, as a playwright, must put us in the realness of your world. For this, exploring the sensory faculties is very useful, although don’t overdo it. Good one.
Another day, another draft.