KNOTS: Jack and Jill
A work in progress on R.D Laing's study.
Theatre Sans Accents' next project will look at communications, all sorts of communication, in all forms, shapes and environment with the adaptation of KNOTS by R.D Laing. 7th October 2017 marked the anniversary of Laing's birth and 23rd August 2019 will see the 30th anniversary of his death, offering thus the perfect timeframe to develop a new production inspired by his legacy, here in Scotland his birthplace (Govan).
“ They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game”.
Looking at the text and its singular form, we want to further explore what is shown of human behaviours and relationships on and off stage.
We will be particularly interested in the concepts of gender, play, identity and physicality to question whether these are pre-existing knots in society between individuals or whether individuals create them. If so why, how and what happens once they’re untied?
As childhood is a very present theme throughout the essay, we intend to workshop the text with young people of all ages and background to get their understanding of it therefore enabling us to work towards a performance accessible to young audience but also made by them.
Two upcoming periods of development are planned in December 2017 and January 2018 to start working on the text and the themes related to it.
Intrigued? Take a look below at some extracts from Knots below...