Marchant, Young Writer in Residence - Blog
Lydia Marchant is Hull Truck's Young Writer In Residence. Her latest play The Expendables was showcased as part of Listen Up! at Hull Truck on November 1 and 2, 2012. Here she describes her experience leading up to the big night.
The Opening Night - Thursday 1 November
Opening night; orange squash and that sensation of nervy unease cavort in my gut like Russian synchronised swimmers and as the house lights fade, they faultlessly execute a pike jump into the back of my throat. It's been five months. Five months since the trying; the ineffectual pacing, the staring at the little black cursor and its provocative dance at the top of a blank Word document, the flicking back onto Twitter to read what Aaron McLean likes in his bagel. Four since the conception; the passionate intercourse between Daily Mail articles and therapeutic re-runs of Fresh Meat. Three since the birth; the false alarms, the screaming, the first draft. Two since the upbringing; the removal of (some) naughty, sweary words because Granny's booked tickets for the front row. One since the prom; the rehearsals, the realisation that it's matured, it's almost ready, the tan lines that show it's not quite there. Now I'm sitting in row F, knowing that I've bought the wok, re-packed the bags, piled into the car-. Knowing that we're almost there; my baby is all grown up and ready for 6 (brilliant) actors to bring it to life. Knowing I can turn its room into a home cinema. Knowing that, even so, I might have a little cry.