….to see and feel

“You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.”

– Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns




Nope, not painful or medical but definitely on a Sunday,  on the last Sunday of each month.

This Sunday I was invited along to attend SundaySurgery which is produced by DYSPLA. A collaborative group of creatives attend a viewing of new writing that is workshopped on the same day with professional director and actors, giving the writers the opportunity to see their work stand on its tentative new legs.

With only two hours of rehearsal time the directors and actors breathe life into the play and with script in hand, work though a max of 15 pages of the script.  A small audience of industry professionals are invited to attend the workshop in view of offering constructive feedback to the script in development.

This Sunday there were three extracts from three different plays.  It was brilliant to see the achievements that can be made in such a short time.  The energy and creativity from the actors and directors was phenomenal.  But even more so, it was a true privilege to see new writing with such promise and such creativity brought to life.

After each scene the audience were invited to feed back to the writers, concerns, ideas and advice given about characters, relationships in fact all and anything that we felt would be helpful to the writers.  Most importantly it was lovely to be in a room full of people who were all accepting and willing to contribute in a positive and welcoming way.  No egos here!

Afterwards we trot down to the local, to have a drink and mull over the afternoon and naturally to chat “shop”.  I lovely end to a fruitful day.

I left feeling inspired to write and create and of course to attend again!