Hello, lovely reader! Are you enjoying March so far? You do look well, I must say.
Last year I devoted about 96% of my time and energy to one project: Tumbling After at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was an amazing experience, an enormous learning curve, and a privilege to be part of. However, because devising a physically experimental, relationship-centred show with extensive character development and a seven-month rehearsal process was somewhat draining, I made a foolish mistake. I made a sweeping statement to many of my friends and loved ones: “If I ever talk about directing a devised show again, punch me in the face.”
Dear reader, I am about to be punched in the face by everyone I know and love.
The problem with my sweeping statement is threefold (“Joey had reasons. They were threefold.”):
- Just as when you are drunk, grieving, angry or ill, you cannot be trusted to make life decisions when you’re working on a Fringe show. It’s a ludicrous idea.
- All theatre involves some element of making it up as you go along, so to disregard devising entirely was not a clever idea.
- No one should ever make sweeping statements, let alone an exaggeration-prone theatre director with a severe caffeine dependency problem and an appalling short-term memory.
So it should be no surprise to anyone that I have once again embarked on a show that will involve devising. Line up with your boxing gloves, kids.
I am already very excited about this show, because I genuinely think that it will be fascinating (to make and watch, hopefully). The show is called A Year From Now, and the premise is as follows:
Anyone can answer the question “where do you see yourself a year from now?” Not everyone will necessarily want to answer: many of my esteemed colleagues from the creative sphere will have answers ranging from “oh GOD, I don’t KNOW” to “Living in a box under London Bridge. Shurrup and leave me alone.” However, the fact remains that anyone who is old enough to talk can consider their future existence, and my producer (the irrepressible Kate Goodfellow and the amazing mind behind Tumbling After) and I want to interview people, get some answers and build a show around them.
Kate and I have assembled a cracking cast and are currently in discussions about a fantastic venue in central London. We can’t go into too much detail yet, but if you would like to be interviewed, please let us know. We want as many contributions as possible from all kinds of people, and we are very excited about the answers we might get.
That’s all for now. Have a wonderful Thursday.