The Trolls Trilogy
It all started two years ago, when I decided to write a piece of storytelling over the course of a year. I would vlog and blog about it, premiere it towards the end of the year and then do a run over Christmas. And then I promptly killed that idea off by booking it into performance in July. This was The Natural History of Trolls (NHT) - which appeared at the New Wimbledon Studio July 2011 and then in Suffolk and London again in late November the same year. For full info on the 'journey' of the production of this show go to this blog post and work your way up forward in time, or watch the vlogs - the first one is here.
I've been coming back to this story every so often, as there seemed to be more directions to take it. Slowly, two other stories came to me, mixed in with all the random material that didn't get used the first time. So, in line with the original plan for NHT I thought it appropriate to write the next two stories over the course of a year, ending with a masterwork epic showdown in December. Only this time the story will be 'broadcast' online in weekly installments - so you get to follow it as it goes along.
Part One: The Natural History of Trolls - revisited
Because a trilogy tends to work best in three parts and not everyone who might listen to the weekly show will have seen the first part, I'm going back to NHT and recording it for free online release this December. That way everyone gets a chance to listen to the story from beginning to end. However, this recording will only be in four episodes, not strung out over months, so a more involved listen.
I have made changes to NHT over the course of its life and the audio version will have a number of minor revisions. I'm going to change a couple of names and slightly alter the way the second half works - but it will still be in essence the story of Bernard, Vicki and a mass chorus of orange penguins.
The Natural History of Trolls - the first part of The Trolls Trilogy - will be released online daily from the 28th to 31st December 2013 on my audioboo board, latest by 12pm each day.
Part Two: Lost Tribe of the Trolls
The first part was all about a rather buttoned up tribe of trolls, trolls with a Victorian view on life, who were trapped underground for much of the 20th Century. This story (LTT) is all about the trolls that got away, about The Noble Guild of Trolls (Luton Branch) who adapted to the modern world and (to some degree) lost their souls. In it a person called Robert (who's remarkably like me) is guided by a character currently known as the Recording Angel, who collects memories, specifically of war.
It's a story about how the old world changed into the present, about how we remember the past and how much that we think is new is just repackaged.
Part Three: The Paper Moon Trolls
I won't abbreviate the title of this show as (even with the late addition of a The) the acronym is most unfortunate - but it's such an apt title I won't change it. This is the final chapter in the lives of the trolls, creatures who change at the will of others, who are effected physically by ideas. The guide character in this story is Peter Git - a bio-engineer and theorist - who is trying to find a way of splicing troll and human DNA. It's a story about ideas, about changing the world by changing the way you see it, and about what the dark side of the moon actually looks like. It is also, as eagle eyed observers will have gathered, partly a homage to Peer Gynt.
So that's the outline of Project One - appearing on a laptop near you. This project is the opening and close of Project 10/52 in that the final live performance of the trilogy will mark the end of the season. It'll be a big performance and a closing party, hopefully with food and drink and laughter and thought. I have a feeling I might be quite tired by the end of it all.