Write a Manifesto.
In 2006, when I started Naplwrimo, I was pretty active in the theatre blogger scene.
There was a while where a whole bunch of people started writing manifestoes. I wrote one too and called it a "mash-up" manifesto because it included my ideas but also things I had heard from other people that I wanted to have in my manifesto.
I thought it would be fun to repost it here for your viewing pleasure:
MANIFESTO FOR MAKERS AND SHAKERS OF THEATRE IN THE NEW MASH-UP WORLD
What are you doing? What the @%$# are you doing? No I mean what are you really doing?
Spirit= energy= emotion= voice= body= truth.
If you don't see it, I don't either.
If you dont'hear it, I don't either.
If you don't care, I don't either.
It's possible to make small things matter.
Begin to care.
It's not about you.
100 percent character / 100 percent you.
Love the game in you, not yourself in the game.
Get out of the way.
Show me yours even if I don't show you mine.
The thing you don't want to reveal, that is where your risk taking lives.
You don't have any control over anything so might as well give up now.
Make it matter. Because you care. Not because you want me to care.
The texts we want to write aren't precious.
The texts we want to write are texts that honor the human body and voice.
The texts we want to write are lyrical in essence.
The texts we want to write honour shape, rhythm, time, emotion, repetition and truth.
The texts we want to write aren't about WHAT but about HOW.
The texts we want to write come out of necessity, not ego.
The texts we want to write are meant to be shared, downloaded, uploaded, cut-up, copied and pasted.
The texts we want to write are transformative.
The texts we want to write aren't anything by themselves.
The texts we want to write require performers of athletic abilities: strong discipline, amazing resilience and a will of iron. Wisdom , don't forget wisdom. Forget intelligence, because it's already there. It's already at work.
The texts we want to write are just "one bit of a complex dialogue." This dialogue happens between the writer and self, the writer and the play, the writer and the performers, the writer and all shapers of the work. All are equal.
The texts we want to write are about big dreams in small places. Not small dreams in big places.
Where does your soul live and is there sufficient parking ?
Now go write your own! Why do you write? What keeps you going? What keeps you doing what you love?
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