Over the past 2 months, I have been working on something quite unique in terms of a theatre show, lore. The Stan Dup Ensemble’s upcoming production “A Dragon’s Tail”, is a twisted fairy tale wherein the power of friendship is the true weapon to combat evil. This production originally started many months ago as a devising process, with a core concept, and a short brief on what we hoped to achieve. Several months later this culminated in the framework of a script. However what comes before that is the project that I have been working on for 2 months now, and have almost completed! It is the lore. In videogames and fantasy worlds, there is always a rich backstory, history, maps and timelines dictating the rules of the world or worlds. This is what has consumed my time recently as I have outlined physics, trade and even the traditional ceremonies of each country residing in the world of “Fantuhsee”. The lore consists of not only a detailed description of each country and it’s respective information, but also maps, sketches and other related imagery that allows us to perfectly construct the world that was inspired from our rehearsal room.
As a writer I have found this to be a far more taxing task than I had originally anticipated, and it has kept me quite preoccupied. I have had experience at lore writing, both through my own projects and in my work on a fantasy video game that is currently in the works. The work I’ve done on “A Dragon’s Tail” will then be sent to the collaborative scriptwriters working on turning my history and rules into a cohesive script that captures everything the cast worked on in the devising stage. Following that, we’ll re-enter the rehearsal room with scripts in hand, ready to try our hand at performing this crazy rendition of a traditional fairy tale.