Delicious chocolates from York

Tuesday 4 June 2013
by  Isabel B
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Delicious Chocolates From York

By Isabel B., 6°4 LL

Did you ever want to meet celebrities such as playwrights? Before, I wasn’t very interested in meeting some myself- except for meeting Johnny Depp- I thought it would be boring just to sit and hear about people’s lives... But when my class met Mike Kenny, I completely changed my mind...

We met Mike Kenny on Thursday 11th April 2013 in our school’s (Cité Scolaire Internationale) library, where he told us all about him and his plays. Mike Kenny is a playwright who lives in York, that he explained to us, had a big chocolate factory, which made me very, very hungry since I LOVE chocolate. Mike Kenny was in charge of the 2012 "York Mystery Plays." By the way you should go on You Tube and see its trailer...

When I first saw him, I was surprised. I thought he’d be smaller and shyer. He seemed to be in his 40’s-50’s but he told us he was older. The playwright had three earrings in one of his ears and was dressed a bit like in the 50’s I thought.

With him we learned that he wrote about real life and never planned his plays before writing them. He told us, “When you write, write about your life. Your life is enough.” Mr. Kenny talked a lot about his family. I like the fact that many of the characters in his play are members of his family (for example, Aunty Linda, his mum’s sister, is in all of his plays!).

At some point, he used a metaphor about "route people" and "map people". The playwright explained to us that map people were people who planned everything in advance and that route people were people who didn’t know where the path they took would lead them, but who could always come back and take another one. He used this metaphor to explain that when he is writing, he never plans what he will be writing about, but if he doesn’t like what he wrote, he can always start again.

This was the best meeting I ever had. I hope Mike Kenny will come back next year to tell us about his next play, which is: "Edmund The Pig".