TREADING AIR is the Barry Reckord Bursary play that I’ve been writing this past year, with support from The London Hub, Bush Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company.
It’s having its first rehearsed reading in a few days (November 21st) at the Bush Theatre RADAR Festival. And I’m ridiculously excited about this! Not least because of the wonderfully talented people that will be bringing it to life.
Director Ola Ince (who is directing the reading and who I just like more and more!) is the first of those. I sent Ola some descriptions of the play’s characters, consisting of a couple of lines of writing, and a few blurry pictures of complete strangers that I’d found online. I’ll quite often find some sort of visual reference for a character when I’m writing about them, whether that be a person or a polar bear. If I can find an image of them that has something about it – it could be their expression, or the way they’re holding their body – that captures something of how I feel their nature is in my head, then I find it very useful. It helps me to look at the image when trying to write down that character’s nature and evolve it.
So I sent Ola the descriptions of our characters Addie, Shaq and Bill, and the next thing I know the reading has been cast with three incredible actors who absolutely fit the bill. Amazing! They are Jan Goodman, Shane Zaza and Jamie Harding. Actual real live actors who’ve been in proper shows and films and things! I think I’m a little starstruck :)
I already know that magical feeling that comes when talented artists realise your vision. There’s nothing else quite like it. So I’m literally on the edge of my seat wondering what will come out of this TREADING AIR reading. Fingers crossed it’s something really good!