Make No Sense

“No one will ever fucking say, ‘Awesome show, because it made sense.’” – Mick Napier


© Mick Napier

That doesn’t mean we should make nonsense. In narrative shows like ours, we make a contract with the audience early on. We invite them to care about the characters we create, and in return we promise to take them where they need to go, to give them emotionally satisfying resolutions to their journeys. We call this a ‘happy ending’, using the word ‘happy’ to mean ‘timely’ or ‘providential’. We want our stories to have an emotional integrity to them, but that’s not the same as trying to make sense.

Sense is something that is applied retroactively. It cannot be conjured up the moment.


2 Comments on “Make No Sense”

  1. Ian says:

    I’ve heard people say ‘Awesome show, because it made sense.’ after some narrative longform we did where everything fell into places beautifully at the end… 😉

    • Michael says:

      Yes, Mick is over-generalizing! (All statements that begin “No one will ever…” are false!) But I think if you’re on stage trying to work out the plot, you’re doomed. Things often come together beautifully if you’re in the mindset to allow them to do so naturally.

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