Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Once Upon A Stage...
You really wanna know? Like you really wanna know!?
Ok Quest, here's what happened.
Yesterday- Writing for Stage and Screen class- 15:30
I've been preparing, like, all of last week for this lecture... reading about the damned 'Theatre of Catastrophe'... trying to get myself to understand what it stands for... blaa!
Our tutor asked us to read about it and react to it "even if you think it's rubbish, say so, and say why" ...
Well, he asked for it...
Omg, I should be expelled!!
I'm not a bad student. I was just trying to get things straight... in a way or another. Cos, I hardly know anything about theatre, let alone Theatre of Catastrophe... it's like a Catastrophe on its own!!
So, he asks us what we thought... One of my colleagues expresses that he thinks it's absurd. I thought: "Ok, good. A negative perspective, so I won't be the odd one out."
Like that's some kinda justification to that type of thinking?! Puh-lease
Tutor turns to me: what have you to say?
Me: I agree with James, and think that it's unreasonable to presume that an audience would want to go and attend a play and subject themselves to pain and torture- which is what this type of theatre often explores- let alone the fact that we as humans don't appreciate the exposition of our lives in front of us (dunno where I got that from)
Tutor blinks: Well that's the main purpose of most plays is that they exhibit our lives before us.
Me: True. But the idea of wanting to go and witness what might be disturbing is quite absurd.
Tutor (his face turning red to his ears): So, if you were told to go see Macbeth or Henry V, you wouldn't go see it because of the violence within it?
Me (Ooops): Surely I would go see them as their being a classic...
Fortunately, the discussion shifts to another route.
I dunno what happened there, but it kinda gave me the sense that I wouldn't get it. Unless I try mega harder. I'm an Anti-Complication type of person, if that makes sense.... hhhhh
But I spoke later on to my program manager, who is an incredibly nice man, and expressed my concerns about the module, and whether I'd be able to follow the pace. Luckily, I'm not obliged to write a stage script, rather a script for screen, which is kinda my thing, cos I get to write the story... as a story- hence imagining it as a movie- and then would transform it into script format.
Yippee... case solved hehe
Well, at least I went through the trouble of finding a suitable pic for my post... Who other than Tuxedo Mask (from Sailor Moon) would better serve the purpose *batting her eyelashes*
Today at the Short Story Workshop, we practiced writing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person narrative. 3rd is great and a piece of cake. 1st is something of a challenge but is tolerable. 2nd... mmmmbbaa. lol quite out of the ordinary I must say. Never done it before, unless within dialogue.
NB: for those who are unfamiliar with this:
1st person: is when the main character is the narrator "I said... I did..."
2nd person: is when the narrator is indicating YOU lol "you ate your breakfast...etc"
3rd person: is when the narrator is the viewer of events, the one looking over the characters shoulder if I may say "he said... she said..."
Later after that, we went to our main building screen room to watch a documentary about two British citizens who carried out a bombing attack in Telaviv back in 2004. Shocking I must say. My program manager is one of the researchers on the case for the documentary, and we held a discussion about it.
Well packed day... and a rainy one too ^_^ beautiful weather when it's raining... I tend to feel better.... and calm.
Loads of writing to do.. and loads of stuff to start reading about (if you know what I'm sayin' ) lol
Till next time ;)