This is audio recorded experimental monologue in two parts that depict the impact Brexit /welfare reform has on one woman with severe mental health issues trying to keep things together and on hold to talk to someone about (I don’t know) her benefits being stopped. Or her having to go & be questioned on intimate & embarrassing issues to prove she is ill in front of someone probably not qualified in complex mental health issues. It’s my story. 😀 I am making the assumption .lol. This was an experiment (essentially scene one) as sometimes I can’t type or write so I record and act out an improvised piece. I have always been able to create characters in my mind and act them out. My daughter does the same thing. THERE IS AS GENE FOR MY PECULIARITIES? Gulp.
(the recording is not great quality-its the concept I am more interested in and how I can use it to create a piece of work that means something to me and has some relevance to the community I live. Theatre and social issues equal a match made heaven.
IN yer face drama ( this isn’t) Brechtian? (elements later on if this ever is finished) Kitchen sink drama? It’s not glam, is it… I would love to an SFX of her peeing or on the toilet having a number 2 when someone becomes available down the job centre or something. It needs a ton of work.
To digress ( briefly)
Going into my own world was my first addiction. I would disappear and create dramas and stories to escape from my real life. I started doing it when I was 5 years old and stopped when I was 15.
For this character ( loosely based on me and other people I’ve seen go through a breakdown in mental /social health) I used repetition in the characters dialogue. Iand I think that the character doing everyday chores- cleaning, making her bed contrasts with the chaos that is unravelling from the hinges in her mind. There would need to be more backstory. It needs a lot of work but I think the government should hold their heads in shame. I will always fight for justice and whatever I write.
Different actress. It’s an interesting technique to use when you have writer’s block. Like my “poetry” ( borderline) is organic and raw so is my approach to creating characters.
I didn’t study for a postgraduate degree for any other reason but to make sense of what was happening in my life. And writing became my life. I had forgotten how much I have written over the years.
So it’s rubbish QUALITY WISE( not the idea) it needs loads of work. I love the Vivaldi in the background ( in a theatre it should drive people nuts) but its better suited for an audio play or radio script because of it feels oppressive, we don’t know what the character ( not me anymore) is going to do next. WI.
God job I write for myself and not to please other people.Though I enjoy being an instigator of some one’s happiness.
I could start my final year in October. I’m enjoying learning about writing about music and engaging with people in a different way. It’s not the world of academia. And I m loving my little fashion career. I get work with my mom. And I’m happy. I’m happy that I can still write. I know I was a better writer at one point. My grandad was a self-made millionaire- twice and poverty stricken twice
I don’t write pretty cos the world not preettty. It’s fascinating and terrifying and all-consuming, fleeting, dull,
I’m done writing…
I feel ok.