OK im going to put this out there. i have never slept well, im 21 years old and still have really really bad nightmears however i have an idea. im certain im not the only person to feel this way. not all 21 year olds i mean when you young and bed time, instead of being tranquil and an escape can be a scary thing that is feared. i was chatting with rosie today about this idea i have for a prominade performance based around the themes of my last blog about children/parent (family) intergration and breaking of barriers.
this is at its very first stages but i imagine.......
somehow finding out from our own nightmares and imaginations as well as school children etc what its like in their not so nice dreams (i appreciate you would have to be tactfull but not sure how just yet)
i would then turn these into mini experiences and have outcomes.
bare with me....
i imagine a main character (eg an 8 yr old girl in her pjamas with a teddy) icon of bedtime! it could start with hot chocolate for the crowd (thats what i have before bed) and mass bookshelves with amaing books from our childhood like the hungry catipillar and were going on a bear hunt etc! this gives parents time to read to thier children (something that they may not normaly have time to do or get in from work too late and miss bedtime stories etc)
then there could be a duvet section (or something to symbolise the bed and comfort, i imagine lots of fabrics (like comfort blankets etc) and some sort of ritualistic game and then eveone lies down!
then drem like music (magical so thier dreams appear to come to life with lights and glitter and sounds!!!!!!!!!
then they walk though a path (site specific) and they face thier fears...... a giant wardrobe thought to contain an evil dragon is actually just........... (somthing else and they do an activity at that stand, the idea being the mum/dad works with son/daughter to crack some sort of bed time code that could then be used (whatever it is... like a rhyme/poem) could be read at the childs own bed time to sooth them or even something more grown up!
i like the idea of owning a star with your parents. anything you cant tell them you wish upon a star...... ok im going off on one! but i see this as massive and part scary but leading into a resolution and the conclusion is team work wthin familys. like a magical dream treasure hunt with a prize to hold at the end but to win the gift of togetherness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and they all lived hapily ever after