This is from my new play, 'It'll last longer'. It is the story of a photograph. Or the story that one particular photograph will fail to tell. On a winter afternoon in London, an Australian photographer and a young American model come together to shoot a single image for a makeup commercial. They spend three days together, both strangers in the city and have a brief, ill-fated love affair. This is the story of temporary things: moments, beauty and passions, all of which will be outlasted by a photograph that may bring them fame. It is about being alone whilst holding someone’s hand in a city of 8 million people. It is the thousands of words a picture does not say.
Okay. So. The language, eh?
Those of you who have been reading my journals recently have already seen a little bit of this play and will already be familiar with how I write this character, Emmy.
Yes, I have abandoned conventional spelling and punctuation for this character. No, this does not mean I do not know how to spell or use punctuation. I use both quite well. This is a play. A one woman show. And plays are meant to be spoken so this is all part of me experimenting with how best to communicate with the speaker/actor/director without writing a 'this is what you do' forward. This is about giving a character a really unique voice and, as you will see if you make it to the end, I write the other character, Peter, very differently.
I think that we need to accept that the English language does not live exclusively in museums and libraries but also on the internet, on tv, in playgrounds, on public transport, in drug dens, high schools, universities and in text messages. In each of those places it is different and in each mouth it is unique. It is something I've been really fascinated by of late and makes me see the poetry in the every day.
I hope you enjoyed it and sorry if it exploded your brain a little. I hope you will find the poetry inside it all.