Blog III of IV on the recent two day residency focusing on Murray Lachlan Young’s new script – BURLESQUE
Friday morning and whilst the cast warm up Murray heads over to the Elmhirst Centre to deliver his weekly poem for 6 Music. In his off air pre amble he tells Sean Keavney – tongue firmly in cheek – ‘I’m here in rainy Devon rehearsing my play …. its in workshop….we’ve got actors doing things that they do as we steal all their ideas and pretend that I wrote them…the whole things in verse so we’re kind of working on the verse and finding out what works and what doesn’t’.
Straight after Murray is back to the lap top. The last section of the text has been re written overnight and needs some final adjustments – Paul wants to test it that afternoon. At 11am I’m back at the photo copier.
Back in the rehearsal room the text continues to be dissected.
Over lunch Murray, Paul and I meet to plot the rehearsed reading of the piece on April 19th at London’s Drill Hall. Theres already a confidence about the piece – so the discussion focuses on who we need to have at that reading – and how we take the piece forward beyond April. Theres general agreement we’re looking for two theatre partners – ideally one in the South West and one in London. We also talk about the launch of the project’s crowd sourcing fundraising site. Supporters are going to be able to buy words, speeches and limited edition copies of the text.
Paul cuts the meeting short to re start with the actors.
The development process of Burlesque is supported by Arts Council South West and partners Beaford Arts, Dartington and the Works.