After all the interviews were conducted and the materials gathered, Andy and I listened to the chosen narratives. We began to isolate phrases and sections into themes and stories.
Sarah - Can we keep the feel of the telling?
Andy – Yes, sometimes we’ll hear the whole story but sometimes we’ll focus on sections of speech with false starts, repetitions and interruptions, when you can hear the struggle to remember. These can be the basis for the larger pieces - your solo?
Sarah - Yes, ok - but at the same time we need to keep the speaker’s original meaning and intention. There are many perspectives in our stories… which build a shared picture of a family, but we have to be careful about what we reveal
Andy –Yes, but we don’t have to hear the words at all sometimes. We can use the music of the speech to create the themes.
Sarah – Right ok, yes, and scores for solo work, - all the narratives need to hang together and overlap.
Andy – do you mean in the house?
Sarah – Yes, installed into the house, but knitted together in themes and narratives… for example we have the birth stories text….
Andy – Yes, it’d be good to hear those but maybe they’re playing all at the same time and you have to move closer to each one physically to focus in on that particular story. And you’re right, we need to position the pieces throughout the house so that those close together can exist together when you’re standing in between them.