29 Plays Later – Day 24 – The Antic Notion

29 Plays Later – Day 24 – The Antic Notion

For Day 24 of 29 Plays Later we were challenged to write around themes of memory.

Tennessee Williams invented the term “memory play” to describe The Glass Menagerie and it has since been used to describe plays like Pinter’s Old Times and Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. In such plays “the scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic” though the primary mode is realistic. I’d call Conor McPherson’s The Weir a memory play. It’s a ghost story. It’s several ghost stories, but it never leaves the pub. Spooky!

Day 24 – The Antic Notion – A densely nineteenth-century gothic ghost story with several narrative layers and a circular structure. The rich language is drawn from Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks, and the effect is reminiscent of Joyce in eyeliner or Ligotti‘s weird fiction.

24_-_THE_ANTIC_NOTION_-_AJ_DEHANY (pdf, 7pp, 2 actors)

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POSTSCRIPT: This play has been adapted for film by experimental video artist Duncan Ward. Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aajctX_y6Ok

 

29 Plays Later – Day 22 – Meursault

29 Plays Later – Day 22 – Meursault

Our challenge for Day 22 of 29 Plays Later was to take a famous first line from literature and then go off somewhere else with it.

The opening of Albert Camus’s L’étranger goes like this: “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.” The novel is normally translated as The Stranger these days, but the copy I first read was still The Outsider. I took The Outsider and mixed it up with the plot and characters of The Outsiders, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 new wave film Bande à part (usually translated as Band of Outsiders).

I dragged these two masterpieces into some kind of absurdist existential new wave caper movie for radio. There’s more plot than the whole movie, and I was filling in dialogue for the fifteen chapters until 2am, so it’s as rushed and hammy and confused as ever, but you get the gist, or as say in French, le gist.

22_-_MEURSAULT_-_AJ_DEHANY (pdf, 42pp, 4 actors)

Check out the other challengers at #29playslater and check my main Mann Sarah Mann. À bientôt!

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