This writing is a personal reflection on 'community' and some implications of a single review in the light of a recent project I've collaborated on...
On the 10th of July 2011 Jack Gray published his review on theatreview of Sean Curham's latest performance construct 'Are You Scared of Me'. In the thread that followed an unusual polylogue has emerged - unusual in that vitriol is by and large absent from the tone of the arguments, conjecture, and responses. Instead what has accumulated is a deeply engaged, largely informed, honest and generous cluster of communiques. These writings have formed a fluidly mutating context for Sean's latest work, throwing new light, angles, and reflections on the event itself, raising worthwhile questions, and pinging its possible implications.
Val Smith called for responses to the review and/or the emergent issues raised in the thread from the performers in the show. I'm answering that call on my blog rather than on on theatreview primarily because I am deeply critical of the efficacy of that particular forum as a healthy ecology to learn in.
Jack's writing wasn't the thing that really interested me (although I admit to being distracted by the careless omission of both mine and Mike Holland's names from the review). That aside I became very interested in a question thrown out there by Raewyn Whyte in which she expressed coming away from Sean's show wondering "
All that said though, I learned things from reading the thread on Jack's review. What held my attention was the accumulated collective response, the incomplete mosaic of view points enervating further conceptual, imaginative, and emotional connections. And even though I don't trust the platform named 'theatreview' overall, in this particular thread I perceive a morphing entity of shared meaning fed by individuals with something to say. And that thing may actually be something that is "