28 October 2006

But Thee


In case you missed it on Diamond Geezer, the quite wonderful anagrammatical map of the London Underground (when you get there click to enlarge). So this morning I travelled from Maroon Hues to Ransacks Script Songs. Where've you been lately? And if you're not a London sort, what's your favourite anagram? So many to choose from but my current pick is Swearword & Ethanol (Harrow & Wealdstone).


Anonymous said...


sbs said...

yes I did see this. substantial food for thought. LG certainly is fired up but I'm not sure finger-pointing helps - or rather, waving a finger in the general direction of literary departments. It's not an exact science, this dramatic arty thing. And actually it's heartening that the writers of that mid-90s blooming are still working. There are those, however, who've been less productive - Encore has a very good piece on this, http://encoretheatremagazine.blogspot.com/
Polemics.html#Gift. But the reasons art gets made are not subject to laws, like the motions of the planets or something. It's all a big glorious accident anyway, all of it. We might come across examples from time to time of people in the theatre - lit people, actors, whoever - who didn't ought to be. Or we might think so. That person might go on to learn to astonish and delight, or support those who do...
I don't know if I have anything especially enlightening to add, except to plead the case of older sorts like myself - I'm forty soon - who maybe didn't find their playwriting feet till later - where are the development schemes for writers over 35? I've been lucky to've had patient directors help me learn my craft (cheers Erica, in particular) but it's only sort of about now that I feel I've earned my stripes.
When I go to these '50' events and look around at the other 49 writers chosen by theatres around the UK to benefit from the scheme, I reckon I'm at least ten years older than the average. And while I'm on this track, I'd very much like to see more new work by writers of the pre-S'ing and F'ing generation (not Sir David Hare, he gets enough work).
What's your own view, O stranger?