Concept for “The Women of Lockerbie”
This play is about two opposing ideas: Destruction and Life. It also seems to be about how we deal with Life after Destruction. The four elements – Earth, Water, Air, and Fire – seem to be present throughout the script. These elements provide a sense of balance for life on earth. However, the pain and destruction of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing linger as well, and a sense of doom and a future without hope seems to grip some of the characters and dialogue. In the play’s end, the strong image of water – cool, flowing, cleansing water – overtakes the negative ideas and washes the characters and story clean. In general, I visualize the Scottish countryside…I can envision an production in which earth, water, air, and fire come together in the scenic design, lighting design, and costumes. The night sounds of the winter solstice (the night on which the play is set) may also come into play. The soundscape of the quiet, cold night in December contrasts with the violent, loud, angry memories being spoken onstage….
(This is obviously just a sample…the concept would need to address all the areas in the “Final Directorial Concept Sheet”)