On the 9th March this year’s NMDC culminates in a showcase at Theatre Royal Stratford East, when the piece (still no title!!) that Amber Hsu and I have been writing receives it’s first tentative public outing.
It can be nerve-wracking sharing material for the first time, but then again, I’ll be a father this time next week, so that’s taken the sting out of it, somewhat.
Since starting NMDC, my partner found out she was pregnant, and now both of those ‘projects’ are ‘culminating’ almost simultaneously! Coincidentally, Lyn Gardner wrote an article for the Guardian last week claiming:
The pram in the hall is no enemy of good art – it inspires great theatre
Come back to me in a year and I’ll tell you if that’s been true for me…
Our piece concerns itself with young people – so in some ways it’s perfect timing to be becoming a father. In one NMDC session I was asked how forthcoming parenthood was influencing my attitude to the work we were making. I think maybe I’ll only know in hindsight if it has or not. The real parenting is still (just) in the future – and I’m predicting that to be the real life-changing bit.
The exciting thing about a creative process – especially one like the NMDC ‘blind-pairing’ model – is not knowing how it’s going to turn out. Sometimes you think you know where you are – but then the direction of travel abruptly changes – and you can only control it up to a point.
One thing I can say about March 9th though. I’ll be knackered…