Magic, that’s what writing is

Tuesday 4 June 2013
by  Adrien D
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MAGIC, that’s what writing is

Written by Adrien D. on 7th May 2013 _______________________________________________________________

At first, I thought it would be two boring hours of my life that I would never have back. FALSE. Completely false. This was a unique and amazing experience. On 11th April 2013, my English class met Mike Kenny, the famous Welsh playwright in the CSI of Grenoble’s library.

He now lives in York (a northern English town that had a very large chocolate factory) with his wife. He is in charge of the York Mystery plays: you can see the trailer at this address on YouTube: York Mystery Plays 2012 - Cinematic Trailer

When I first saw Mike Kenny I was surprised to see an author with three earrings and glasses. For me an author was a serious person without any accessories (earrings, piercings,dyed hair...). But as the time passed he impressed me more and more. The way he gave advice and how he talked about his personal life was surprisingly interesting. "Until it’s on paper, writing a play is like juggling with jelly", he explained.

“When I was a kid, the teacher gave us an exercise to do: write a story of which the key words were giant, witch and donkey. My story won a competition and I went home early to tell the news to my mother. It was the beginning of the beginning.” Those were the words he said.

He described how and where he wrote his ideas: on an iPad and a notebook (the present one is is an address book). He admitted that he never planned anything: he follows what he feels is the best at each moment.

He told us that once he took two months to write one play, although it also happened that he wrote one in two days. The difference of time was astonishing!

We had already read some of his plays ("The Forgetting", "Walking the Tightrope"...) so we talked a bit about the ones we didn’t know of: his first play and the play he is currently working on.

He also explained that you didn’t need to have a special family to be inspired. For example his Aunt Linda inspired him for some characters such as Imelda Baglady in “Whose Shoes" or Tobias in "The Forgetting”.

What I enjoyed above all were the compliments he gave on the handmade gardens and on the work we did, although I was a little disappointed that we didn’t show him our play reviews.