It said: WE BELIEVE IN YOU.
Well, it didn't really. It said, we're going to give you some money. Not all the money you asked for, not enough to see your plays into production, but enough to help you develop your art and make steps towards your dream.
Today's a good day for dreamers.
So, what exactly is this all about?
But more specifically, it's about two plays I have written. I say plays, they are probably more of a bridge between storytelling and playwriting.
Heracles: horror to hero (working title) and The Queen Bee are both tales I have been working with for a while, but I feel have more to give. I asked the nice people at NI Arts Council if I could have some money to help me turn them into proper shows - plays in fact and lo and behold they gave me some. Yippee!
So now, I have the daunting and exciting task of getting the work done... To do this, properly (and if it's worth doing...) I need to develop my skills as an artist and learn about physical theatre, playmaking, TIE and what I am calling 'inclusive' theatre.
If you've read any previous blogs you'll know I write for children and have recently undertaken a mentorship with Replay Theatre, to develop my understanding of performance for children with SEN/ PMLD.
I am planning to go and see lots of theatre - physical and theatre for children (I will blog about anything I see here - here is my latest, seeing Pat Kinevane at the MAC).
In the summer I will undertake two weeks of development work - one for each play... this is both the most exciting and scary part of being believed in. There's so much to think about and get done and I am feeling both revved up and excited, as well as intimidated and out of my depth...
I will be sure to blog on the ups and downs of this process. Feel free to follow as I navigate my way through this exciting new world of grants and theatre in development.
Fingers crossed it will lead to enriching experiences and two fully fledged pieces of work.