I May Destroy You

Holy. That season finale. I won’t go into specific details but please don’t read any further if you’re avoiding any amount of spoilers. I’d just like to comment on Michaela Coel’s talent for crafting a narrative structure. The recurring motif of the season, or perhaps more accurately the allegory that underpins Arabella’s process of healing,Continue reading “I May Destroy You”

On What You Know

To add to yesterday’s post on being in the middle of the process: when I’m confused about what’s going on or can’t quite see the full picture, I try to focus on what I do know: This character wants to break up with his boyfriend but doesn’t know how. The next scene likely won’t happenContinue reading “On What You Know”

In the Middle

I often discover, part way through a creative process, that I have no idea what I’m doing. The only current example would be this play I’m re-writing. I can’t seem to focus on it all that well, but when I do end up writing a page or two of dialogue, I have absolutely no senseContinue reading “In the Middle”

Being Likeable

For both my work and my personality, I often find it freeing to remind myself that some people just won’t like it. No matter what we do, we’re bound to rub up against some form of pushback or distaste. If we’re always trying to satisfy the needs of everyone encountering our work then we areContinue reading “Being Likeable”

The Art of Flailing

We don’t have to have something to say in order to create. While I’m a big proponent of theatre having meaning of some kind, I personally don’t sit down to write a play and think “I have this really important message to bestow upon the world!” I sit down to write and end up flailingContinue reading “The Art of Flailing”

Experience vs Story

I’m more interested in the experience an audience member has attending a play than I am in crafting the perfect story. Story is important in the writing process, sure, but the liveness of theatre calls for a game to be played: an encounter with strangers that unfolds like a mystery. Audiences are presented with dotsContinue reading “Experience vs Story”

Inevitable Dislike

I’m editing a play with the intention of mounting it again in the (hopefully not-too-distant) future. Every time I step away from it it takes me a long time to get back. When I lack focus like this I try to pinpoint the specific obstacles. For this one, as for many projects, I’m caught upContinue reading “Inevitable Dislike”

Take a Note

Celebrated Canadian playwright Michael Healey led a webinar through Citadel Theatre recently. Many things stood out to me but one thing I thought I’d share is his note on taking notes. In the writing process, we have to be able to take notes from others. You create a play in order for an audience toContinue reading “Take a Note”