Ray is on the board of Sour Lemons and during our residential he came through and gave us a crash course in podcasting. He went through different types of podcasts, where podcasting came from and what we can find out about it now, and he explained to us that you can start a podcast easily with a bit of a equipment and a focus. He explained that the podcast we wanted to create had to make sense to us and the people we want to connect with.
He also runs a podcast himself called Peace of No Mind in which he asks artists and creatives what peace of mind means to them and how it’s best achieved. The podcast touches on mental health and experiences navigating the world whilst overcoming adversity.
Taking part in his workshop I understood his leadership skills to be:
Resourcefulness – Ray offered us a number of alternatives for podcasting. Different mics, different platforms and different ways of presenting
Determination – The ability to keep going no matter the odds, whether it be the technical issues or dealing with deep mental health confessions, Ray has kept going and developed a meaningful peace of work that speaks to many people.
Ability to manage participants – Ray explained to us that each participant needs something different. It is ideal to make sure when you are working with people you keep your empathy open to their needs as well as your goals and how the two meet.
Looking at these skills I realised that I would need to be in a position where I could directly explore and provoke what I needed out of participants and build on the script where participants feel uncomfortable.
I decided I would create a show I could direct and relatively write so that I develop on managing people and create comfortability for the participants by having a physical piece they could control. I also wanted to think about how I could merge my current practise with this piece of work and decided a written play would directly develop my resourcefulness on this topic. This would create a new and uncomfortable situation for me, voice acting and directing would test my leadership skills and develop them to new heights. I decided that in order for me to grow I need to try something new.
George the Poet
I began thinking about how I could do some podcasting after Listening to George the Poets Podcast. I wanted to consider how I could look into stories and tell tales that haven’t been told before but represent life. I began listening to George the Poets podcast (recommendation from Ray) and was blown away by his ability to story tell. The transitions and communications through sound, the ability to take the listener on a journey. I wanted to create something like it. So I took a few details from his production:
Story telling – How words need to flow and sound like a living thought process. George has an ability to breathe life into his words, making it sound as though he is creating this as he walks or goes about his daily life, as if the production is verbatim
Communication through sound – As a listener you are taken on a journey. George uses sound and basic sound-scaping to captivate the audience. You can hear as he enters a cab, travels through London, meets family and friends, as if you are walking right beside him with a headphone tuned into his entire thought process.
Relevance to the audience – How George is able to communicate his own desires thought processes and outcomes in a way that his target audience and other could relate to and if not just enjoy being a participant in this world.
Abstract versions of the world today – How George graphically and pointedly in season 2 and how we are taken on a journey through the mind but in such a familiar setting as the council estate or city. I appreciated how George used imagery through sound, thought process and voice.
This piece of work directly inspired my choice for this commission and made me want to dig deeper into reality mixing with belief. When writing this I have to think of how this will directly relate to today but be fun and entertaining for my artists as well as my audience.
Topic/ message – without art and creativity, without love and sharing, the world falls into chaos, panic and ruin. We must leave if we want to succeed because this world isn’t for us. We must build a new world because the ones in charge don’t want us living in theirs
Aims – a call to action for change, for Black and Brown people to recognise their power and for Museums to recognise the power they have in the arts world
Parameters – what’s the topic – race and class – museums as an afterlife for art, mythology and religion and almost extinct cultures
Form – 40 min podcast play , some spoken word, a narrator, music?
Who – Actors, creatives and people bored during lockdown 5 in total
What’s the experience – A podcast play full of sound effects instead of read stage directions. A play that directly responds to #Rethinkreskillretrain, Black Lives Matter and the disproportionate amount of Western based stories in the mainstream. Finally a look at how the stories from African and Caribbean religions and mythologies have been trapped and captured in museums in lands that they aren’t born in.
Relevance – For artists and creatives who are feeling crestfallen at the current climate of work
For museums to recognise the power they hold over the arts and governments
For young people to understand more about African and Caribbean religions and cultures
For people to stop assuming the default is white
Legacy – it is the beginning of a three part drama that ends in freedom. I want this to become an animated show not a stage play. I want this to become a story book. Possibly be shown in museums
A podcast play
20-40 minutes per act/per episode
First episode – Unit 1
I will write, produce and perform in this, as well as direct.
I will get an original score and editor
I will get other actors to take the main roles