The first development for 5+5 took place from October 12-14 2018. The writers were joined by mentors Sopa Enari and Phoebe Grainer (PWA).
The exploration during the weekend focused primarily on teasing out the themes within individual narratives developed by the writers and developing the characters in each story – and how they serve the larger narrative as a way to begin to find links and points of intersection between the individual narratives.
The five writers are using Trump’s inauguration as the backdrop for the setting of the story, which offers insights into the nuances of living and growing up in Western Sydney through each of the five characters.
Together, the stories confront issues of alienation, and belonging whilst offering an insight into Western Sydney, and Australian culture from a perspective we don’t often see on our stages or screens. Each writer traces and examines the circumstances that shape a person’s ideological beliefs from a personal vantage point; providing an incredibly complex and authentic understanding of the communities that make up the social fabric of our society.
At this early stage, the writers are exploring the various styles of oral storytelling that their stories will inhabit, and be presented as on stage. In the next couple of months the writers will meet to further develop and refine their characters and stories, as well as create a plot structure that will bring cohesion to their individual narratives.