Kevin Spacey’s stage poser gets
some tweetwise responses
The Arts Diary
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Kevin Spacey found an inspired use for Twitter. Last
weekend, he asked his followers: “What book or movie do you guys
think should be made into a stage production?”
An endless ream of suggestions followed. Few would fail to see how this might be a very handy question to ask, given his role as artistic director of the Old Vic. In response, he got some pointless flattery (“whatever you make will be brilliant”), some distinctly leftfield answers – “ Kevin Spacey the Musical” – but also some innovative thoughts: Working Girl, Lowry’s Under the Volcano, Sally Potter’s Yes, Withnail & I, The Surrogate (a book about a disabled man and a sex surrogate which was recently adapted to film as The Sessions).
With 118 retweets and 85 favourites, it’s a fantastically cheap way of having crowdsourcing, or having a creative brainstorming session with your fans. Let’s wait and see if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes it onto the boards.
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