Welcome to production update No.1! I’m so excited and happy to be working on the creative parts of this project and not just on the admin.
So far I’ve been working on the narrative, the script and the AV. There have been some interesting decisions to make. The more I work on the story, the more I feel like I really understand what makes a story work. I’ve noticed that sometimes I don’t know what the answer to a narrative problem is yet, but I am very clear about which potential solutions DON’T fit. The process of examining what doesn’t work often brings you closer to a solution that really does.
The second thing I’ve noticed is what happens when you immerse yourself in a creative world. My mind is inside the story now (sometimes when I’m tired I wish it wasn’t). This state of thinking is the only way to arrive at exciting breakthroughs. I’ve been working on the character design for one of the creatures in the play, and just kept drawing the same slightly boring version again and again, until all of a sudden a slightly different idea leaped off the page – ‘The One’. As my mind was ticking over the consequences of this new design for the other elements in the play, a HUGE solution for the ending became clear. I can’t tell you what it is because it will spoil it for you when you come to see the show. I was so excited I wanted to run around the room and phone people to tell them. It was midnight so I held back on that.
This ending solution has actually renewed my excitement for the second half of the play and removed many obstacles I was feeling were in the way. This couldn’t have happened a few weeks ago.
The other new and exciting thing that happened this week was starting work with the rest of the team. The first production meeting went really well, we dived into the costume boxes, tried everything on, and made new plans.
I will introduce you to individual members of the team over the next few weeks. They’re all wonderful.
The video above was an example of trying something only to discover it is not going to work. We fiddled around with the video effects and I thought I’d keep it to show you. It doesn’t tell you a lot about what we were trying to achieve, but you can see we’ve been busy!
And with that, I am having an actual day off today, the first in a while, so off I go!
Photos by Sarah Jane Leigh.