Thursday, 24 March 2011

Chosen concept:

The chosen concept was emailed to me this morning:

Concept – ‘Put a Sock in It’

It’s 2022, the ice caps are melting, the ozone layer is disappearing faster than it can be repaired. CO2 emissions are at alarming levels and water wastage is up 500%. The Government must take drastic action.

From this day forth, socks are banned.

The play is set is a dystopian future, not too far away from, but not quite like our present day. We are in The Country ruled by The Government and people are using up resources like there’s no tomorrow, and maybe there isn’t?

With socks banned, what will old men wear under their sandals? How will footballers hide their shinpads? Can you get away with wearing fishnets or will the police confiscate those as well? With night time stockings raids, and knee highs being sold on the black market, there are terrible things afoot.

We follow a sock puppeteer as she tries, secretly to save any remaining socks from the incinerators. Meanwhile, we are kept updated on the few remaining socks who have thus far evaded the sock police.

The play will comment on environmental issues – a small change can make a huge difference, and political issues – a government driven to ridiculous measures and the effects of an irrational regime. It discusses the threat of the unknown and a societies drastic, ridiculous reaction to fear.  It will be performed by 4 actors, 1 male 3 female in a heightened physical style using absurdist humour. The set will be minimal with striking lighting.

This is what we have so far, ideas for development include looking at characters affected by the sock ban, in particular a sock puppeteer (inspired in part by Sharai Lewis) who is perhaps a little too attached to her puppets and maybe, creates an entire outfit out of socks that she has hoarded?


This is the concept that has been disided for the script.
I am a little disapointed by the change in title and the shift from the original  plot of the Boogeyman.
However I am still confident the research I have carried out can still hold some relevance to the new plot line, title and concept. I am still planning on basing my designs around the work of Hew Locke and will begin more indepth research towards puppetry and sock puppets in stead of one specific creature. 
I am still very excited about the outcome of these designs and intend to begin some initial sketches after a little further reseach closer to the chosen subject areas.