Each month the Liar's League hosts a new theme. My story was selected for Shock and Awe. From the website: "As 9/11 looms, we want stories of shocking tales that move and horrify you."
The idea of story as performance allows the writer to hear and see the internal vision of their idea in a completely new way. I remember when my play, "Leave Behind Me," was performed. I sat in awe of the process, and lost sight of my own ideas and watched to see what happened next. Basically, the story comes to life, as it should, in reality. It's also easier to see what works and what doesn't, or what the audience likes. For instance, with the play, there was a secondary character that didn't have a huge part, but the actor made her memorable, and highly funny. Even if I didn't think my lines were off-the-chart funny, the actor took it to the next level. I realized I had provided an even balance to the character's lines, but saw she could've had a bigger storyline.
If you're in the Leeds area, here are the details to see the show. It is September 13, 2011. Doors open at 7pm, downstairs at:
37 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0PP
(5 mins from Oxford Circus tube station - Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines)
Liar's League is held on the second Tuesday of every month. We start at 7.30pm, though arriving for 7pm is often wise as a) that's when the bar opens, and b) seats go pretty quickly. And whilst we would say that, wouldn't we, it is true. We wouldn't lie to you, would we?
And all of this for a very reasonable £5 on the door. For more information, visit: http://liarsleague.typepad.com/liars_league/