Didi, Gogo… and a tree

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Two major, and very positive, developments today.  First of all, I think I have finally come up with an idea for the play that solves some of the problems we have been wrestling with: using the idea of Godot without coming up with copyright problems, a concept that is short enough for the actors to be able to learn and perform, and incorporating some of their lived experiences within the script.  Some of you will know of a play called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, which takes the idea of taking two of Hamlet’s minor characters, and having them pass the time while waiting for their part in the play.  This is something of a riff on that, using two characters in Waiting for Godot, and having them break off from running the play to comment on, or act out, aspects of the refugee situation.  It means we can make the play as long (or short) as we like, yet still use the material we have been working on.

The other development did at first give me pause for thought, as Roji (who has taken over from Aisha as recruiter in chief) brought along a friend of his, someone he met in the dining room just minutes before the class began.  His name is Sasha, another Iranian (of course, they are the only nationality I am meeting at present) and some one who has studied acting.  Since I was not prepared for him to come, I did not have anything for him to do, but it did allow me to re-introduce an idea I had considered before, but had then abandoned because of a lack of people, which is to have a human tree, who can observe the action and, in a physical way, comment upon it.  Not much of a role, true, but it did mean he was involved from the very start, and actually was all that I wanted from the idea, and more.  And, provided he comes again next week, I will have more for him to do, such as the character of Pozzo; my idea is for him to also be an Immigration officer.

And the rehearsal of our new play, Didi and Gogo are waiting, went very well indeed, introducing some additional comedy, both physical and verbal.  I certainly found it very funny at times, though it is true that I am not exactly unbiased.  But I do, at last, feel very positive about the possibilities.  We do need to look for an opportunity to perform, but now that we have a concept to work with, I am very optimistic.

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