Victoria Wood Monologues – online workshop update
When I was first asked to take part in the Happy Festival, inspired by Victoria Wood, one of the questions posed was: Is she still relevant or was her work only of its time?
With that in mind, I took a bunch of her monologues and ‘tweaked’ them ever so slightly, where the references might be getting a little dated. (Not many people remember Alma Cogan – they should!).
We’re just over two weeks into the project and I now have 10 women learning the monologues online. The majority of participants have never done anything like this before and would never have considered coming to ‘live’ workshops where they had to stand up in front of other people and make idiots of themselves.
So, by happy accident we have a bunch of people learning new skills and going out of their comfort zone for the hell of it. They film themselves doing the speech, send it to me, we chat on the phone and I give any notes, then repeat the process all over again. By the end, we’ll have 10 Victoria Wood monologues performed by ‘real’ women, with fresh, up to date perspectives.
I’ve been knocked out by how quickly people have picked this up and run with it. Some great ideas coming back at me. People with no pretentions to act are getting involved, showing real enthusiasm, making some great character choices and learning to master the technology and make creative decisions about things like camera angles and lighting.
I feel a bit like Miss Jean Brodie – very proud of my girls. I think Victoria would be proud too.
By Steve Cooper.