“There are so many avenues, which you can go down in this piece, individuals perspective, social stigma, mental disabilities, art and creators. It’s a very rich piece. I personally enjoy exploring the push and pull between the characters, as to me it feels that they are both pushing each others’ boundaries.
My rehearsal experience has been a new one for myself, all of which has been on the character development front. I am enjoying the process, as it is opening up a new avenue. Working together with Jess and our Director Melissa is great. Both are so into what they do, it has been a lot of fun discovering the piece.” – Coen Falke, ‘salt’
Working on ‘salt’ (as writer/director), is continually a ‘treasure trove’ of possibilities, with Coen and Jess.
Creating new work is my absolute passion – breathing life into these characters (Henry & Lilly) and listening inwardly and outwardly, for both quiet and noisy ‘human’ discoveries.
Mental health (cyclothymia) brings suppressed feelings, then honesty. Or not?
Is anyone ever honest with themselves, when ‘love’ is involved?
Filming trailer for ‘salt’ tomorrow will be a blast. Think love in abstract form, interactive landscapes and truth.
#projectsalt is just over three weeks, from being a reality!
“Truth in theatre is always on the move.” – Peter Brook
It Is Here
What sound was that?
I turn away, into the shaking room.
What was that sound that came on in the dark?
What is this maze of life it leaves us in?
What is this stance we take,
to turn away, and then turn back?
What did we hear?
It was the breath we took when we first met.
It is here.
~ Harold Pinter
Starting a new project is always exhilarating.
Working collaboratively with a small team, to create performance art.
‘salt’ may potentially, also be a short film soon.
I am consumed by the characters (Henry & Lilly) and their lives, and their stories.
I will share my experience with you through the platform of social media, film, radio, print and experiential events.
Let the journey begin!
“One of love’s greatest drawbacks is that, for a while at least, it is in danger of making us seriously happy.” – Alain de Botton
Doesn’t everyone want to feel something, in their lifetime? To love, hold, cherish, laugh and spoon – the one you adore?
‘Speaking in Tongues’ by Andrew Bovell challenges the ‘norms of society’ and the way we behave (either naturally or manufactured), the way we do.
When we grow tired of our lover or partner, some of us look for younger flesh. Others may withdraw from society, into a deep depression.
When we have it all – it never seems to be enough. So many voids, and the ‘love’ has run out. Probably because nothing satisfies, and we are scared of being hurt? Again?
When marriage takes the back seat, the adrenalin takes over, and meeting a stranger for ‘intimacies’ becomes a reality. Or does it? When it is right there for the taking, morality pollutes the mind.
‘Speaking In Tongues’ was adapted from the stage to the screen in 2001, the award-winning film, ‘Lantana’. I have seen it three times.
Great storytelling with elements of fear, hints of comedy, and the sense of raw undoings of betrayal – that leave us blinded, speechless, and wanting more.
“Marriage is a wonderful invention; bit then again so is a bicycle repair kit.” – Billy Connelly
After watching this brilliant masterpiece, (film) called ‘Amour’ I had a lot of questions.
When you love a person, for a (long) duration, say 60 years, how is the relationship affected when one party becomes disabled, demented, or institutionalised (for medical reasons)?
Do you continue to love that person – the same way? Or is it too emotional, to see your partner unravel into something unrecognisable?
‘Amour’ is about a French couple called Georges and Anne, who are retired music teachers, both in their eighties. They knew each other inside out, and exposed their vulnerabilities, until suddenly everything changed.
Georges goes through his own journey, about whether he can live with this woman anymore, who he fails to know.
Love is also a great journey of discovery, of uniqueness and growth, and pain.
If you only love once in your life – you are privileged.
Today while I was waiting for my take-out coffee, I decided to flick through the latest ‘Grazia’ magazine, when an article caught my eye. It said that, the highest ranking google search for 2012, was ‘how to love’. This intrigued me. It went on to say, that maybe we are too busy (or scared) to love, that ‘like’ is now the common denominator. Recently I watched a new (DVD) release ‘360’ featuring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins, about multiple relationships interwining set in various countries. Everything from prostitution, adultery to unrequited love. This ‘human condition’ called love is everywhere, and no one can work it out.
Writing my latest script, has awakened a lot of feelings from within. I suppose this will always be the case, when you are writing a story (for the stage) about unrequited love. After much conversation with some friends, they divulged their favourite films on this subject are, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’, ‘ The Notebook’, ‘P.S. I Love You’, ’10 Things I Hate About You’, ‘Amelie’, ‘House of Sand and Fog’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Revolutionary Road’ were the main contenders. How do you determine what love is? As we age, sometimes we develop cynical thoughts about surrendering our heart. When you are experiencing (seismic) feelings, where is the off switch? Obviously, you are unable to control this sensation. I have cried and laughed developing these characters. Boom.
Have you ever found love online? Or participated in a reality tv show, where you court each other, and ask direct questions about (their) preferences and previous partners, to hopefully find a potential mate? I have previously utilised a couple of online dating sites, which concluded with a short-term relationship. Not really sure, if this is the ‘ideal’ (virtual) space to meet the person you would like to spend the rest of your life with? Or maybe it is? Did they meet your expectations? After watching a snippet of ‘The Bachelor’ recently, I was surprised how many women, were actually competing for the attention and adoration of one male? Incredible. Does manufactured love, actually work in real time? Can you build feelings for someone, being televised? Is it all about winning? Serendipity is magic, when it happens.