What I’m Reading

I am happy to report that, even though I am only part way through Morgan-Cole’s Most Anything You Pleaseit is every bit as terrific as her previous books.IMG_1019

Reading Trudy’s work is an immersive experience. Whenever I get the opportunity to read her work, I look forward to sinking right into her story and making friends with her characters.

Trudy doesn’t create worlds, she creates neighbourhoods, and, then, she fills those neighbourhoods with people you know. You feel like these are characters from your own past, or perhaps people your parents have told you about.

They feel familiar, perhaps that even if you don’t exactly know them, you know people like them. They make sense and you care about them.

What more could you want out of a story?

 

 

 

Well, hello 2018!

Here’s my big-picture plan (ironically contained in a small picture).

I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of my planigans and shenanigans for this year.

Square white card with hand lettering that reads 'Just a little more fun.'

My plan for 2018.

Artsy Fun: Mystery Games

My theatre group * Morrigan Mystery Evenings * specializes in mystery games.

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We do them 6-8 times a year and we always have a grand time – first when making up the ridiculous stories and then performing them.
It works like this:

We get a bunch of our actors together and decide some characters we would like to play and then we figure out where those characters might get together.* Then we sort out what has been stolen or who has been done away with, and we figure out each character’s motive and alibi.

 

After that, we just start adding in foolishness to make things more fun.

We don’t develop a script or dialogue, we just work to inhabit our characters and invest ourselves in their motives and alibis.

Then, on the night of the game, our audience either sits at tables and we circulate and chat while they ask questions, or, we sit in various locations and they move to us and ask questions. It makes for a really interesting and challenging evening because you never know where people’s questions are going to lead and you have to be quick on your feet. Well, metaphorically, at least.

It’s a bit alarming how adept my actor friends are at lying in character, how easily we can spin a story out of nothing, but it’s also part of what makes it interesting.

Our next event is called ‘A Date with Death’ and it’s coming up on Sunday, October 29.

Get the details here.

 

*Sometimes we start with the location and do characters second, but not very often.