from Falmouth

Jojo and I are about to go into Real Making Theatre Mode, it's really, unbelievably exciting. We are going to make a show about Volcanoes, and humans, and have enlisted the help of a geologist and a poet! Like I said, very exciting.

(last time we got into a studio...)

Anyway, this makes me think about what I care about, what advice has been given to me that is good, and what I like. Some thoughts here transcribed from my scrappy pocket notebook - artists in brackets are people that either work this way, or that prompted me to think this. There are also links to them. Some of them are people I know, others companies I have only read about... These don't represent their views (probably), but my own ones.

  • FORM. Not being restricted by it: if the work demands to be a music video, make a music video!
  • FORM (2). Making theatre that feels like something else; allowing the audience to have a different set of ‘rules’ – eg. it feels like a gig, you don’t have to sit down.
  • PROCESSES/GAMES/MATHS. Applying rules in devising, playing games, seeing what comes out of this.
  • MICRO vs MACRO. Instead of taking the whole world and condensing it into theatre, take something tiny and make it the whole world.
  • MUSIC. Make real noise if you can (as long as it makes sense). Only use recorded noise if that makes sense.
  • ENDURANCE. What about finding the moment after endurance? I actually find watching someone running for a long time quite boring, but watching someone who is genuinely exhausted interesting.
  • SUBJECT MATTER. Only make work that you care about. Otherwise, what’s the fucking point?
  • ADMIN. Choose a night or two a week when you have to do admin, get some beer and some food, but it is a job. Really do it. Don’t do it other nights.
  • FUNDING. It is hard to get funding these days. Instead, always acknowledge where the money came from. Working in a bar? Put their logo on your flier.

And a photograph, here you go, for good measure. Taken by the lovely Daisy Douglas at buzzcut festival. Do I think this, too? No, but it's good to stay on one's toes/consider one's audience eh.