Cogitatio

Role: Writer

Performances: Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2016)

Collaborators: MA Collaborative Theatre, Oge Nwosu

 

I was asked to write a meditation by fellow-students at Guildhall on the MA Collaborative Theatre for their installation piece, making a space for quiet amid the end-of-term Guildhall Christmas chaos. With Oge Nwosu reading, it seemed to work for people.

 

One challenge of the piece was writing a secular meditation. Most models available were religious in nature, or clearly derived from religious philosophies. More particularly, a lot of ‘secular’ meditations seemed to be religious meditations without the bits about how to behave once the meditation-period was over. Which seem to be important in making people feel long-term contentment.

 

I hope I managed to write something that worked in that specific space, giving a sense of ritual, but one designed knowing that people would walk out to chaotic lives, essentially unchanged.

 

More of a respite than a deep meditation, but a fascinating challenge. I hope to return to it someday.

“Listen to the world.

Listen to the hum.

Listen.”

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