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Too many working titles – a play in progress

First of all, thanks to Taike & Galway County Council for the support I have received toward completing this play, which, as the headline suggests, is without a name.

The play will be an immersive experience with themes of civilization and wilderness, care and control, and their extremes. It grew out of talks we had with the actress Anastasia Trizna about everything she wanted to say about the world. We talked about things like over-consumption, threats women experience, threats journalists experience, political issues, power, the environment, climate catastrophe, gender issues, and everything else we know we need to change if we want to create a more just and fair world where we can live. A lot of themes, which only fell onto place when Alpine Fellowship announced their call for this year’s writing prizes: They asked submissions under the title Untamed – On Wilderness And Civilization, which seemed to tie the threats of thoughts nicely together in a bundle that can be dramatized.

However, the play is still without a name, which often tells me there is something either missing or too many things I am trying to fit under one umbrella – those at the edges get soaked, and eventually everyone is wet from the rain. My debut play, Älä jätä jälkiä (Leave No Trace) had its title from the very beginning of the five-year process of making it. The play It’s True I Love You All So Much which shall be produced by Eva’s Echo Theatre Company later this year was christened when I made the initial proposal for it for my dissertation. Apple Blossoms was Apple Blossoms from the start – and so on.

This play who behaves very differently than the rest, has been called, so far –

Wilderness through different viewpoints
The End of The Song Is Death
Their Bare Feet

And probably half a dozen more possible names. Maybe I should just call it Quite a few things we want to say about the world and then some. I would love to stick with bare feet, though, because I often go on walks without shoes just to experience the limitations of the physical world and to escape the civilization, which to me is a form of care that turned into control and started destroying itself – care that turned into aspiring for an excessive length of lifespan, fearing death and thoughts of deserving more and more, into layers of protection that cut the connection with the Earth.

If we wouldn’t wear shoes we would be more wary of where we step. Our feet would be able to listen.


Published by jennitiera

I'm a playwright & poet from Finland and in love with Ireland. My work is often beautiful and disturbing, and some of the writers I've been compared to are Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Kane, Virginia Woolf - to name the three I'm most aspiring to reach while learning more about how words, rhythms, sentences, ideas, embodiments and wilderness tie together as works of literature.

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