>Words fail me

>We went to see The Emperor Jones at the National on Saturday, intrigued by blog reports like this, this and this. It’s a fantastic third act (1 and 2 are precised in an opening duologue) – a real runaway train demanding, and getting, an exceptional performance from Paterson Joseph as Brutus Jones. It’s my first theatre for a while, and I’m glad I went – it was unexpected, troubling and exciting.

I write theatre rather than anything else because words fail me. I’m not good at expressing myself (you’ll have gathered this). Theatre is bigger – it communicates MORE. I wanted to make theatre as an actor, but I’m too slow – I don’t think quickly enough. Actually, I reckon I do think quickly, but my internal censor fucks it up (see Keith Johnstone on the personal secret policeman in Impro). By writing theatre I can enable theatre artists to work at the speed of thought (stolen from DE).

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on October 1, 2007, in theatre. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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