19:30, Thu 22nd – Fri 23rd February 2018 at Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio
Lent Week 5
On 31st January 2018, we lost the rights to perform a show.
Within five hours, a new idea was born.
‘Re: write // a collective work’ will fill the creative space that was made momentarily and hauntingly empty. We are devising an immersive piece of theatre in which we will dramatise the struggle to create, and the fear of both finding and losing your voice.
Our starting point will be this passage of Hélène Cixous’ ‘The Laugh of Medusa’ — ‘And why don’t you write? Write! Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. I know why you haven’t written. (And why I didn’t write before the age of twenty-seven.) Because writing is at once too high, too great for you, it’s reserved for the great – that is, for “great men”; and it’s “silly.” Besides, you’ve written a little, but in secret. And it wasn’t good, because it was in secret, and because you punished yourself for writing, because you didn’t go all the way; or because you wrote, irresistibly, as when we would masturbate in secret, not to go further, but to attenuate the tension a bit, just enough to take the edge off.’ We are not yet writers. But we are going to try.
The collective company will, by 22.02.18, have created a new work. By the end of each performance, the audience too shall have come together to create, without realising it, a collective work of their own.
Re: write will be documenting their process here: https://rewritecollective.wordpress.com/
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