For me, metaphors are vital because they describe a thing as well as how you feel about the thing. And that’s important in the creative process. We think in - and with - feeling. To use another metaphor: thinking and feeling dance together. Sometimes one leads; sometimes the other.
Metaphors aren’t always great dancers though. Sometimes they don’t like the music, or the music doesn’t like them. Sometimes a metaphor can just shrug, pulls out a bag of monster munch and walk off.
A good metaphor is one that will dances with you all night. In the rehearsal room they’re an extra person full of curiosity, ideas and emotion. A good metaphor doesn’t judge. A good metaphor vibes.
And over the course of ten days, we’ve imagined ours into existence. It’s taken playing, story telling, collecting, discussing, talking, and chatting. We’ve had to make a language together, and our metaphor is fluent in it.
But no matter how satisfied we are with it, it won’t make our play for us. But it is going to tell us about it, even if it has to use a metaphor.
Andy Owen Cook