Wednesday 16 September @ 9:00 pm
NATIONAL THEATRE of SCOTLAND
Credo sees former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead perform a reading of her witty, uplifting manifesto on the art of theatre-making. The poem was first published in 2016 as The Theatre-Makers Credo, as part of her collection Fugitive Colours, which was released at the end of her term as Scotland’s national poet. Written by Liz Lochhead, performed by Liz Lochhead and Andy Clark and directed by Morag Fullarton.
“There is a favourite quote I’m remembering from an old movie. I’m getting Michael Caine, so could it be Sleuth…? Anyway, this writer has come upon this new play by a totally unknown student of his and he loves it so much he decides to kill him and steal it for his own. He says something like: “This play, this play is so good not even a really talented director could screw it up.”
There’s not a playwright I know who doesn’t give a particularly sardonic hoot of laughter at this line. We’ve all – not often, or we’d not still be doing it, we’d be writing novels or short stories – but at least once in our lives we’ve probably had the painful experience of witnessing the disconnect between what we thought we were trying to do and say in the play and what’s being encouraged to emerge in the rehearsal room. One production-week got me sublimating my left-over energy and frustration into putting down in rhyming doggerel what I believe it’s all about, drama, this business-of-show. My credo. Referencing, naturally, the wisdom of Euripides and Moliere, quoting heroes like Mamet, Shakespeare and the immortal Bette Midler.”
LIZ LOCHHEAD, WRITER & PERFORMER
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