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From the West Cliff
It is almost exactly twelve months since I was commissioned to write (and subsequently direct) a play about the sex campaigner Marie Stopes for AsOne Theatre Company. Well, the script is written, the actors are cast, the Designer is designing and countless others are doing the sort of things they do. Tomorrow we start four days of development with a taster day at Portland Museum on Sunday. This is about as exciting as it gets for a writer. Apprehension mixed with joy. An emotional high such as anyone else might get from… well… you know… a big chocolate cake. I am (to mix in a few more images) like a bobsleigher pausing before pushing off towards what promises to be the thrill ride of a lifetime. Wish us luck.
I shall be directing “Escaping the Storm” as well as having written it. Directing requires a whole different set of skills so I try to keep the two creative facets apart. Once the play is written I cease to become the Writer and become the Director. The text will be treated exactly as if we bought it off the “plays” shelf at Waterstones. If the actors want to discuss the reading of a line I say that the writer is in a pub somewhere and we have to unravel intention from what is before us. Quite often I’ve forgotten writing a line in any case and haven’t a clue why it’s there. On the other hand I trust that the writer knew what he was doing when he wrote it so I’m not going to indulge in cuts or rewrites. At the moment, however, that is a little way in the future. Now, I’ve got to work with the designer (Annette Sumption whom I trust implicitly having worked with her for nearly forty years) and the other vital makers and doers as well as working out schedules for the actors. The development period starts in a fortnight and the actual rehearsals two weeks later. The script is very much of secondary importance at the moment.
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Peter John Cooper
Peter John Cooper is a UK Theatre professional and poet with over 40 years experience in directing and writing. He has over thirty plays recorded on the Doollee Database of UK produced playwrights.
A number of his works are published online and in paperback and he can be seen performing in clubs and small theatres in London and his home town of Bournemouth. He is best known for his experimental work both as a playwright and poet.
He has worked extensively with Adults with Learning Disabilities and has been part of ACDC European initiative on Arts for Excluded Groups.