We were given the commission brief for our final major project today, which is titled ‘Saints and Sinners’ and looks to cover the “goodies and baddies” as Lynn explained it. I was slightly dubious about this brief to start with as I thought it might be a little shallow and slightly cliche, however after a while of thinking it over I realised there are so many more things one could do with that typified as a stimulus and didn’t have to restrict us as actors and devisors to slimply give in to the easy and generic options.
Finding out that the structure of our performance was already confirmed as being a review style show was slightly disappointing for many of us to start with as we worried that it wouldn’t provide a strong enough foundation for our end performance and restricted our creative freedom. Nevertheless, I was secretly quite relieved as I was worried about our whole year group attempting to work together to create and rehearse a full show together. I personally think that working in smaller groups will be more beneficial and will assure we have solid, polished performances by the time of the performance date as we should be able to organise rehearsals more easily and are likely to be working with likeminded people that don’t conflict. Also learning from the experience of last year’s year 2 FMP rehearsal process trying to work together on just one piece restricts everyone’s contribution and doesn’t give people equal chances to perform or contribute to the devising/directing process.
The one thing I do have concerns about in regards to doing a review style show is that it can become unclear to audiences how the pieces are linked and can start to look like a variety act show instead of a complete show. Therefore I propose that when piece our show together we look at creating s through narrative or something that clearly links the pieces together (other than the title ‘Saints and Sinners’). This could be done with having characters that are linked in some and introducing some kind of exhchnage between each of the acts such as a short piece of dialogue that contextualises the scene.