Saturday, 8 November 2008

Camp 360

It's the last night of my new play CAMP 360 tonight. I've been in the audience, front row every night and I'll be there again tonight.
It's the first play I've written that I've handed over to someone else to produce and apart from sitting in on one rehearsal, I've had nothing to do with the process and it's been very strange.
Roni and Scott at the Salford Arts Theatre have worked wonders with the kids from their youth theatre and I have to say as I sat there on opening night I was quite nervous, but there was no need as the play was BRILLIANT, even if I do say so myself!

I've deliberately not looked at the script since I handed it over in August, so on opening night I was sat there thinking of what bit came next, then couldn't really remember... so it was nice to sit and let the play unfold and enjoy with the rest of the audience.

There is one really powerful scene in the play, where one of the boys comes out as gay and he's so angry and upset because he doesn't want to be. I wrote it so that he'd flicker through a whole heap of different emotions in the space of a few minutes. I was a bit worried at how a young actor would cope with it, but Oh My God, he was AMAZING. I had goose pimples watching the scene unfold and I almost shed a tear! I clapped so hard at the end of the scene and so did the rest of the audience, he was fab as was the other lad playing along side him.

Anyway, in conclusion - writing this play has definitely been a very rewarding process. I don't think there are enough good plays for teenagers, plays where they get to play characters they can relate to and although it was my first go at writing for a group of teenagers, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, new ideas are swirling around my head as I type this!


frank said...

well, now. I always say that it takes great writing to produce a good finished product, so congrats to you for a job well done.

Remember, a piece, whether it be a play, movie or a book, never would have been brought to life without the fertile imagination of writers, for it is the writers that pluck characters and plots from thin air to create something magical!

Well done. Bravo to you.

Sally Lawton said...

Ah, Frank - what a lovely message. Thank you. x

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