The Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) in the UK produced my play Two Women & A Chair just last week. They used two casts, who rehearsed separately and didn’t know who the others were until the first night they performed with them, so the performance was literally two strangers walking into a room together. This takes the idea of Method Acting to new levels!
Theatre is always about about taking a risk, so I’m delighted to hear that their risk paid off. Artistic Director of RAODS, Clare Groome, has let me know they’ve had a fascinating week performing the play, and that it’s left both audiences and performers alike with plenty of questions, the main one being (because the play ends on a great cliffhanger): What Happens Next?
Maybe I could write a sequel to Two Women & A Chair, but if that happens, I’ll wind up losing some of the mystery. The point of theatre is not necessarily to present the answers, but prompt the questions in the first place.
And besides, if you get into sequels and prequels (like George Lucas did with his Star Wars saga) you might eventually wind up writing a character like Jar Jar Binks and no-one wants that.
Another theatre group have sounded me out about reversing the ages of the characters in Two Women & A Chair, so the novice (Jessie) is played by an older actor, while the experienced one (Martine) is played by a younger actor. I look forward to hearing how that comes off.
If nothing else, this little blog is simply a call-out to say how gratified I am that my work is still being performed, still being tinkered with, still able to stand up and be reworked and moulded into new and exciting shapes for new audiences.
Two Women & A Chair is about two female actors caught up in an audition for a mysterious play called Le Jeu, only there’s no director present, and they find themselves locked in the audition room. It’s been performed all over Australia, at the Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals, the UK, New Zealand, and the US. To check out what the fuss is all about, click here.