Yay! I finally finished the FINAL final draft and have submitted my play. I was so worried about somehow not submitting it before the deadline that it's been appearing in my dreams. Along with a donkey, that's random.
Here is the official synopsis of the play:
iFamily is the story of a modern-day family facing modern-day problems.
Sam’s on the warpath because someone sucked up all the broadband - how are he and his best mate Kat supposed to socialize? Older sister Molly’s too busy plotting world domination with her girl gang to give two hoots, and getting through to older brother Bain is nigh on impossible when all he cares about is Lady Gaga. Luckily Gran has everything under control. She may be off her face - but she sure can make a mean cupcake.
iFamily takes the play beyond the theatre and into the online environment.
It features interactive elements within the play and as an extension of the characters that the audience can access before or afterwards. This includes the ability to connect with the characters via social media platforms. Become Molly’s friend on Facebook (if she deems you worthy), follow her 140 character rants on Twitter, or brush up with Bain’s research into women and empowerment in pop music by watching his YouTube montages. And when Sam, Kat and Gran get their "Can’t Cakes" business up and running, you can order your own online. Viral video publicity for the play gives us even more insight into the characters, for instance, you might just come across Gran on Chat Roulette!
Never before have you had the chance to become so entangled in the lives of fictional characters. iFamily takes audience participation into the modern day, and to a whole new level.
A playlist of the songs featured in ’iFamily’ can be listened to here.
Its working title is 'iFamily: One house, three kids, no broadband'. Brief synopsis:
Its core target is 17-22 year olds, but it will appeal to anyone. It's set in a family home over one day. The basic rundown is Sam, a 15year old boy and his mate, Kat, are trying to figure out who used up all the broadband allowance, which drives them through the house where we meet all the other characters: Molly, 17, and her gang of girls. Riot girls. Molly is a passionate feminist who rants about how no one does anything for the cause these days. Then Bain, 19, the older bro who is researching female empowerment in pop music. He's a sensitive lad. Then Gran, who the kids think is senile but is a actually a stoner. Did I mention that it rhymes? Parts of it anyway. I've never quite gotten over my love for things that rhyme, I love the rhythm of language.
There are very strong themes in the play around technology, social media and the impact on family and today's teenagers. Also around gender roles and the accessibility of feminism to young people in the modern day. And a big wallop of popular culture critique with a smattering of talk around marketing. What can I say - it's everything I'm interested in rolled into one.
The play has some interactive elements - seeing how pivotal technology is to the play it wouldn't make sense not to. But it's the publicity and the additional media elements that I'm really excited about. I want the public to be able to add Molly as a friend on Facebook, subscribe to Bain's YouTube channel, and order product from Kat and Sam's online business. Taking it out of the theatre and into the online environment. Really letting people interact with the characters.
I'm entering it into a competition soon. I don't expect to win but hey - I wrote a play, now I gotta to do something with it. I'd love to get it produced. I think that as the writer you have to be able to imagine how it would actually work in real life, so I'm itching to get it to that point. The characters feel like real people to me, I can hear them speaking as I read the words on the page and I want everyone else to see them too. The hardest part is putting yourself up for critique, especially when you have that little doubting voice in your head going "What makes you think you can write a good play anyway, dummy?". Shut up voice. I've pasted a scene below, from my favourite character: Molly. I kinda wish I was her. And think that I might be a little bit, don't they say that a writer's characters are just versions of herself?
I'd love to post it here, but the site won't allow for the correct formatting. So I guess you'll have to wait to see it for real ;)
If you're a teenager aged 15-19, I seriously need your help. I'm writing a play for people your age, you see, and as a 26 year old I'm starting feel like I'm losing touch with what you guys are all about. So help me out by filling in this questionnaire as thoroughly as you can, and then my play will (hopefully) be awesome and funny instead of lame and clichéd. When you email this through to me, let me know if you’d like to be informed if the play ever gets produced so you can come along!You can either cut and past the questions below into an email back to me at email@example.com. Or, click on the file at the top of this page to download the questions, then fill them out and send them back to me. Cheers!
Firstly, how old are you and what gender are you?
Do you spend much time on the internet during the weekend? How much?
Do you sometimes prefer going on the internet than hanging out with friends?
What’s the main way you communicate with friends e.g txt, phone call, Facebook?
Around about how many Facebook friends do you have?
Do you use MySpace at all? Bebo? Tumblr? Flickr? If you use any of these sites, why do you?
Do you feel like having access to the internet all the time, and social media sites like Facebook, bring you closer to your friends, or makes you see your friends not as much in real life?
What’s the main reason you use social media websites like Facebook?
What’s the main thing you do on Facebook e.g. posting on friends’ walls, or status updates, or photo sharing?
Is there any part of Facebook you don’t like?
Do your parents understand why you like Facebook/whatever site you use?
Do they give you a hard time about how much time you spend online?
Have you seen much online bullying? If so, how?
Do you access the internet off your phone? If so, what sites do you go to using your phone?
Do you think being on sites like Facebook connects you to your friends more, or less?
Being a teenager
What issues do you as a teenager face that you think is unique to people around your age? Things like text/online bullying, peer pressure to do stuff, adults not taking you seriously…
Have you noticed any funny quirks about being a teenager, or teenage behaviour? Eg. like how when someone has a dress-up party the girls often want a good costume that ALSO makes them look sexy.
What is some teenage lingo or acronyms that you use with your friends eg. BRB, skank, random, OMG
Who are some of your role models, or just people that you like and admire ie. pop stars, actors, writers?
Do you think there are any TV programmes/websites/books/movies out there that really ‘get’ what it’s like to be a teenager? Which ones?
What are the main ways you entertain yourself when you get home from school/in the weekends?
What are your favourite TV programmes?
Thanks! And if there's anything else you think I should know about teenagers, please add it to the bottom of your email. Lil :)