Pie in the sky project number one.
“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” (Christopher Hitchens)
I don’t think I have a book in me, but for some time I’ve been playing with the idea of writing a panto. Cross dressing, bad jokes, boots and fishnets…really, what’s not to love? As a child during the 1960s and 70s I grew up with Crackerjack and probably never grew out of it! I have a germ of an idea that rips off some of my favourite film moments and combines them with traditional pantomime characters and situations. I have thought of some cheesy songs to move the plot along. I think that ‘with a little help from my friends’, I can ‘reach for the stars’ and have a go at making this happen. It may never see an opening night, but even as an exercise in writing I think it could be FUN.
By writing this down I am making a commitment to myself to HAVE A GO.
- I will write something every week.
- To give myself a deadline, I will set a date to workshop my ideas with some friends.
- I will invite constructive criticism and not completely over-react and take it as a personal insult.
These are of course guidelines and not like a CODE , jeez!
Photos: Lynden Players from ‘Frankenstein: the Panto’ and ‘The Three Musketeers: Le Panto’