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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.66.23.11
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 05:44 pm:   

As an interesting counterpoint to the ever popular What are you reading threads...

I'm currently tryingt o write another one act play at the moment. First time I've written for the stage in years. This time I'm trying to tell two separate stories side by side - both using exactly the same dialogue, and using the stage directions, props and emotions from the actors to drive the stories in their different directions.The basic format - starts with 5 lines of story A, then the actors in story A freeze and on the other side of the stage The actors in story B do 10 lines, starting with the first 5 that we've just heard. once they've done their 10, switch back to story A for 10 lines and so on and so forth until the very last lines which I'm wondering if the actors should do in unison...

It's a bit of a challenge to say the least.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.193.128
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 06:33 pm:   

You seen Ayckbourn's stuff, Weber? He uses similar tricks. Very ingenious.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.66.23.11
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 06:44 pm:   

Damn! he's not done this trick himself has he? I don't want people to think I'm copying.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.193.128
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 06:54 pm:   

No, but he does similar stuff, like having three plays running concurrently, so that when a character works out of one, s/he walks into another. Mind-bogglingly clever.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.193.128
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 06:56 pm:   

Woody Allen's MELINDA AND MELINDA explores similar territory. The same story told once as comedy, and, side by side, again as tragedy.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.174.112.141
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 07:07 pm:   

Ah yes, The Norman Conquests... Sounds interesting, Marc - keep us informed.
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.116.60.39
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 10:27 pm:   

I'm currently writing my Bachelor endpaper on the Pirate Party.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 10:30 pm:   

Now? This.
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.8.28.22
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 - 10:41 pm:   

Go for it, Marc!

Me, I'm in that limbo between stuff.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 - 03:44 am:   

And me, in all seriousness, I'm putting the polish on a new specócalled DON'T LOOK AWAY, sort of a Rear Window meets "found-footage" meets contained-thriller... sort of. All done, just giving it that final dusting, and then it's off my managerówho really wants me developing super-uber high-concept loglines (preferably scifi and/or horror) that I can then develop into a screenplay. This is how it works in Hollywood now, it seems: come up with a great sentence, THEN worry about the story, the movie, the characters, etc.... Nothing's as important as that pithy concept. So it goes.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.212.231.237
Posted on Monday, March 04, 2013 - 08:53 am:   

My god I can be stupid sometimes. Just because I'm giving the characters the same words to say, in the same order, they don't need to be the same sentences. It's amazing how a well placed comma or full stop can reverse the meaning entirely. 'it's not that I want to hurt you'. 'It's not that. I want to hurt you'. Same words - opposite meaning.

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