Reflections from Christine Lindsay following Dare to Care’s development week at the Lochgelly Centre, November 2013
“My play Dare to Care had been commissioned by Stellar Quines Theatre Company and Artistic Director, Muriel Romanes assured me it was now at the stage where it should be developed by professionals and ready for its next journey to rehearsals, then finally fit for its Scottish Tour in the Spring of 2014.
On Monday 4 November 2013 at 8.45am I headed of for the Lochgelly Centre in Fife where Dare to Care was going to be work shopped and put through its paces. I was excited when I steered the car onto the Forth Road Bridge and mesmerised at our magnificent railway structure to my right. I suddenly realised that the bottom of my stomach was ready to fall away. This was uncharted territory for me and I imagined I was going to a place that was something akin to Daniel going into the Lions Den. Questions zipped through my brain. Was the text deep enough? How would the characters stand up to it? Would the script be ripped to shreds? I prayed the director, the actors, the composer, the stage manager and the design artist would go easy on me. I was clearly not a fit person to be driving, as my mind was certainly not on the journey.
Fast forward to Friday 8 November and I couldn’t have been more wrong. I realised that the workshop was the ‘bees knees’ for a new emerging playwright in terms of learning, growing and putting layers on your work.
With Muriel at the helm, Dare to Care was prized from the pages and we all reworked the script. For me, it felt like a collection process was taking place. I collected ideas, collected improvements, but most important for me was that there were specific pieces of text that clearly did not work, that I couldn’t see before. I took copious notes and re-wrote as we went along the journey.
Throughout the week, there were many rich rewarding discussions, questions and answers, dipping in and out, experimenting, areas tightened, areas discarded, trying new things, new ideas and the collaboration from everyone was endless.
The actors and the composer turned the dialogue into real people who walked and talked and sang. Suddenly layers started to form and I could see the play taking a different shape and form. I worked endlessly to keep up with everyone through re-writes and changes. The end was in sight. We all said our goodbyes and wished each other well.
I left with the script in better shape, stronger and more resilient. It had survived the journey. So did I.