EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW- I MEAN, WHO DOESN’T?
‘Ade I met this guy, he was so hot and kept smiling at me, but i couldn’t tell if he was flirting with me or not…Ade, man, this girl yeah- mate seriously, she wanted me, why else would she have bent down that far in front of me, with that top??’
ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR??… keep reading…
The problem with writing anything is that the thoughts and ideas conveyed in that piece, are immediately attributed to the writer, you know 'is that you?- do you think that?’
This is what happened the first time we staged 'IN BED’ in its workshop stage at the Questors Theatre in 2009. The answer.. NO and YES and NO.
WHAT IDEAS?- WHAT IS 'IN BED’ ABOUT?
Well, without giving anything away, the play explores questions- questions liked the ones i started this blog with, questions like 'how do we know?’
This question is explored within the realm of desire-love-sex-interest. How do we know when we are desired, is it all so 'black and white’?
In today’s society a man is not just simply a man anymore, we now have the expression 'metrosexual male’, so this kind of man is allowed to take care of his looks and express his feelings. Women (although we still have a long way to go with sexual equality), at least compared to early 20th century, can now walk around wearing men’s clothes and still confidently say they are feminine as that expression can no longer be objectified.In some industries, like the arts, hugs and kisses on the cheeks are more common than a high-five.
i remember my first professional acting experience at 14 years of age and being in shock (a positive one *giggles) when a lot of the girls hugged me or rested their head on my shoulder… THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED AT SCHOOL… but it was deemed normal in 'that world’, it wasn’t them 'hitting’ on me.
You get the picture, right? It can all get just a bit blurry… but then is it really? Is there not still something to be said for our primitive natures? Has convention, politics, systems, etc simply covered what we naturally all think? It’s kind of like when, a group of people from different parts of the world, sit in one place and listen to a comedian tell a joke-rude-shocking to say the least, yet we all laugh- sometimes hesitently - because we kinda think it’s true OR at least we can see the truth of it… well, maybe.
So basically, this play came about through seasons of happenings - paradoxes and all sorts not just from my life but i guess the witnessing of incidences which, give way to all of these questions. So hopefully, it will present itself as a mirror and not a preaching stool… as there are certainly no answers being giving here, just what I think we have all come across… see for yourself.
IN BED: Two actors send a night together to rehearse a play…
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