Thursday, August 23, 2012
Talking with Playwrights - the Artist's Forum
The Artist's Forum went really well last night. There were about 15-20 people there and I guess that was the best attended one. I was pleased with the discussion both from the panel and the audience. A wee bit nervous before it started, I was fine once questions were posed. I think I was articulate and managed to express what I felt. I am not an authority though, and I know there was one or two things from the audience that I couldn't solve - How can reviewers be better trained?; How do you get a venue if you don't get picked in the lottery and you can't find a BYOV?; How come there's no Brecht at the festival? Is the Fringe getting too big, too fast? I have no idea on most of those. But as to risk and the balance of risk vs. saleability I know that I have to write the play I have to write. Not everyone will be my audience, but some will. I hope that I always do good and truthful work and that's all I can do. Because I don't tend to write the side splitting comedies I have to work on writing well so that people will come for the quality not necessarily for the topic. Not everyone goes to Fringe for the comedies - I know I don't. I go for the potpourri! I like to see a variety, and I really like a nice solid play - new works beings my favorite!