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Ghosts of Celluloid

He sits at the back of the theatre

Recalls how it was all new


No colour, no computer generated effects

Not even sound.

He looks at people hunched over their phones.

People move so much faster

He doesn’t get why people

Wear their hair the way that

They do

Why the news is always bad

He knows that the day he wakes up

Without pain

Will be when he’s dead.

Stopping to make conversation

But there’s no time for that

People too busy

He looks out

Wishes not that he could go back

He treasures every precious mistake

Nor does he seek to disappear

No, what he asks for,

As the music swells

Is that things slow down

To the point

That we could all stop

See one another

And start to talk

She moves from the screen

From a time before

The world broke her spirit

Her lips press against his cheek

Not caring that his hands shook

Too much to shave

His chest grows tight

And he follows her

Leaving everything behind

Missing every frustrated second

As he lets the world go on

Without him.



Random Observations

I’ve been thinking about writing a play. Having seen film adaptations of Tracy Letts’ work I like the possibility of doing it. 

Certainly there’s a thrill to live theatre in that there’s an element of risk to it. Being the soil for such a moment has its appeal but I wouldn’t be casual about it for that reason. It would warrant some study but I think I would enjoy it. 

Had an idea that made me chuckle with the audacity and tingle with the possibility.  I suppose if anything defines me then it’s curiosity and novelty. 

Notions of good and evil are redundant if you are writing about non human creatures or intelligences.  there’s a core imperative to follow that can access different types of character which in turn will be fun to explore. 
Don’t write solely for the market.  Write for someone.  It lends focus and attention to what you are writing.  Entertain someone else and you stand a chance to entertain more than one person. 

I won’t police anyone else but myself.  That’s not to be apathetic


Taming of the shrew

There’s a lovely series of documentaries with notable actors discussing their favourite Shakespeare plays. 

Morgan Freeman has chosen Taming of the shrew as his.  It’s an interesting choice and I found value in it’s ambiguities and openness of interpretation. 

Kate is a sensuous and passionate character who resists the controlling of her unless it’s on her terms.  The difficulty of the scenes where it verges on abuse and the pace limits the sting of discomfort.
It’s a lovely documentary and features the awesome pairing of Raul Julia and the stunning Meryl Streep at the 70s Shakespeare In The Park production.