“One of love’s greatest drawbacks is that, for a while at least, it is in danger of making us seriously happy.” – Alain de Botton
Doesn’t everyone want to feel something, in their lifetime? To love, hold, cherish, laugh and spoon – the one you adore?
‘Speaking in Tongues’ by Andrew Bovell challenges the ‘norms of society’ and the way we behave (either naturally or manufactured), the way we do.
When we grow tired of our lover or partner, some of us look for younger flesh. Others may withdraw from society, into a deep depression.
When we have it all – it never seems to be enough. So many voids, and the ‘love’ has run out. Probably because nothing satisfies, and we are scared of being hurt? Again?
When marriage takes the back seat, the adrenalin takes over, and meeting a stranger for ‘intimacies’ becomes a reality. Or does it? When it is right there for the taking, morality pollutes the mind.
‘Speaking In Tongues’ was adapted from the stage to the screen in 2001, the award-winning film, ‘Lantana’. I have seen it three times.
Great storytelling with elements of fear, hints of comedy, and the sense of raw undoings of betrayal – that leave us blinded, speechless, and wanting more.
“Marriage is a wonderful invention; bit then again so is a bicycle repair kit.” – Billy Connelly
Writing my latest script, has awakened a lot of feelings from within. I suppose this will always be the case, when you are writing a story (for the stage) about unrequited love. After much conversation with some friends, they divulged their favourite films on this subject are, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’, ‘ The Notebook’, ‘P.S. I Love You’, ’10 Things I Hate About You’, ‘Amelie’, ‘House of Sand and Fog’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Revolutionary Road’ were the main contenders. How do you determine what love is? As we age, sometimes we develop cynical thoughts about surrendering our heart. When you are experiencing (seismic) feelings, where is the off switch? Obviously, you are unable to control this sensation. I have cried and laughed developing these characters. Boom.