One of the better things about being very into writing plays is that moment when things start coming together, when lots of disparate threads start to get tangled, when there are lots of bodies in a room.
Last week we all met - that’s Amy, Rachel, Blair, Alan and me - for a photo-shoot at the University of Glasgow’s Observatory in Maryhill. This is very exciting for lots of reasons; telescopes, a planetarium, actual space people and pretending (or failing to pretend) that I don’t secretly enjoy having my photo taken quite a lot. What’s most exciting though – well, slightly less exciting than telescopes and space, but still quite exciting – is that this is the first time all five of us have been in a room together.
Writing a play is a bit stoppy-starty, a bit here and there, a bit in your head and a bit of a pipe dream a lot of the time. You tend to write blind, not knowing what you’re writing or what use it will be. Stood dribbling over a telescope (PULSAR TELESCOPE!) last Monday I can see things a little clearer – and I don’t know where it is all going, but I can see all these other people, picking up the script, figuring out what use it has to them, what they can do with it. That’s the moment, when you can glimpse how things might come together – where there are a million possible different plays ahead. That’s very exciting, it’s the moment I bother writing plays for, I think.
(Something small I’ve noticed ... We have a shared dropbox folder for Scribble, titled SCRIBBLE funnily enough. As far as dropbox folders go it is an incredible feat, beautifully organised. I also have a dropbox folder for Scribble, also titled SCRIBBLE, that contains all the old drafts, that I used whilst writing it alone. When we first started working towards the fringe I kept saving things in the old folder by mistake, or spending ages looking in the wrong places for stuff, getting into a habit of clicking in the wrong direction, then backing up to where I had to go. I haven’t visited the old SCRIBBLE folder in weeks now, the project has moved folders by now .... )
Things are getting full on Scribble these days – everyone is getting involved and to be honest there’s not really much for me to do but sit back and observe what is happening. So here’s an update:
- Our first rehearsal happened - and it was good. We're performing some of it script-in-hand at Tandem Writing Collective's birthday party this Friday. Come along!
- I’m listening to Blair’s first stab at a composition for the audience in – if it sounds this good as you’re coming in then I think you’re in for a very tasty audible treat.
- Our crowdfunding campaign is LAUNCHED and my potted pal Nigel got involved (£485.00 donated already, so thank you for your huge generosity). Click here to check out his leaves.
- We’ve got a new member to the team – Jenny, who designs things.
We get the obligatory team photo (minus our most recent addition) – and we of course look like an underwhelming (or crap) indie band circa mid-noughties.
But then I've always wanted to be in a band...
Thirty-five days until the Edinburgh Fringe. Things are getting Scribble-y.
Written by Andy Edwards (Writer)