Marty Gull - The Guerrilla Guide to Revenge Musicals
© Chris Port, 31st July 2011
Contact: Chris Port / Marty Gull
Format: An instruction manual on how to create a ‘revenge musical’.
Style: Darkly humorous, pseudo-military, cod-revolutionary, artistic manifesto and technical manual (camouflaging libelous fact with ludicrous fiction).
Length: 150 pages of playscript,
songs and poetry
150 pages of production notes,
guidelines and support material
= 300 pages
Audience: 16+ media literate intertextualists, interested in political art: theatre, film, TV, music, writing and education. Specifically targeted at English, Arts and Media teachers, students and diverse practitioners.
Manual: The manual will be divided into two roughly equal parts.
1. The playscript and libretto for Marty Gull, an original ‘revenge musical’ set in the treacherous underworld of education – together with ‘offshoot’ material for adaptation.
2. Production notes for those who wish to create their own revenge musicals, including anticipated problems, ‘hard knocks’ advice, practical exercises and academic ammunition.
Series: The book will hopefully be the first of an interactive series. It is therefore not a finished product but a formative process.
Aim: The broader aim is to develop a new collaborative form of musical theatre. I hope to include contributions in the book from other lyricists, composers, musicians, actors and designers (copyright to be arranged).
Develop: I would like to submit the book to my alma mater, The Central School of Speech and Drama, to be developed in theatre workshops with a view to both public performance and research development. Ultimately, I would be interested in using all of this as a springboard for a PhD thesis on new art forms and musical theatre.
Examples: For early examples of style and content, please see:
#1: Marty Gull - Open Invitation for Collaboration on a New Musical Art Form - Link to Central School of Speech and Drama
#56: Marty Gull Concept Pictures
#57: Marty Gull Complete Libretto
#61 Marty Gull Playscript Extracts
#93. Blog List and Links
#99. The Rest Is Just Poetry... Pretty Words For An Ugly Day...
#256. Back-of-a-fag-packet note to musical composers
#277. Songwriting Workshop
#286. Gull Etymology: Martyrs, Fools, and Exploding Shit (Gull's Guano)
#291. Only Connect: Blog Data Analysis June 2011http://martygull.blogspot.com/2011/07/chris-port-blog-291-only-connect-blog.html
31st July 2011