An interesting day spent with Andy Lavender and his company at Central School of Speech and Drama. The new project is called The Good Actor;
the good actor in question is John Matthews and he is beloved and
feared, brilliant and destructive, everywhere and nowhere. He’s the
proposed central figure in a theatre show but for now he will (not)
appear through a series of short films that form a constellation around
him. Friends, colleagues, acquaintances and associates meet in his
absence and discuss him - or not - and slowly a sense of him will emerge
through his absence.
Mostly these scenes will be improvised by the actors. Andy’s asked if I might like to script one or two. I have an idea for a Restoration actor on the phone. The scenes are to be filmed guerrilla-style, one 3-minute scene every half-hour through the week. These will be available online initially, but may be a step on the way to - or even a component of - a theatre show.