The model behind Let's Speak Of The Unspoken
As a series Let's Speak Of The Unspoken (LSOTU) evokes the oral traditions within storytelling, layering realtime dialogue with spoken actions and descriptions in a space devoid of physical sets. Intentionally, actors hold the scripts in hand, performing out to the audience and do not engage physically with each other. At the begin of each reading the playwright and actors informally greet audience members, helping them to find a position which suits them. (ie - best chair for a sore back, closer in to hear better, unsure of what to expect so nearer to the door) The perception of informality is key to developing the audience's belief in their right to express opinions of the work and the representation of their shared experiences with out fear of judgement.
The Conversation is an integral component to LSOTU. It follows on from Question & Answer sessions but with the direct answering removed. The Conversation appears to be a casual, free form chat for those who wish to participate, but careful planning and consultation goes into each question/inquiry. Working as facilitators, the playwright and actors are able to gain greater insight into the intricacies of the issues portrayed and note where future content may be generated. Representatives from the collaborating community organisations and support groups also participate, answering any direct questions specific to their areas of expertise and offer up avenues to further support.
Live performance has the unequalled gift of one-off experience. We have all felt grounded to our seats after a deeply personal and profound response to a creative work. Imagine an audience remaining behind, as a whole, to talk about their own personal experiences. Not simply, later in the foyer with a vino in hand, waxing lyrical on the portrayals or soundscape choices. When personal connections are acknowledged and audiences feel pivotal to the growing depth of a work then it fosters longevity and relevance outside of the performance space.
CREATIVE SCHEDULE - to be initiated for each of the six plays with in LSOTU
- The writing process, informed by interviews, shared conversation and collaboration between the playwright, Support/Advocacy organisations specific to issues addressed in the work, and their members.
- Creative development of drafted script with actors and dramaturg. Rigorous peer critique of work within a contemporary theatre framework of the likes of Metro Arts - Brisbane. Readings of script to select audiences made up of the participating organisations and individuals from Stage 1.
- Implementation of funding/sponsorship strategies to target local community organisations, businesses and Councils.
- Engage with local branches/representatives from participating Support/Advocacy organisations.
- Formalise Reading Tour logistics.
- Regional Reading Tour (max. 5 days/tour inc. travel) to each location by actors and playwright/facilitator for further content generation and character/story integrity.
- Final script development by playwright and dramaturg to incorporate relevant content generated from Reading Tour.
- In partnership with local producers/arts bodies, initiate co-production opportunities with the regional theatre companies/venues based in the Reading Tour locations.
- Develop funding framework to produce an intimate Staged Production of the play in its final form.
- Staged Production Tour of the play to each of the participating regional centres.