Monday, 11 February 2019
Let thy speech be better than silence...*
It's not easy to read someone else's words (unless you're a proper actor, of course); nor is it easy to hear someone else read yours. In the introduction to Nine Lives, my book of monologues, I invite people to perform them wherever they like and say: 'You will see I have included a note with each to describe the person I had in mind as I wrote the story; but if you hear a different voice, that's fine with me.' As it turns out, I find it quite hard to sit and watch someone perform as one of 'my' characters in the 'wrong' voice!
What do you think? Have you ever had your words performed by someone else? If so, how did it feel? Do you guard your characters jealously?
*... or be silent (Dionysius of Halicarnassus)