Running with Tan, my dog, today in awful windy weather, I realised that what I wanted to do – besides running with Tan in awful windy weather – was get back to formatting the three act stage play I’m working on. It’s called ‘Indigo’ and the theme is climate change. The title and through-going motif comes from the gorgeous indigo robes worn by the Tuareg people. Where music occurs in the play, it is the sound of Tuareg blues band Tinarawen, which I also listen to a lot while doing the writing. The colour indigo links each of the three acts which are set in parallel realities. Without plot spoilers, Act 1 riffs on the persistence of the human condition, even post apocalypse, especially class and gender relations. It notes how social power is thoroughly infiltrated with technology and vice versa. Act 2 considers the limits of rationality and the seemingly irrationality of big data: it brings together the logics of virtue ethics and the Terminator films! And Act 3 sets up a genuine Catch 22 (there are so many bogus Catch 22’s in ‘literature’) around empathy as a necessary condition for human mitigation of climate change. It excites me when I read it, but I wonder if Indigo will ever be performed.... I do hope so. Tan is indifferent.
I am he as you are he as you are me, and we are all together
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