I had a very productive Sunday morning thanks to a brainstorming session with my smart and funny daughter Hannah. Even with a festival hangover, she managed to come up with some insightful and funny suggestions. I felt that my panto outline was far too complicated and lacked drive. As a result, the work in progress has been ‘parked’ for now and I have gone back and developed an earlier idea. It’s much simpler and uses some well known characters and traditional types which moves the action forward with less need to explain. I now have a synopsis which could ACTUALLY WORK. I feel really excited and encouraged to write some jokes.
As my plot refers to a number of fairy stories, particularly Little Red Riding Hood, I thought I might do some research and re-read some versions of the story. My bookshelf offered up ‘Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ so it could end up a little dark in places…. http://www.foliosociety.com/book/BLC/bloody-chamber-and-other-stories