'IT MUST BE TOLD.' 2013
Performance lecture (PowerPoint slide show, play text, wicker trunk, stool, chair, blanket, 'theatrical gauze', lamp, electric candles, fixings, data projector, notes)
An unscripted, improvised talk about my fascination with the various elements surrounding a long-running west end ghost play, incorporating stage directions, lighting cues, footage of my own rehearsals at RADA, statistics, hyperbole, 61 near-identical jpegs and 'everything but the main action' from an actors' edition of the play text.
Although seemingly based around the story of a specific London theatrical production the talk is actually a purposely evasive examination of the early stages of any untested idea, the way it shifts and forms as you hear yourself recite it outloud.
My only interest in the play itself is in its traditional structure - as a ghost play, a west end production and a classic play-within-a-play - from plot and effects to production decisions and marketing. The talk itself is elliptically stuctured around a series of mirrorings and repetitions, as a story of uncertainty and improvised research methods becomes a dramatised narrative in itself. However as the talk goes on we realise that my motivations and the plight of the main characters have become irrevocably entwined.