Studio Eye Screenstage produces important human condition social realism original dramas for the stage and screen and 'Blind Eye' is no exception - in tackling issues that are still sadly prevalent in today's world. In holding a mirror up to the realities of what may be viewed as uncomfortable, we do feel it is vital that the medium of stage and screen is used responsibly, in order to dramatise crucial material which needs to be addressed.
In 2010, when our first play, Tether End, highlighting the blight of alcoholism on a young man and his subsequently wasted life and abilities, was performed in Glasgow to highly appreciative audiences, I realised then that working to create more profound drama experiences was crucial - and something I felt and still feel compelled to continue doing.
The need to offer even in a small way a compelling stage or screen alternative for audiences from a constantly diluting performance menu of saccharine musicals, lame, derivative, dismal revivals and regurgitated soul-less am-dram offerings.I made it my aim to write and surround myself with like-minded, driven and talented practitioners (actors/directors/technicians) versed in Social realism/human condition material to increase the public’s awareness of contemporary ills and ignored issues.
This produced plays and film material dealing with homelessness, social poverty, ageing and loneliness, cancer and its impact on both the ill and their friends and families, domestic violence, the result of terrorist atrocities on affected individuals, post traumatic stress on former war veterans, the downside effect of technology on behavioural attitudes and personal communication skills, child sex-trafficking and many other areas - in over 40 long and short-form plays and digital films. studioeyescreenstage.com
Social realism is a genre of drama that focuses on topical issues alive in a modern society on such as the aforementioned themes – also dealing with subject matter that encompasses money, drugs, prostitution and sex as well as class, religion and political views. Studio Eye uses relatively unknown but skilled actors as well as those more accomplished and experienced, and this emboldens everyone.
The subject matter of Blind Eye is of enormous importance as it is based on real events and testimony – and it fragments six ‘stories’ all of which are interlinked towards a powerful but realistic denoument.
Story 1: The Confession is set in a police interview room in Holbeck West Yorkshire in 1979 where an intelligent, well-spoken young man is being questioned by a Detective Sergeant on the brutal murder of a black man in what to all intents and purposes is interpreted as a racially-motivated killing.
However, towards the end of the act a shocking revelation is made. This leads directly to:
Story 2: The Deal – another officer, a highly unconventional DS enters the room and adopts an extremely unorthodox method of interviewing the suspect to gain further information. This act ends in the suspect being offered a ‘deal’, again with compelling but hugely uncomfortable undertones.
Story 3: The Accused – In this, the suspect is met with by a reputable well-regarded QC who elaborates on the precise nature of the complaint against him and its potential repercussions.
Story 4: The Victim - 1 – A very disturbing sequence where a woman discloses to two female police officers the detailed personal circumstances of abuse subjected to herself when younger, and to her 8-year old son whilst he was in care following a medical procedure.
Story 5: The Victim – 2 - A 20 year old woman offers a chilling account of how she was enticed and lured by the celebrity trappings of a now-notorious personality towards being drugged and raped by him at his flat in Leeds seven years earlier.
Story 6: The Perpetrator – All of the previous stories are inextricably linked to this longer sequence where an individual is being questioned in London in the company of four police officers, one very senior, who utilises psychological questioning to extricate information from this unsavoury individual – leading to an unexpected and powerful climax.