Remember this work-in-progress? A short fringe play what I wrote (God, I shouldn’t even type that – does anyone still remember Morecambe and Wise?) was performed in London in December 2011, and is now about to start workshopping in a very different form as ‘Falling Stars’.
Most of the roles have changed in character, the one constant being the casting of Victoria Jeffries as Helena, and the piece is now double its original length. We expect to stage it in spring next year, but timing depends on Victoria being available while she produces a new play at the Wyndham’s.
This time it will be a much darker-hued comedy about success and failure. What I love about the theatre process is the constant tightening and improvement of dialogue, which is something you can’t replicate in a novel. There are passages I regret in most of my books, and typos drive me nuts. There’s a typo in ‘Hell Train’, courtesy of Spellcheck, that switched ‘etymologist’ for ‘entomologist’, and it will now be there forever – very annoying.
Plays are amorphous. I’ve seen new productions two or three times in the same runs that have had entirely different endings. The desire to keep tinkering is enormous, simply because you can do it. But I hope that this, when it finally emerges, will be the definitive version.