I’ve been away for a long summer break and that included NOT writing – what might happen to the ninety-thousand words of my current work-in-progress while I wasn’t looking?
I also wanted to soak up new experiences away from words.
One of the most memorable experiences this summer was to attend a performance of Grimes on The Beach. An opera staged on a shingle beach with a back-drop of the North Sea in an English summer? If that doesn’t define creative risk, well what does? There was no fall back, either perform or cancel – a massive, complex creative undertaking at the mercy of the weather. Really, what do we novelists have to moan about? Unbelievably, for each of the three nights it was staged the weather held.
Having watched the live performance on Aldeburgh beach on 21 June it seemed a bit of an indulgence to go and see the film, released on 5 September. But the film provided a whole new perspective on the opera and on Oke's performance as Grimes.
More creative risk as the film-makers avoided simply making a film of an opera on the beach. It is so much more interesting than that, and compelling. If it’s on at a cinema near you, I do recommend.
Mid-September and I'm back at my desk beginning to work again with words.
I’m keeping the images from this production and the music of Benjamin Britten in my head to remind myself to dare to something risky as I pull those ninety thousand words into the shape of a novel.