THE GRYPHON SAID
(A Play on Words)
A brook is said to babble:
Does it, then, speak nonsense?
When, to the open heart and mind,
Does it bespeak of Onesense.
And note the music as it trips:
Of major or minor key?
For one, the tune of separate;
And one of intimacy.
The Gryphon Said is a nonsense play on words and ideas. It’s a ‘one woman-show’ – or would be, was it ever meant for performing. It wasn’t. Firstly, it would be far too long. Secondly, according to Jules, it’d be as potentially challenging to any viewers as Offending the Audience, by Peter Handke. Finally, as well as playing with words and ideas it also plays with a range of experiences and people from her past. As with much of her writing, it is about exploring and developing a relationship within a self and with life.
Actually, if Gryphon was performed, it shouldn’t be offensive. Reading it, it could be seen as extremely insulting, as attacking not only the education system but also some of the values and ideologies of individuals and society. The difference comes from the tone in which it was written – this was in the ‘soft and minor key’ referred to above. So, contrary to how it may appear otherwise there was no attitude. The piece is of ‘wandering wonderment’, not anger and animosity.
It was also never written as was perceived by the only person other than me to read it – unfortunately! “You write like an angel, darling; but it’s very ‘I am the way, the light and the truth...’” Ouch!!! Poor Jules – who doesn’t tend to preach and who is 100% behind each individual finding their own ‘way, light and truths’: in their own ways and in their own time.
Also the piece, as regards perception or misperception, isn’t helped by being very much first person singular and ends with exiting to “She was in truth a goddess.” Much ego and arrogance? These aren’t strong qualities in my wife.
In making The Gryphon Said available through Thoughts Above Clouds, I’d hoped (with very small hope) that, as an ex-actress, she would actually make a recording of it. I did ask!
A selection of passages from both Act 1 and Act 2 are available for viewing now. For those who may like to read the full play, as with her manuscripts, this is now available to download as a pdf file. - To Enquire