On Monday 21 and Wednesday 23 February students had archive sessions using the Patrick Gale and Nick Darke collections at Tremough.
Kym and Niamh introduced the sessions, asking the students to complete ‘personal meaning maps’ to find out what archives meant to them. Sarah then introduced the archives, showing students a scrap of paper from Nick Darke’s archive, with the words “Found a pair of false teeth on this beach… Did E?… Yeah. Didn’t fit.” Everyone was surprised to discover that fragments like this would be kept. Students used the fragment to generate ideas.
To understand more about the process of screenwriting, students then worked with facsimiles of letters, treatments, and play scripts. Using clues such as dates, changes in scripts, and other contextual information, students tried to organise the documents in the order of the writing process. This was more difficult than it initially seemed.