Sep
23

Just a random quick one . . .

I don’t know why I’m putting this up. I have a blog about Ignition being drafted, but I said I’d show you some things that might end up in the idea grave yard. So here you are, make of this what you will  . . .

In the Girl

There’s a girl in the village,

But no village in the girl.

She’s lookin out the window,

As her mind beings to swirl.

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She’s thinkin of the parties,

And the men she’d like to meet.

Dancing bare foot, careless,

Down rain infested streets.

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Cause there’s girl in the village,

But no village in the girl.

She’s looking out the window,

As her mind begins to swirl.

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She’s thinking of the Misters,

With their long and flowing hair,

Filled with fire brimstone,

Suave and a simple debonair.

Cause there’s girl in the village,

But no village in the girl.

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She’s looking out the window,

As her mind begins to swirl.

Cause the girl she is just sixteen,

And her path is not yet set.

And she’s looking out the window,

For what’s years from her to get . . .

Sep
17

Overdose . . . Go on, you know you want to . . .

Hey hey,

The lovely guys over at Movie Overdose have asked me on to shoot the breeze about movies and the industry at the moment. They are a wonderful podcast and Itunes fav so head on over and give them a look . . .

Movie Overdose Ep #34

The return of the Cooper! Jon Cooper comes back to the podcast to have a chat about Adventureland. Tom and Sam have a think about (500) Days of Summer and the gents all think about the YouTube rental model. They go on to reminisce about Hackers, praise Fish Tank to the hills and have a good ol’ natter about Supernatural. The conclusion sees Tom depart and Producer John step in to talk about music in movies.

Big love,

Jon

p.s. – A piece about Ignition will follow shortly, I’ve been so obsessed with writing it that I haven’t had a chance to blog about it. That will follow soon.

Sep
07

The Dirty Feed

Sorry I was gone so long honey . . .

I left a little plate for you by the fridge.

Did you see it?

I didn’t intend to leave it so long to blog, but I’ve needed some head space to sort myself out a little.  I’ve been mid-way between a slump and a ball of unproductivity rolling down a hill of self reflexivity. A state that doesn’t really lend me to blogging. Lots of other people, but not me. I don’t want to go boring you with wittering platitudes after all.

These things said, it has been a really interesting time of late. I’ve had alot of navel gazing days wondering why I can’t write followed by ceiling staring nights wondering ditto on repeat. I’ve watched and enjoyed alot of entertainment, spent time with friends and gone to events to talk the ‘writers’ talk. (I’m finding myself surprisingly adept at talking the talk. I can sound like a writer even though I’m not writing.  A fishmonger wouldn’t get away with not mongering, and neither should I . . . Writing that is, not mongering.)

The turning point has come though . . .

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This plain old blew my mind!

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Kevin Kelly is a very inspiring speaker, has a quite brilliant mind and a fascinating life story. I’m currently reading his book ‘Out of Control‘ and can’t recommend it highly enough. If your interested in computers, machines or the Internet in any way then it’s firing forty rivets per page.

I know I’ve spoken previously on here about my next play ‘Dirty Feed’ which is tackling elements of freedom of speech inspired by the Internet and making them dramatically stage-able. Well, when all these elements combined a shower of pennies dropped and I realised what it is I should really be doing creatively at the moment . . .

In today’s world the nature of human communication is changing, evolving and re-drawing societal etiquette. We are all in touch more than ever, and yet physically further apart than at any other time in history. We have anonymity for expression, digital representation of meat world aspiration and a peer circle circumference thicker than some interstellar gas giants.

Our artistic expression and exploration of it though is limited. Theater is suffering most. When did you last see the second act climax delivered by txt? See a relationship shattered by a clumsy bit of social network stalking? Watch a character change themselves for someone they never met?

Some examples do come to mind. The Bird and The Bee, God in Ruins, A Sudden Loss of Dignity and numerous clumsy attempts to work a txt into character conflict. Some are working, some are not. But more and more these things integrate themselves into our forms of communication. Theater is struggling to keep up. Theater is built on the pillar of human interaction and staged on the dynamic physical relations we hold to one another.  A man sat at a computer using Skype to air his feelings isn’t dramatic or interesting? I’m saying it’s going to have to be . . .

For the next year (plus) I will be working on exploring, refining, experimenting, performing and work shopping ways in which we can take technology and dynamically integrate it into performance. I will still be doing other different, and some would say more normal, works but this is over arching focus.

Accordingly this blog will be following it right the way through. A name change is about to be affected to ‘Dirty Feed’ and you will also now be able to reach it through www.dirtyfeed.co.uk and the normal www.jon-cooper.co.uk. Those of you with RSS readers may have to re-subscribe and I apologise for the inconvenience.

‘Dirty Feed – The Blog’ will now be taking the same form of this blog, with a more technology <-> performance driven bent.

I’m also pleased to announce that the first performance of this exploration will be taking place before the end of the month. The Tristan Bates Theatre has kindly asked me to participate in their Ignition event along side a quite wonderful line up.

Ignition

Ignition

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Confirmed contributors include
Jack Thorne and Hamish Pirie,
Che Walker working with Omar Lyefook;
Tim Price and Polly Findlay;
Lydia Adetunji and Laura Farnworth;
Jon Cooper;
Kenny Emson and Laura Kriefman;
Gbolahan Obisesan
Tim Cowbury and Alice Lacey.
Gareth Farr.

More details can be found at The Tristan Bates Website

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I’ll be blogging every element of the process and hope you’ll follow along / come see the finish product.

Thanks for now, and big love,

Jon

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 – Seb, 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

Jul
30

Testing

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Just a little test of blogging from my phone!

Oct
20

I asked you . . .

I asked you not to come here,
I told you not to touch it, me, here, there.

I asked you twice so you’d listen once!

I asked you not to come here, and you came.

I love you a little for that.

 

 

Sep
11

Hello world

Hello,

If you’ve stumbled across this then you may be wondering what it’s for . . .

Well I’m a writer called Jon Cooper and this will be my blog about all things life and writing. The first post should be up within the next few days.

In the meantime head along to my other website and check out some fine fine web comedy :-

www.silenceincminor.co.uk 

Thanks,

Jon

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