World Nomad Entry: Bingo With Babushka.

A friend recently brought my attention back to a competition run by World Nomad – an opportunity to travel with and be mentored by Tim Neville.

I’d seen the opportunity, but dismissed it for the usual reasons – self doubt, time restraints, feelings of inadequacy etc…

But then I reminded myself: This is what I’d love to spend my life doing – writing, traveling, meeting new people, learning as much as I can. So why not enter? You had to tell a story under one of three categories, in under 2,500 characters. This would be a great chance for me to hone my skills, and my pitching powers. Besides, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

So, with the view to creating something and putting myself out there, I took a leap! I wrote about an encounter I had during my very first international project. If you’d like to have a read, you can here.

Enjoy!

 

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Play Fifteen: What a Saga.

Let’s write a saga

Massive, huge stories that span over years and years.

Many characters, several generations.

The bigger – the better.

Ok, so my play isn’t that big, and all the generations are there at the same time, but there are some nods to to multiple generations, decades and many years!

Even if it does all happen within the space of half an hour… in the our world..!

Enjoy!

What A Saga

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled.

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Day Nine: Good Eating.

Day Ten: 고등학교 뮤지컬.

Day Eleven: Counting Calories.

Day Twelve: The Ten Minute Play.

Play Fourteen – Body and Me

Body parts – meet writers, writers – meet body parts.
Hope you have a hoot!

Bonus points? Make the play the most moving, gut wrenching piece of drama ever written, maybe even make yourself weep as you write… but don’t write about illness, decay or death.

Not sure about gut wrenching drama, but I did find myself feeling a little emotional – body and me, we’ve come a long way!

Enjoy!

Body and Me

Early People Perks.

Are you always the early one? I am. So is my husband, which can mean we make a dangerous couple, four hours early for a flight anyone…?

The other day, I was early, as always. I was meeting my friends in London at 12pm. I live an hour and half away. I got there at 11.10am… It’s an 88 minute journey and I’d basically left myself an extra hour… story of my life.

Selfies: A Time Killing Standard

But that’s ok. The internet’s full of ‘Early People Problems‘, (some ever dare to suggest that all early people are pessimists!) but I just don’t have any problems with being early. I don’t spend my early time feeling resentful that other people aren’t there. It’s my choice. I’m a panic-er, I would SO rather be an hour early than spend my journey sweating with fear that I might be late.

Besides, I’d rather kill an hour close to where I need to be, than at home and then potentially face delays. Besides, it’s so easy to kill time in London!

Take the chance to wander the streets of majestic London!

So, early people, let’s celebrate our forward-thinking and obsessive time-checking. Let’s not lament ‘Early People Problems’, but party in some ‘Early People Perks!

  1. You get choose where you sit at a dinner table!
  2. You can explore the area and learn what’s around. Then when it comes to deciding where to go next – you’re an expert!
  3. You might discover something cool! (On this occasion, I went into the Tate and stumbled across an enormous swinging pendulum!)
  4. You have time to grab anything you’ve forgotten. (Like a birthday card because you forgot you were meeting up for their birthday…)
  5. Delays do not stress you out. Leaves on the rails and half-hour delays? No problem! (I’ll still be twenty minutes early!)
  6. Employers, and potential employers, love you.
  7. You get a chance to settle, relax and get comfortable. Run to the loo, take a breath, fix your windswept hair – all in your own time!
  8. You learn to be content with your own company and occupy yourself.

Now I get it, my earliness is not an inherently positive thing, I stress way too much at the thought of being even a little late, and it can make me very cranky as we get ready to go, or induce a panic attack. And not everyone finds it easy to be on time, I know a lot of people whose anxiety holds them back and tries to keep them indoors. If I could be on time, and be happy with being on time, I would. But until I’m in that place, why not celebrate the perks of arriving hours early in a strange town?!

Are you an early person or a late one? Let me know in the comments below.

Play Thirteen: The Windowsill of Happiness.

Please write a play to be performed to 14-18 year olds.

Use your phone to record as many people as possible talking […] about their own experiences in the light of a subject that you are interested in.
EG: […] First Love
Listen to the recordings.
Write a monologue play attributing as many as possible of those memories to one person.
You can use Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads as a template if you like.

What a lot of work for one day! I work from home, so I contacted a few friends asking for their input. However, I didn’t have time to send out requests, wait to receive them, listen and process the recordings and then input them into some sort of character. (Though an interesting idea for a future project…!)

So, what to do? I mined my memories for titbits friends had said, or experienced, in the past. Things that have stuck with me. And I smooshed them all into one person’s experience, changed a lot of the details, embellished a bit and… voila!

I think it could be quite a powerful piece for older teenagers, stuck in a messy world of dating, feelings and fragile self-worth. With a bit of work, I think it could pack a real message of self-love and grounding yourself in something other than other people’s opinions of you.

Enjoy!

The Windowsill Of Happiness (Adult content)

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled. 

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Day Nine: Good Eating.

Day Ten: 고등학교 뮤지컬.

Day Eleven: Counting Calories.

Day Twelve: The Ten Minute Play.

Play Twelve: The Ten Minute Play

Decide how much time you want to write today.

Get your timer out and programme into it half of the time you set for today.

[…] Start writing about anything.

[…] Once the timer beeps – stop writing. Take a short break and then set your timer again for the second half, in which you are to edit the play, make sure it has an extraordinary ending, get the formatting right, etc.

[…] For bonus points, maybe use a new font that you’ve never used before…

Today I have bossed life; fixed our door, flipped the boat around, cruised to the water point, filled our boat with water, emptied the loo (didn’t say it was a glamorous day…) flipped the boat again, brought it back, moored up and went for a run. All by myself, and with Scruff.

So, I thought I’d treat myself to just ten minutes of writing. In fact, it’ll probably take me longer to write and publish this post…

It was harder than I thought, five (initial) minutes is not much at all! Still, it was a brilliant exercise in focus and channelling your energy on one thing at a time, solely and completely.

I’ve written before about setting times to work to, giving yourself completely to one thing at a time to achieve all your dreams – and this was like a tiny, condensed version of that!

Me: Ryo, what shall I write about.

Ryo: Knights of the realm.

So I did.

Enjoy!

Ten Minute Play

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled. 

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Day Nine: Good Eating.

Day Ten: 고등학교 뮤지컬.

Day Eleven: Counting Calories.

Play Eleven: Counting Calories.

Numbers are so friggin’ awesome, and you can do so much with them – from basic arithmetic to some intense hardcore calculus.
‘But how does that lend itself to a play?’, I hear you ask

[…] What about a dialogue that is structured as a Fibonacci sequence (1 word, 1 word, 2 words, 3 words, 5 words, 8 words, etc…)?
What about a play about someone who can only talk in even lettered words?
[…] Or if you want to go more abstract – just have number 7 and number 11 arguing on who is more in their prime!

[…] Anyway, go mathematical-crazy! Mathematicalazy!

I’m going to leave you to work out the pattern to this eleven-line play. (It is day eleven after all…!)

Enjoy!

Counting Calories

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled. 

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Day Nine: Good Eating.

Day Ten: 고등학교 뮤지컬.

Play Ten: 고등학교 뮤지컬

[…] this year – let’s go easy and write a Jukebox musical!

[…] So let’s make it more interesting! Use only K-Pop

[…] Now bring on the JuK(e)-Pop-Box MusiK-Pop-als!

P.S. Here’s a playlist if you need one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzJvBgsFjvQ

A Korean pop jukebox musical? Don’t mind if I do.

I loved this challenge! I never would have thought to write a Korean musical, ever. And now I have. From love triangles to cheesy dialogue, comedy sidekicks and obvious pay-offs… I couldn’t be happier!
At 15 pages, it’s also the longest one I’ve written yet (without lyrics).
AND, I’m awarding myself bonus points for there not being a Gangnam in sight….

I call it 고등학교 뮤지컬 (godeunghaggyo myujikeol), or Google’s translation of ‘High-school musical’.

Enjoy!

고등학교 뮤지컬

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled. 

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Day Nine: Good Eating.

Play Nine: Good Eating.

Today we’re going dark. But I leave it to you to decide what sort of darkness is right for you. 

You can either go into the dark deep blue sea for a bit of animal research, in which case – follow this link:

BLUE WHALE

Or you can go into the dark side of humanity […]

{I didn’t go there!}

And so, I present to you, four characters in an unusual, dark, meeting place…

Enjoy!

Good Eating

 

Catch Up!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled. 

Day Eight: The Relay Play.

Play Eight : The Relay Play

Let’s be all sporty.

Find your inspiration from a sportical event, or from the culture of sportiality or from observing sportition.

Be athletic in your delivery and add competitive elements to it.

[…] a gold medal instead, to anyone that doesn’t just use sport as a theme, but actually uses it for the form of the play (for example, why not write a play in 10 parts that mirrors the decathalon?)

To be honest, I misread the brief to read:  a gold medal, to anyone that doesn’t actually use sport as a theme, but uses it for the form of the play

So, whilst my form is sporty (a relay competition), the content is decidedly not that sporty… Although, there is a reference to sport in every scene!!

Enjoy!

Relay Play

 

CATCH UP!

Day One: Fight Song.

Day Two: So What, The Deer’s Some Kind of Metaphor?

Day Three: A Celestial Experience.

Day Four: A Summer’s Day.

Day Five: Bang.

Day Six: A Fine Balance.

Day Seven: Untitled.