Reading your work aloud with friends is always helpful. Reading your work aloud with a room full of strangers who don’t always take your feelings into consideration can be even more helpful for the work.
I took part in my second Progressive Playwright as a writer last week at the Tron. Previously I found it useful to complete my Playwrights' Studio Scotland mentored piece and discover that the vast, sweating, cast iron palm house I had imaged was coming across as your granny's greenhouse where she grows tiny tomatoes from a Grobag.
This time, I brought the hashtag-resistant There is a light that never goes out and it's called hope, the title lifted from the lips of the World's Most Famous Asexual, Morrissey. I shared a prologue to what I hope to be a full length piece where to teens are stuck playing Seven Minutes in Heaven at a party.
The play is working on ideas about people who feel "broken" - what does it mean to be sexless in a sexualised society. About not even being Olly-Murs-20%-one-thing-or-the-other. On another workshop with the piece, the director told me blankly that asexuality isn't even a thing, as if I was writing about talking lions and wizards. Get tae France. It is a good feeling when you get people coming up to you afterwards as a couple did at Progressive Playwright and whisper that they know what you’re talking about.
Oh no, loves, you’re not alone.
The actors assigned to my piece are people whose work I adore and filled the air in the piece with beautiful sparkle. I came away with my notebook and my head full of questions and ideas after the feedback session with the audience and listening to the other writers' approaches.
Excitingly, the piece was selected to be progressed. I need to take my teens out of the cupboard and put them in amongst the big scary party of life. Progressing means I've had a very helpful mentoring session asking me lots of questions about the script, many of which I don't have answers for. Sometimes saying "I don't know" is exciting because it means packing a knapsack and heading off on an adventure with the character to find out. I'm looking forward to sharing my findings with more beautiful strangers.
There is a light that never goes out and it's called hope will be at the next Progressive Playwright in a Limited Edition Extended Version on 14 April at Tron Theatre, Glasgow. MORE INFO & BOOKING