I originally began to write this update as to progress on our musical stage adaptation of Castle Gillian with a brief statement intimating that little progress has been made on this project for over a year but, without giving any informed reason as to why this is the case.
Then, I thought, this was a cop-out in terms of not providing an adequate explanation since we are aware that there is a growing level of interest in this work.
So, what is the cause of these incessant delays?
The issue is that we have, so far, failed to develop an adequate treatment of how the stage adaptation should be shaped to transfer a rich and complex narrative; as exists in the novel, to what invevitably has to be a leaner, less complex version for the stage.
In the case of musicals, one of the key questions that has to be answered at the outset is, “whose story is it that we are re-telling?” We have gone back and forwards on this – over and over again – trying to determine from which character perspective we will tell the story.
Straight forward you would think but, no, I’m afraid it isn’t. Continue Reading →