This week’s task: I would like you to write a dialogue piece- by making two different characters talk.
It can be your newly created characters, but what I would prefer to see is pitting different characters together, such as dead famous people, or famous fictional characters against one another.
“Good evening and welcome to Theatre Tonight. Tonight, you are in for a real treat, for making his way from Stratford on Avon is young William Shakespeare. Good evening and welcome William.”
“Good evening, and thanks for the warm welcome.”
“Now I see you’ve penned a few plays in your time Will. I may call you Will?”
“Did you ever think they’d take off as they have?”
“Well no, I wrote them for the Kings Men, our Royal performance troupe. I didn’t think they’d stand up to too much public scrutiny, to be honest.”
“Well four hundred years later they are still being performed and I think every child in the English-speaking world has studied one or two.”
“It’s all very flattering isn’t it.”
“Do you have a favourite?”
“Well, I have several in fact that I thought stood out for me. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Macbeth. They all served a purpose you know, written for specific occasions some of them.”
“What do you say to people who contend that the language you used is convoluted and hard for the average man to understand.”
“Yes, indeed it was the theatre language of the time. We had packed houses. Standing room only and none of the trappings of modern theatres. I did have a look at your theatre, had I had access to one of those I’d have made wonderful theatre.”
“So a line such as “Romeo Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?” to the modern viewer is confusing.”
“In your vernacular, it simply means “Where the hell are you, Romeo?” You see the difference between theatre in my time and yours was that people came to hear a play not see it. As it was performed in the day and we had minimal stage props everything the audience needed to know was contained within the lines.”
“Like a radio play?”
“Yes somewhat like that.”
“Well Will we could chat all night but as time is now upon us, I’ll have to say thank you for coming in, and I hope your new play, ‘The Return of Faustus’……..
“Pardon? A new play?”
“Yes, it says so here. ‘The Return of Faustus’ by William Shakespeare.”
“Really? The works they have attributed to me. More royalties then coming my way.”
“Thanks, Will and good luck with the play.”