I am not sure why a blog could be quite so terrifying. Terrifying is the wrong word. I’m not so much a scaredy cat and it’s not like I’ve never done this, before. I opened this new endeavour with a link to National Theatre Wales community and some of my blogs about creating Persians for them last year. But my history with blogging goes back further, to the early mists of blogtime and meat space, in 2003/4, when making Perfect at Contact Theatre with director John McGrath and designer/virtual wunderkind Paul Clay. We were making a show about avatars, CGI, 3-D rendering and on-line identities, anticipating the popular explosion of Second Life by several years. Then, I was defeated by the technology of this relatively new fangled invention, the complexities of which were too much for a former Luddite with a visual impairment to mistress. Let’s hope I have more success this time.
Writing publically is not new. For years in the 1990s I wrote a column for an Irish newspaper called ‘Living the Life Of…’ It outlined my cultural engagement and activity, with a particular Celtic slant: writing Belonging for the Birmingham Rep Theatre about the bitter aftermath of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings and the relationship of the English West Midlands to the Irish, and vice versa; Galway’s Pirate Women, a pirate arts radio station captained by Margaretta D’Arcy and a crew of international female playwrights and theatre makers; surviving the matchmaking festival for lonesome bachelor sheep farmers eager for a wife which my mother and uncle took me to in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, when I was already too long in the tooth to be considered a fresh ewe by those tups.
I’m not sure whether this blog will cover similar ground, but I hope it will be an outlet for thoughts and responses to life and all aspects of writing. The next twelve months promise to be an interesting time workwise, with three productions in 2012 – one co-created with The Llanarth Group, two playwritten (National Theatre Wales; Chol/Sheffield Theatres) and part of the Cultural Olympiad. I will be tracking my progress and reflecting on process here. Feel free to join me.