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Ah yes, a process.
At the heart of every show is a golden nugget of actors. These actors are talented and versatile and hopefully will stay with us forever. This pool of talent is dipped into as the need arises, and is always being replenished with more talented and versatile actors...
Then we have the writer and director. They donít stay with us forever. But they do have to stay with us for the production of a play and we hope come back and do it all again. They will transform our talented and versatile actors into a show.
And this is how: At the beginning of the month we all get together (the writer, the director and the actors, that is) to have a brainstorming and "get to know each other" session.
The aim of the group meeting is two-fold: Firstly, it allows the writer and director to get to know each other and their cast, enabling them to discover and use each others' strengths. Secondly, it is a forum for ideas upon which to base the show: we do not usually produce pre-written scripts, instead the piece is written for the actors in that group, following the initial brainstorming session. Those who read newspapers can talk of interesting stuff in the papers, those who watch TV can talk about interesting stuff on TV, and those who have lives can talk about interesting life stuff; and the themes that people wish to explore and other ideas are identified. The writer then goes away to write the first draft, as he or she sees fit, based on the ideas thrown around at the group meeting.
One week after that, the writer will have drafted an inspired piece and given it to the actors and director to begin work on, and mull over. The draft is then re-worked by the writer accordingly. Another week on and the writer will have more or less set the piece. Rehearsals will start shortly after this. It is an entirely collaborative process.
(This is a broad outline of the working process. It changes and adapts with different writers and directors).
We are also willing to use our resources to produce other projects which occasionally writers or other "creative types" suggest to us. We look at these ideas individually and do not always stick to the set format. Anything could change.
What does stay the same though is the work ethic of First Draft: to create new pieces of theatre (which could be finished pieces or could be the seeds of something greater), but which have not been left to gather dust as the world moves on around them. The work is immediately given the airing that every new piece deserves.
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