Blogposts written by Rachel Pollard

a show about choice pt1

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This is the first blog entry for our new show a show about choice (working title).
I’ve never done one of these before so here it goes…
I suppose if I were to read one of these from another company I would be interested in their process and the issues (good and bad) that they come across so I have tried to focus on that subject. If you want me to talk about other things then email me as that’s what this is for.
I’ve been working for about a year now on this show – that doesn’t mean that it looks that way so far! It’s a solo show and a new way of working for myself.
So far I’ve created the scaffold structure (still in its rough shell form) and the story for the show.
I think that one of the more difficult moments has been trying to find different ways of telling the story with just one performer. I want the story to be thoughtful and the character to be interesting (and not annoying) for the audience. I want them to care but also I want there to be some sort of ‘wall’ so as not to have complete direct address with the audience. With this, how does the character speak? Are they speaking to themselves? What tense is the show in? This all then leads in to the main bulk of our devising, which is –  How do we then integrate the physical ‘skills’ into the show?
For me a big part of our work is creating work that fuses different art forms. I don’t think I do this to show off our skills! But I do it because if I go to the theatre or if I watch a film I’m interested when there is a blend of style or form, in particular the point at which those forms meet. I find it exciting. I find that the images you can create have so many possibilities and you are not tied into a particular ‘box’. This is then a much more freeing process to work in, although, of course, there are draw backs with expectations. I suppose it’s hard to market work that crosses forms – where do you put it in the programme? who is the audience? do audiences or critics expect too much from one particular form?
I’m asking a lot of questions here but am too hungry to interrogate myself. Hopefully I will be back on here to carry on this discussion and start new ones soon, but first I need some cheese on toast.