Things have been rather hectic recently due to exciting news and the subsequent work of planning and creating. Long story short, my project What Would Kanye Do? has not only been programmed in this years Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh (26th May – 4th June) but has also received funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland!!!!
As you can imagine I was truly ELATED to receive this news. The funding will support a work in progress performance of What Would Kanye Do at Hidden Door Festival in Leith on the 1st 2nd and 3rd of June @ 8:30pm. To find out more and book tickets click here. You can also check out the WWKD instagram account here
We are almost halfway through rehearsals and I have been blessed with a small but extremely supportive team:
Director: Sarah Short
Sound Designer: Alex Mackay
Producer: Stephanie Katie Hunter
For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’ve been playing with this idea for a few years now, even creating a theatre piece about rap music while I was still training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014.
It’s been a challenging and exciting shift to move into the piece predominantly as a performer after spending so long with it floating round my head whilst writing application after application for various platforms and funds. The rehearsals began with myself, Sarah and Alex meeting at Playwright’s Studio Scotland (an organisation who have supported me in so many ways over the past few years) to read through the script as it then existed. We discussed themes and Alex shared the music he had worked on so far. Then Sarah and myself went up to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotlands Wallace Studios (the RCS have kindly provided us with rehearsal space for the piece) to get the script on its feet.
Since then, it has been Sarah and myself working together on the script and staging, stretching out and testing the content, discussing the themes in the piece, and asking questions about what we want the piece to do. We both work in quite an instinctive way, and both have an awareness of when to leave something alone for a bit and when to dig deeper. Sarah and I have been friends for years but this is our first time working together and I’ve found that our close friendship has meant that I’ve been able to feel held enough by her to take risks, explore, and challenge myself.
There’s also a lesson for me at this point in letting go of the level of control I had been operating at prior to rehearsals. Of course there is still admin to do/emails to send. But there is now also the experience of creating something new, of finding unexpected emotions and energies. I had been so caught up in the organisational component of the project that I had almost forgotten what it is to surrender yourself to the creative process. To dive in head first and trust in the work.
It has been scary in a rather glorious way…..
Marcy out……….*mic drop*