Thursday, May 05, 2011
The Mary Anning Play - another chapter
But, all in all, the piece requires exactly the same attention to character and situation that I would give to the full length play or the monologue aimed at adults.
Since the last time I posted we have visited Mary's stamping ground in Lyme Regis and followed her footsteps along the clayey, clingy beach and under the dark forbidding cliffs. So I have a much richer sense of place and the character.
Last time I told you about "Chasing" where I'm chasing out details to enrich the piece. Well, now I'm going through a process I call "combing" where I kep returning to the script from the beginning and combing out some of the tangles and finding hidden pieces of character that I have buried in either intentionally or unconsciously. That leads me on to another process of reinforcing and amplifying character traits within the dialogue (or monologue as in this case). I call this "grooming" and its where the character begins to gain real solidity and depth.
Rewriting the monologue for children has enabled me to develop all three of these processes so much that I can actually hear Mary's voice each time I read through. Oh yes, its a play. Its meant to be performed so each time I go through I read it out loud. The voice has to be right when spoken so I'm spending most of my time chattering way to myself. Goodness only knows what the neighbours think.