CONTACT ROOM ONE Space
CONTACT ROOM ONESpace
RESIDENT FROM Mar 15 - Jun 15
Room One Space | Writing
As well as invaluable access to rehearsal space, I have been given time.
It has been this time and space that has allowed our collaboration to not just make my idea for a play into something real, but to work on that idea, to refine it, to improve it and change it. Thanks to Room One, and thanks to my work with Lois, my abstract idea for a play rooted in concepts I wanted to explore has been transformed into a story about two 13 year-old girls, and their attempts to stay best friends in the face of all the pressures of puberty and conformity that I was interested in as concepts when I proposed the project, but really knew nothing of the truth of.
My work with Lois over the past year has taken numerous forms, all of which Room One has supported: interviews, readthroughs, workshops, and culminating now in full readings of the second draft of the play. I feel very lucky to have enjoyed Room One’s support during the residency – I have been offered help and support at every turn but have also been given that time and space to find out for myself how best to develop the project further. In this way I have been able to learn a lot about my own process, which is something I will take on through the rest of my career.
The residency at Room One has been the difference between the idea for a play and that play now receiving public readings.
Therefore it is also fitting that the next read through of my completed play, SLAP, will take place in the very space where the idea was developed. SLAP will be read at 1.00 on 25th May 2016. It will be wonderful to share my work in a place where I was so greatly supported.