Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel) by John Gerrard

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This is a single frame from a digital art piece called Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel), by digital artist John Gerrard. The video I took this image from is a short retrospective on Gerrard’s work by the Tate Modern. (Hence the watermark in the corner) I first found out about John Gerrard when I saw another piece that he ad made, Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oaklahoma, on display (also at The Tate Modern.) I’ve never actually seen Thousand Year Dawn in person and haven’t been able to find much information on it outside of the above video and a very small Wikipedia section. But despite this, Thousand Year Dawn is one of my favourite pieces of artwork, and a piece which I think about constantly in my own writing.

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Gender Neutral Playwriting

As my first one-act play, Scenic Reality, is getting its’ first performance next month, I thought I’d write a bit about something that was very important to me when writing the play; that is, making sure that the characters could be played by as many different kinds of people as possible. This naturally led to questions about gender, and how I could give people the option to change a characters gender without affecting the story or the text itself. I was a bit wary about not giving the characters any gender at all, as I felt that would make the characters too hard to picture on paper, and writing ‘he/she/they’ every time it came up in the script would be a nightmare to read. Continue reading “Gender Neutral Playwriting”