It's official: we're going to Edinburgh.
We're taking a piece that I haven't yet written but that everybody in a sense already knows a bit, because woven into it will be some of Shakespeare's Sonnets, and we're just a little excited because we'll have a big performance space to play with at Greenside Nicolson Square and just the two of us on stage.
Plus some projection. Which also has yet to be created.
Plenty to be getting on with then, but I do want to give a special mention to Ben Fleetwood Smyth who started the whole thing, with a simple but inspired bit of lateral thinking.
Some time last year, out of the blue, he posted on Facebook the fact that he'd just realised it was 154 days till Christmas, and that this happened to be the exact same number as there are sonnets.
So he created a group and proceeded to post one sonnet a day every day until Christmas, and that's what got me going, because I'd never read all of them before, and therefore I'd never realised that within them contained lies a thrilling story of passion, power and possession. The one that I'm about to work into a play.
So cheers, Ben, we'll buy you a drink when you come to see us. (And there's another coincidence: Ben and I know each other through the Landor Theatre, where Ben played a part in a musical to which I'd written the book. It so happens that the Landor is also where The Sonneteer will have its London previews. I love quirks like that...)
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