I indulged myself and created a play based on a real life character I was interested in - ‘Charles Manson’.
I had to do some nifty footwork, to try and 'explain' why I did it - given that the subject matter had absolutely nothing to do with South Africa, or the politics that were swirling around everything at the time. At the time, and part of the colonial political correctness meant I was almost required to explain 'why' I chose to write the play.
In the reviews section - if I ever get around to putting them online - you can read the awkward bullshitting I had to do with the Media to justify and explain Manson's 'relevance' to South Africa. *rolls eyes*
The play - with me acting in it - worked well. It was a densely-written piece.
To sell the concept,
I chose a very simple logo. Using an extension of the standard
circular ‘face’ logo, I made a hand-drawn peace sign ( the standard CND logo) - with the center broken by the title. I added little ‘dripping’ bits here and
there, to suggest that the paint wasn’t dry. Or perhaps it might be dripping blood,
depending on the mind of the viewer.
Again, unfortunately, this isn’t a ‘clean’ copy of the poster - the photocopy has black bits on its edges, which interfere with the otherwise clear white page with the central logo. Also, this version has an additional, rather tacky font 'critics comment' added to the lower part. I think 'Ew' with hindsight. But what the heck. At the time, in order to sell it to the crowds at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, it needed that, as well as the mention of the Amstel playwright of the year Award nomination.
The ‘original’ version also had a much smaller ‘ian fraser’ at the top, and no additional wording. Regardless, even this messy version stood out dramatically amidst the sea of posters at the Festival - so the circular concept worked.