GOODFELLOW: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

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An advantage of being a project-based company is that the development of an idea is not constrained by the economic pressure of keeping a company on the road at all costs.

Goodfellow benefited from a two-week development grant from the Wellcome Trust, which enabled us to draw on the expertise of contemporary trauma surgeons and researchers into medical history. Once the research and development was complete, we no longer qualified for the further sponsorship from Wellcome that might have enabled us to bring the work to earlier production.

In the wake of that not entirely unpredictable setback, we determined not to sell the project short: it deserves the resources of a full cast and a wide showing.  So matters were put on hold until the optimum conditions could be created to do it justice.

In the intervening period, while Director and Producer have engaged with separate projects, the script has continued to go through further redrafting and refinement, sharpening the focus on guns and gun control, while plans have been drawn up for mounting a national tour.

Two plans are now being simultaneously pursued:

PLAN A: We are now approaching London and Regional theatres with a view to putting together a UK tour in 2018, with approaches for funding to ACE, SAC and some foundations.

PLAN B: Based on a growing realisation that this material could have significant extra appeal for US audiences, we are testing the waters with an approach to leading US Drama Schools. These can offer the benefits of a large cast and  a chance to  showcase the work to US agents and producers.

Continuing on other fronts, Carl’s ongoing mission to open up the fascinating world of historical Tombstone has not lost any momentum. Radio Dramas are in preparation based on some of Goodfellow’s source material: diaries, autobiographies and newspaper dispatches.

  1. Clara Spalding Brown:The highly educated wife of a mining engineer, reluctantly dragged away from civilised West Coast Society, makes use of her time by sending a series of dispatches from the frontier to the readers of the San Diego Union.
  2. George Parsons: A diarist and family friend of Dr Goodfellow, who features in the play, but has a story of his own, with moments of drama to match any of Tombstone’s adventuring classes.
  3. John Clum: A friend of both Goodfellow and Parsons, who also features in the play. His prehistory as the agent of an Indian reservation, including the bloodless capture of Geronimo, has been the subject of one flawed film: Walk The Proud Land (1956)

 

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