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Weary Of Wearside Or Is There Life After Narddlesnu?
Comedy drama monologue about "Weary", a semi-employed electrician in Narddlesnu, a city on the north east coast of England.
This is a concept for a multi-media participative drama based on Weary's own chronicle of where his life's gone wrong and his personal odyssey to sorting it all out.
It was writteen as a series of sketches on Talk of the Tyne, the Newcastle United fans football message board.
Weary's fed up with Narddlesnu AFC and other things in his life. He's living in a 1970 H reg Cortina in his mam's garden in Roker. A cast of friends and others people the action, which takes place in the garden and on the street in front of the Cortina, with action in the pub and on the seating of Narddlesnu's stadium.
There's a lot of incident and interaction with the audience. The venue bar does duty as Weary's local [pub] where, in the interval, some of the cast dish the dirt on Weary, and Dan Stokoe [who goes back a long way with Narddlesnu AFC] is the celebrity guest.
It's very topical with references to the crapness of the Premiership, life on benefit, boozing at the Glass House, transport problems [Weary's scoota], mobile phone controversy with Maureen [his lass], commitment to the Albany Northern League Div 1 and Tow Law Town FC, and generally not quite making it on any front.
It was selected last December for BBC New Writing North's "Flip the Script" at the Contact Theatre Manchester and won the audience vote that month,
before an audience of verytrendydramastudents, returning for a second go last February.
I believe it's suitable for an audience of young football-aware adults because of the amount of swearing and footie it contains, but it would also appeal to older hard-to-reach kids who might relish participating as characters and getting involved in its development. It contains ideas and concepts for video development, use of puppets and other interventions which could include poetry and other artistic expression.
However, it is very much a concept intended to be used and interpreted in a free setting, perhaps with support from an experienced actor, so that a participating group can take what they want from it and add to it, to create their own d.i.y. theatrical experience.
Ideas welcome on its suitability as a vehicle for an off-beat video or radio script.
Nicholas M Fleischmann
I am a poet and rookie comedy writer, very much oriented towards direct participation in web-based message boards. I am interested in using this medium as a means of stimulating thoughts and ideas for myself and others who participate.
I also write football-related poetry which is deliberately awful, as a kind of chronicle of what's going down in the world of Newcastle United, and other clubs.
I have never written anything else and perhaps never will. You can have copies of my poems if you want, but I wouldn't recommend them pesonally.
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