Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Right To Write

Let's go back to this time last year. Jess and I were sat at a kitchen table in a London flat trying to find a children's story that we could adapt for the stage. It wasn't going very well. We hadn't even touched on how we would fund the show, let alone pay for copyright.
"What if we just have a go at writing our own?" 
And so we did. 'The Three Kingdoms' was written and She Productions was born. We rolled along with this 'Do-It-Yourself' attitude and we are still rolling because who else is going to do it for you? 

Of course, there's a big risk in 'DIY theatre'. You have to learn a lot. Quickly. From stage management skills to marketing strategies, not to mention the actual writing and performing of the piece. Then, after all that hard work and effort, you might have written a load of rubbish anyway. So is it even worth it? 

Yes. Definitely. Absolutely.

I salute anyone who has the balls (metaphorically speaking for us at She Productions) to create their own company and work, in whatever way that might be. The amount of time and effort it takes to 'do-it-yourself' definitely doesn't reward one financially at first, but creatively it is a breath of fresh air. Working in this ridiculously under-funded industry assures that even some of the most talented people have to give up their careers just to be able to live. Might as well live on the breadline doing what you love on your own terms than living on it waiting for the phone to ring and someone else to offer you the opportunity, right?
Or wrong. Of course it's not for everyone. But everyone does have the right.
The right to write. 
The right to play. 
The right to create. 


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