MA Research Week with RSC Director Iqbal Khan

That first kind of day and a half where if he
really took the time to get to know each of us, I think it was about the first two
hours of the whole thing, he just went around the circle and had us talk about
our lives a little bit. And personally I’ve been through a few of those types
of situations with directors before and I’ve never felt valued or seen in the
way that I did. Iqbal encouraged us to go away and develop our own scripts and
possibly work through them as a rehearsal process, and that’s exactly
what we did isn’t it. It is. I think the best thing I felt was as part of the
education masters we don’t get a chance to do much creative and practical work
and this was a really great opportunity to have a week where we worked with the
director who’s world-renowned and this created some fantastic work. He’s just so
wonderful and really wanted to get to know us and wanted to look into our
minds and kind of like be like oh, and he was so invested in each and every one of
our stories. And the people that we brought forward he wanted to know why we
were so interested in them if he’s individuals that we decided to write
about, and yeah he he he kind of directed us as well, so we’d come forward and then
he would say like oh you should look into my bringing that and like how could
you stage this and perhaps you could try this, and that and so that was really
cool to have him kind of direct us a little bit. I would say to people who
think oh maybe this is just for creativity students that know they
should give it a go because there’s certainly
to learn and to take away from it. I think it’s the idea that the history
play is often thought of as one thing and we really explored in the week that
the different voices that go into history are what’s important, and I keep
getting stuck on this idea of the prism of history and that you’re not looking
through a glass that history to create a history play, but you’re looking through
prism and that refract all these different colors, and that your voice as
a writer is to pick one of those colors, and maybe a color that’s not normally
looked at and it can really encouraged us to look at those other colors. We’ve
heard, we’ve heard Shakespeare’s version, we’ve heard other authors versions, but
what’s ours and he gave us the agency and he gave us the opportunity and the
permission really to write our own versions of history, and I think that was
something that I will never forget. It was an absolutely fantastic week, and it
was such privilege to work with not just a renowned director as Jo says but
somebody who was so inclusive and made all of us feel valuable.

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