Sam Freeman

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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 2)

So I’ve started writing my Edinburgh show and it’s slow progress so far.

Essentially the idea is that i’m going to tell two stories, one about a fictional couple who exist only in the written book world and another which is mine. They start quite separate and then start to cross over, become interdependent until, in theory, it becomes clear, that the two are the same story told though slightly different prisms. Sounds like arty bollocks right? It is.

To give a sample of the latest bit:

“Fantasy sex for example, invariably lasts for hours, positions rotating like a sexual carousel, cowgirl, reverse cowgirl, doggy, sixty nine, missionary, double cowgirl, reverse double cowgirl, blowjob, suckjob, footjob, pitjob then back again ending in mutual climax where bed frames thunder in ecstacy and screams of euphoric bliss reverberate into the distance. The reality however is often far from this”

So far I think I have about 25 mins, which need a massive cut, the opening is pretty strong as is story #1. I’ve started story #2 which is a bit stunted at the moment. It’s one of those things, I have to let it swish round in my head before it gets to fruition and gradually keep working on it. I think I need to do a bit of a mapping exercise to check I have a clear sense of direction. I know that I want the story to end tragically, I enjoy the idea of love working out and conquering all usually, but I want to do this in a way that’s more a clarification of a life position or a moment of vision or judgement that allows the loss to be absorbed in a nice way. People should see the ending and then want to change their ways*.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at, 4,168 words in. I have a gig at the Lantern Theatre tomorrow where I’ll be trying out some of the ideas so will maybe blog again tomorrow.

Night x



*I am aware what a wanker this makes me sound, but remember this is a theatre piece rather than stand up. For now at least.