Window Open … 10 Points to Ponder … Happy New Year!

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Window Open – A Play by Andrew Seedall

“There is an unmistakable look that two people have when they are in love. You can’t manufacture it. And if you’re experiencing it, you can’t hide it.” –Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.

Window Open – A Play by Andrew Seedall

Bran and Tom’s world is changing after the death of Tom’s mother. Some of the changes they can control, most, they can’t. All they can do is make it up as they go along, blurring the lines between what they keep private and what others make public.

Window Open is a period piece, exploring the complicated lives of a gay couple in England during the late 1960s navigating the confusing worlds of private love and public fear.

A fictional story based on factual lives, exploring the hidden history of a life long same sex couple.

Developed as part of Studio Salford’s Write for the Stage programme, the play has had its public Script in Hand debut as part of ‘Development Week’ at the Kings Arms Theatre, Salford. Development Week is an opportunity for emerging writers to showcase new pieces of work performed with professional actors in front of a real audience.

Window Open [is] a fascinating exploration of a gay relationship back when being openly gay would get you in prison. He’s crafted the world beautifully and worked through a scenario that’s completely engaging. Mike Heath – Studio Salford.

Andrew is a new writer exploring stories which have resonated for him in his life. Originally from Burnley, Andrew lives in Greater Manchester with his life-long partner and Fiancé Rob of 14 years

Visual Ideas for portraiture to accompany Window Open

My name is Chris Currie, I am a photographer based in Manchester and I am excited to be a part of Andrew’s play, Window Open.

We are looking for lifelong same sex couples who have been together for 10 years or more and/or LGBTQ+ widows / widowers from lifelong relationships to volunteer for photography portraits. The portraits will accompany the main narrative arc in Andrews play and will also celebrate love within the LGBTQ+ community.

All the photographs you see in this proposal will give you an idea of what we are trying to achieve, from composition through to lighting. Ideally I would like to photograph each couple in their home environment but due to the current circumstances this may not be possible, however we could also use outside locations.

The process is a collaboration so from start to finish we can discuss ideas as we go. My main aim is to ensure each person involved feels comfortable with the process and is happy with the results. If anybody is interested then please contact Andrew at andrewseedall@googlemail.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Image by Tom Hunter (l)
Image by Kovi Konowiecki (r)

 

10 Points to Ponder as 2020 draws to a close …

  1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
  2. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.
  3. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
  4. This morning I saw a neighbour talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came to my house and told my dog … we had a good laugh.
  5. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pyjamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
  6. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
  7. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him / her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
  8. I need to practice social-distancing … from the refrigerator.
  9. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip out to the bins!

10. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go into a bank with a mask on and ask for money.

Happy New Year!

One thought on “Window Open … 10 Points to Ponder … Happy New Year!

  1. Thank you Tony. We had a good laugh this morning at those jokes. Happy New Year to you and everyone at Out in the City. We hope it will be a good one just like 2012 when we had the Olympics here and everyone was happy. Take care and stay safe. Dave & Peter

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