Thursday, February 18, 2010

A New Play

Rehearsals for the new play, We Happy Few by Imogen Stubbs have started. We're just having problems casting young women.

Whenever we take on a play that requires a large-ish number of people, we have a problem with casting. One of the problems is with younger people. Most of the people involved are forty and over, with a smattering of younger ones. Those who get most heavily involved tend to be the older ones.

So we're short of two young women.

We had one young lady turn up and she was great for the part, but her husband is taking her away to Paris on the weekend of the performance.

Another lady could easily take on the part of Charlie, but she, too, will be away that weekend.

Unfortunately, none of these female parts can be doubled up. Still, we have until May.

Other than that, the directors have decided to go with a minimalist set. Two large clothes rails, a small table and some chairs. Maybe a couple of other props littered around too.

We may have solved one problem by tonight as another teenager is interested, but we'll have to wait and see if she passes the audition.

Let the fun begin...again.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Good News and Revelations

Good News. Pantechnicon issue ten is out and has my short story, Vehicles, inside.

Another step on the way to becoming rich, famous and the most dominant writer in the whole of human history: Mwahahahahaha!

On a different matter, I recently read a book by Mark Haddon entitled 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'.

It is the story of Christopher, a 15 year old boy who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. One night he discovers a neighbour's dog, Wellington, dead. It had been killed with a garden fork.

He decides to write his investigations down and shows them to his teacher, Siobhan, who encourages him in his writing.

The book does go off on several tangents, as Asperger's people tend to do, but is accurate in its portrayal of Asperger's and the people that suffer from it. How do I know? My eldest has Asperger's. So do I.

Reading Christopher's story was disturbing for me as I could see many aspects of his life in my past, though not to the same extent. The need for regularity, the obsession with relatively unimportant things and the 'logicality' of his thought.

It was also a breath of fresh air, as it highlighted so many aspects of my son's life to me, aspects that I had forgotten.

It is not a textbook on Asperger's but it does give a glimpse into the world of the sufferers, and especially into the minds and lives of those who try and cope with it, and sometimes fail.