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The World in Ruins

“A society that does not invest in it’s children is a society that is doomed…”

I’ve told the cast that this is the message that the audience ought to leave with. Pompous much? I don’t care. It is how it is.

I was just going to post “Plot Document_V6” when I realised it’s already out of date. We DO have a completed Plot Summary, but I don’t want to share that yet – if ever.

I’m a bit shy of   putting it out there. It’s a very familiar dystopian future. “The Hunger Games”. “Battle Royal”. “Divergent” et al. Even [especially] “Blade Runner”.

I WOULD have said that it’s point of difference was that it is about VERY small children, but I’ve just read Joel Shepherd’s “23 Years on Fire” and there is a whole half book about such children. I didn’t put me off writing THIS story tho’. Rather the reverse, encouraging me to think the subject matter was certainly worth the effort.
I’ve read books and seen films that you will say I have stolen from. What I haven’t seen is this on stage. It is only in the theatre that you are in the presence of truly felt emotion  and if this play works, that’ll be why.

This play started as one examining the REAL children who lived and still live outside the society of adults in past and current real life war grounds, but eventually I didn’t feel like I had the voice, or the experience or the RIGHT to speak for them, even though they can’t speak for themselves. It would also have been a horrible play to watch.
Taking it into the future  allows us to examine the horror with – not dispassion – but critical, OBJECTIVE distance. My good old mate Bertolt Brecht again. If we get caught up in the sentiment, we stop thinking and merely[!!] feel. I don’t want the audience to feel sad, sorry, anguished, frighten for the characters, I want them to be OUTRAGED by what is done to them, and vow never to let that happen in their own lives, to go out and ACT so that these atrocities become impossible.

Here is a SHORT list of the writers who have informed is play. Tolkien, whose world, Middle Earth made all other worlds believable.
Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Philip K Dick, Alexei Panshin, Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, and a cast of hundreds more across thousands of books.
And of course, the one, the only William Gibson, for whom the character of the Prophet William is named.