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Aug
04

The Dog Days Are Over . . .

Ello, you cheeky little gogo dancing beauty . . .

Been a few days, did you miss me?

I missed you.

Kiss my eyes and mouth.

Been a real interesting few days, riding the black dog of depression up and down the corridors of my flat. I’m an eternal optimist in bone, but my flash can be weak and I wouldn’t want you getting the wrong impression, it’s just a tricky time at the moment. Enough of that though cause tonight I’ve been indulging in things which make me smile.

SHARE TIME!

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Here’s Amanda Palmer being beautiful . . .

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Here’s Florance being just as stunning . . .

Florance – Dog Days are over

(Sorry, embedding won’t work for some strange reason)

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These things have made me shiny new. Along with this which is just plain inspiring . . .

Kate Tempest – Poet & Spoken word Queen

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I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kate perform live twice now (Royal Festival Hall & Latitude), and on both occasions she’s taken my face off. A girl of flow,vibrancy, relevance,¬†philosophy, insight and (though she doesn’t think it) beauty. She gigs festivals alot it would seem and of course in her home town of London. If she isn’t poet laureate within ten years I’ll eat any of my three hats.

Since seeing her, and a number of other Spoken Word performers recently I’ve been struck with the bug and am preparing to write my first piece. I’ll post it up here once it’s done, but don’t judge me too harsh cause it’ll take some time to get good I have no doubt. (Not that I have to worry about that, cause no one is reading this. Yay!)I’ve been trying to find something that lets me stay writer, but keeps me performer sharp, and I can’t imagine anything more perfect. I know I perform in Silence in C Minor, but that was almost a year ago now and I’m feeling the lack, also with the two poetic plays on the slate too it’s a perfect way to practice.

So I thought I would share with you a little proprosal I was asked to put together for work shopping my latest play, ‘Dirty Feed’, with The Company Project. I’ve removed alot of the plot detail because I want to keep that vague until it’s pressed to paper.

Here you go . . .

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Company Project Proposals :-

Dirty Feed

Synopsis РSeb, a newspaper journalist, has given himself up to the police.  He now recounts the story of how he came to be involved . . .

Proposed Resource Use :- Essentially I want to draft the first act and get a workshop / reading of it to make sure the mechanics of the piece are functioning. It will also allow me the testing ground of discussing the political ideology with a larger group of people. It would be good to give this perhaps an hours discussion time which allows anyone from the company that finds the debate interesting to get involved, not just those work shopping. I doubt many will take the time to come along but it’s nice to make these things open isn’t it? Once this workshop is complete then I’ll re-draft the first act and complete the second. This should take about two months, then we workshop again and iron out the kinks. From there its open to discussion what is done with the text. My hope for this one is that I can get it into one of the larger London fringe theatres. The topic is gaining momentum in the press so I have hope.

Time Breakdown :-

1) TCP sets deadline for first Act. Within the month or two after Ed Fest?
(I might finish it earlier as I’m working on it at the moment, but having a deadline can only add to momentum)

2) First Workshop / Debate – Preferably evening based (if I have a job) for up to four consecutive evenings.
(Very open to suggestion on this)

3) I re-draft / write act 2 (1 to 2 months)

4) Second workshop using same or different participants (Length to be decided after first workshop)

5) Fin

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Thought those of you wondering what goes into writing and work shopping a play might find that interesting. It’s also going to be interesting to see how far we sashay away from it.

I’ve been trying to work on the Greenman play for 503 as well today but I’m still totally stumped. Usually with a brief I’ll have a concept of approach within a day or two but with this one days are becoming weeks and I’m starting to worry. Hopefully the muse will drop by for drinks soon.

Tomorrow I’m off to D&D at Shunt Vaults for the first time so looking forward to chatting with other creatives. For those that don’t know D&D (Devoted and Disgruntled) is an event for artists and performers to meet up and discuss the topics they feel impassioned about at the moment. It’s supposed to be wonderful if your interested in attending or just finding out more then catch the links below. I’ll try to blog and take pics of what happens.

Talk soon and big love,

Jon

p.s. – Devoted and Disgruntled Main Site / Record of previous events -0- Blog / Social Ring

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