We're thinking about VANITY, our public execution piece hoping to open for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. At the top of the page, there is the date, written in pencil, and beneath that, the word 'questions' written with a capital letter and followed by a colon. There is an expectation. Here is what we are asking ourselves.
1. What is it wrong/incorrect/inappropriate to include in our criminal confessions?
1b. Why is it wrong to include these things? Who made it wrong?
1c. Can they be included by a vague suggestion/can the un-include-able events be invoked through means other than direct reference?
2. What are the consequence of the piece?
2b. Where do these consequences take effect?
2c. Who do they affect?
2d. Are we putting ourselves in real personal danger?
3. Is it possible for the audience to forget, even momentarily, about the gun?
3b. Should they be able to forget about the gun?
4. Is the piece funny?
4b. Do the audience think it's okay to laugh?
4c. Is it okay to laugh?
4d. In which places is it not okay?
4e. Is it possible to make the audience laugh when it is utterly un-funny?