28 Plays Later: Challenge 11 (Gabriella and Richard)

Today’s challenge was to write a play using multi media, I have to admit this idea intrigued me when I read it in the brief last night, it was suggested that the play might even last a year, so I went with that idea and this is what I came up with.

 

Gabriella and Richard.

Samantha Frost

11th February 2017

 

 

 

Characters

Gabriella

Richard

 

 

This is essentially a yearlong interactive play, played out over YouTube, blogging, FB, Twitter, IG, SnapChat, Live streams and Live, real life performances. It is about how two YouTubers meet, fall in love and get married.

The romance will start on a ‘Collab’, video on Gabriella’s channel. Throughout the year audience members will be encouraged to make suggestion for new content on the character’s channels and social media. So, they will have a hand to play in how the story unfolds and have direct access to the characters.

We will follow their journey through weekly main channel videos, that will be made based heavily on audience suggestions. Because the audience do not, at any point pay for any content, money will be made through adverts, product placement/mentions.

Audience members do not pay a ticket price and anyone can watch, anywhere at any time.

It should be made clear across all platforms that this is a scripted, yearlong play and the characters are fictional and played by actors.

There will be one dedicated channel for all the content but the videos will be made as if they are on separate channels.

We will follow their romance mainly through their vlogging channels and social media and a rough breakdown of the timeline is:

Meet

Start dating

2 months in they go on Holiday

3 months in they move in

6 months in they get engaged

1 year they get married (on the anniversary of their first Collab video)

At the end of the year, there will be a giveaway for fifty viewers to go to the wedding, the wedding will also be live streamed.

 

The Characters are Gabriella and Richard.

 

Gabriella Tucci

Lifestyle and advice channel (Gabriella Beauty and Advice) Second Vlogging channel (Gabriella on the go) She also blogs under her name.

Her channel covers:

  • Make-up
  • Skin care
  • Favourites
  • Hauls
  • Life advice
  • Q&A’s

Gabriella is in her late twenties/early thirties. She is genuinely and generally a positive person, she is very real and talks about her life and experiences very openly. She can be a little shy. She loves to laugh and has a very silly sense of humour. She comes from an abusive background and she has become stronger through it. She likes to talk a lot about how to live your best life and how to turn negative life experiences into positive life lessons. She has a lot of empathy. She is very passionate and driven.

 

Richard Manning

Advice channel and blog (RealTalk) Has a second vlogging channel (RealTalk Vlogs)

His channel covers:

  • Lots of Q&A’s
  • Self Help book reviews
  • Lots of ‘how to…’ content -make a great first impression
  • Noto be a toxic person
  • Have healthy relationships
  • Adulting 101 (series)

 

Richard is in his mid to late thirties. He comes from a poor family but a very loving and supportive one. He has had struggles with mental health issues, so his advice come from living through rough times. He is a passionate advocate of equal rights and strongly believes in equality. He was an interrogation specialist in the Army, so knows a lot about people’s behaviours and patterns. He is passionate about helping and empowering people, that is why he started YouTube. To reach a wide and diverse audience.

 

Due to the interactive nature of this project, it will have to be written weekly. The first video (The Collab) will be scripted ahead of time and the following is the script for that.

 

The Collab Q&A Pt1

The set-up is that of a typical YouTube video, it’s basically talking head style. Gabriella and Richard are sat at a bare wood kitchen table. It should be clear very early on that there is a spark between them. The actors should be very conversational and naturalistic in style, laughing and agreeing with each other and of course, they are free to ad-lib around the script. This should feel real.

Gabriella:

Hey everyone and welcome back to my channel, I’m Gabriella and if you are new, welcome and you picked a good first video to watch because today I have a special guest joining me, Richard Manning’s from RealTalk!

Richard:

Hey everybody!

Gabriella:

(to Richard) I can’t tell you how many requests I’ve had for this video

Richard:

Same actually!

Gabriella:

So, guys, we are finally doing it, we have asked for your questions over social media and we have chosen 5? I feel its five

Richard:

(counting)Yeah, 5.

Gabriella:

So, we are going to address those questions today, if you are not already, I highly recommend you pop over to Ricks channel, RealTalk and subscribe, I know I give you guys advice but Rick is an interrogation expert and has a lot of experience behind his advice because of his background. Oh, my God, I just realised, I called you Rick! Is that ok?

Richard:

(Laughing) Of course, Richard, Rick, it’s all good.

Gabriella:

In case you haven’t guessed guys, this is the first time we are meeting! So obviously, we thought we’d film a video for you! God how embarrassing, can you imagine if you hated being called Rick?

Richard:

Hahaha, as long as you don’t call me Dick you’re fine (Richard looks at her and they both burst out laughing!)

Gabriella:

(recovering) So, as I was saying, the, Rick is an interrogation expert so he understands peoples tells and patterns, so he gives a lot of great advice on, well why don’t you tell them?

Richard:

Sure, I have an advice channel, so a lot of Q&A’s, I run an adulating 101 series to cover the basics and also have a ‘How To…’ series where I cover topics like how to not be a toxic person, for example.

Gabriella:

(to Richard) I really enjoy your videos, I think there is a lot of fluffy advice out there, I’m probably guilty of sugar coating things myself sometimes but you just cut through the, well, the bullshit really and give great advice.

Richard:

Thanks. I’ve watched all your videos and I don’t think I’d describe you as fluffy!

Gabriella blushes slightly at the compliment.

Gabriella:

Right enough waffling from us, let’s get to the questions!

Richard:

Awesome.

Gabriella:

Ok, the first questions is, and I have to say I got this A LOT! How do I know if someone is lying to me?

Richard:

Ok. First, I think it’s important to mention your instincts, especially in people we know very well, so family, friends loved ones etc. If your instincts are screaming at you that something isn’t right or that that person is lying to you. Listen to them. This is something I was taught in my training and that instincts are rarely, rarely wrong and often the mistake comes from ignoring the instinct. So, I would say if you believe the person to be lying to you, you are probably right. There are also physical and verbal cues, red flags if you like that can highlight deception, these can obviously change from person to person. General rule of thumb is if someone is recalling a memory they look up to the left, if someone is creating a story, they look up to the right. Also, body language, do they look defensive or closed off? Are they sweating? Can they maintain eye contact? Again, tells vary from person to person and I’m certainly not advocating you run around interrogating people or calling anyone who looks right a liar.

Gabriella:

So, instinct is the best indicator?

Richard:

I think so, and body language too. You can tell a lot about how someone is feeling by listening with your eyes as well as ears.

Gabriella:

Now I’m suddenly hyper aware of how I’m sitting.

Richard:

(Laughing) Don’t be.

Gabriella:

Ok, question two. What is the best way to protect myself?

Richard:

Well, do they mean physically or emotionally?

Gabriella:

Doesn’t say.

Richard:

Ok, let’s talk emotionally first. I think it’s important firstly not to let past experience change you at a fundamental level, don’t let it make you bitter or closed off because that can stop you from making fulfilling meaningful relationships, platonic or romantic that you deserve. Look at Gabriella, she’s a perfect example, she has been through an abusive childhood and an abusive romantic relationship but through help and determination not to let these situations live through her for the rest of her life, she has chosen to be very open and caring person.

Gabriella:

Thank you

Richard:

Its true (they hold eye contact a split second longer than ‘normal’) It’s also important to have your ‘non-negotiables’ your standards/expectations. If these are not being met and you have the right to have them met, it’s time to move on. Look for someone who holds values close to your own, expect reciprocated respect and don’t be afraid to walk away or cut that person out of your life.

Gabriella:

Right, you need to respect yourself enough to walk away if your needs are not being met.

Richard:

Exactly.

Gabriella:

And how about physically?

Richard:

Ok, well if you want to be confident in self-protection, I think take a self-defence class, men and women. It’s great for your confidence, it teaches you more than just how to throw a punch, you learn about situational awareness, how to hold yourself in a way that is less likely to make you a target.

Gabriella:

That’s intriguing!

Richard:

It’s simple really, why do tourists get pickpocketed more in London than people who live there? They are distracted, or seem physically unsure of themselves. Walking with confidence, awareness, open and chin up sends a signal that you are not an easy target, you could be risky to engage, whereas if you look more closed in, unsure etc. it makes you more visible to predatory criminals. I would just like to say here that if you are a victim of a crime, it is never on you, it is not your fault, it is the fault of the person assaulting you and anyone who says otherwise is an asshole. I’m simply saying things I have learnt in my training.

Gabriella:

They actually pick people out based on their body language?

Richard:

Yeah, there was an interview done were violent offenders, who said basically what I just said.

Gabriella:

That’s mildly terrifying

Richard:

Agreed!

Gabriella:

The next question is how do I get a promotion at work?

Richard:

Ok, this is pretty basic and it’s a technique called, ‘mirroring’ It basically boils down to interacting with people in a way the like to be interacted with.

Gabriella:

How can you know that though?

Richard:

Ok, well let’s take emails for example, if someone is very, blunt or acerbic in an email, no greeting, no thank you. It means they value efficiency and have a lot to do, they are probably in a high stress position and don’t have time for niceties.

Gabriella:

Or they are dick! (Gabriella and Richard burst out laughing aging) Oh my god, is dick the theme of this video! (laughter continues, Richard puts his hand on Gabriella’s shoulder, they are both crying with laughter)

Richard:

Oh god! Ok back to my point, you should reply in kind, don’t be rude but be efficient, they will appreciate it. Same applies if you get an email from a chatty Kathy and they ask you about your weekend, they are telling you how they want you to respond, how they like to interact with people. Obviously, you don’t have to divulge your life story, just when you reply ask how they are, they will appreciate it. You can do it in person too, it goes back to listening with your eyes.

Gabriella:

That’s really interesting, I’d never thought of it that way before.

Richard:

It’s a technique that’s exploited by ‘pick up artists’ I hate that term by the way.

Gabriella:

Why?

Richard:

Well first of all, I think it’s incredibly pretentious to call it an art and secondly if you are conning someone into bed under false pretences, in my book that’s rape. Consenting adults having casual sex or one night stands are something completely different but if you are selling someone a lie then they are consenting to what they think you are, not to you. They are con artists and I think it’s so wrong.

Gabriella:

I talk about this lot, about how people don’t always recognise abuse because it isn’t presented to them in the traditional setting.

Richard:

What do you mean the traditional setting?

Gabriella:

Well society is presented with how crimes look. Rape for example is often portrayed as a person braking into your house or you being attacked on the street. But what you just said, I agree that’s rape. If you are having sex with your partner and half way through you want it to stop and tell them, if they continue they are raping you. But we are so programmed to recognise the ‘standard’ of what a crime looks like that we often don’t recognise it in another guise.

Richard:

I completely agree (He looks at her and is full of admiration)

Gabriella:

Ok, last question for this video. How do I handle confrontation?

Richard:

I get this a lot and honestly it completely depends s on the situation. I always say if you are uncomfortable in a situation or the idea of doing something make you feel uncomfortable, get up and leave, you are allowed and you have the right, or don’t go. I don’t care what people say, again it comes down to listening to your instincts. The best way to deal with confrontation in that sense is to avoid it. If its annoyance, for example someone is on your personal space, you can give them a look and maybe put a physical barrier between you but if it’s a person you don’t know, I wouldn’t suggest engaging in verbal confrontation. You don’t know this person, just leave. I was in the army for 11 years, I know how to protect myself and am highly trained in people’s behaviours, I’d leave. It’s not worth it. If it’s a conversation you need to have with a friend or colleague, for example I would say, don’t act on the temporary emotion. Take the time to calm down and figure out what you want to convey to this person, write it down and have evidence to back you up. Speak to them calmly because who responds well to being shouted at? No-one. I would just tell them you want to talk, lay it out calmly and then go from there.

Gabriella:

Thank you so much Rick, you have had some amazing answers and I’ve learnt a lot, I had never even considered my body language in the way you described before, it’s really interesting to me.

Richard:

You are very welcome, it’s been lovely being here.

Gabriella:

I hope you guys enjoyed this and if you would like to have more videos like this, let us now down below.

Richard:

We should do something on my channel.

Gabriella:

I’d love that

Richard:

Cool, it’s a date. (they both smile at each other)

Gabriella:

Thank you as always for watching and if you are not subscribed, go ahead and click that button, if you liked the video please give it a thumbs up and as always I look forward to reading your comments. Bye guys!

Richard:

Bye!

 

 

 


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