That wasn’t really an ethical question in this case. A Christmas Carol was something that I wrote and staged on my own, so I felt that I had the free hand to do what I wanted with it…and to be fair, it was a fairly faithful in it’s own way. It just hit the same beats, possibly with a different rhythm…such as a Santa Claus dancing the mambo or a sing along to the Ramones. Budget was another concern. I didn’t have one, so hiring period costume was never going to be possible. Ultimately that wasn’t a huge question as it was never really the story that I wanted to tell.
I was commissioned to write The Picture of Dorian Gray by Dublin City Council as part of the One City One Book festival. The brief was pretty much to do the book and keep things as close to Wilde as possible. There were a lot of interpretations of Wilde going on during the festival, so really what they wanted from me was to give them Oscar’s words.
I wasn’t confident enough as a writer at the time to know that was way outside my comfort zone, but after 6 drafts I came up with something that I was happy with. To me it will always be a love story, albeit a very messed up, poisoned one. I lost control of that production, so no one has ever seen that version of the script performed.
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It’s really if it is well done. In any concept there will be purists but Miqque’s thoughts don’t prevent the fact that Sherlock is one of the best reviewed and watched shows on the planet. I loved Clueless and Forbidden Planet.
I think that it really comes down to the material and your own feelings about whether what you do is fitting or not. The last bit of writing I put out in the world was for the last Write off. I ended up writing a sort of Beckettian story of two rather dim Stormtroopers who seem to lurch from catastrophe to catastrophe. I felt that I had license to do that because there have been innumerable alternative takes on Star Wars at this point, from that movie Troops, to the old Dark Horse Star Wars tales series to the Seth McFarlane stuff. I didn’t think that I was going to break anything.