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The Nasty Tale of Kurigahen

and it is nasty...


Kurigahen is one of my most favourite characters in Quest for Steel and I am someone who loves all the characters in the piece. There are some nasty ones, really nasty ones but that does not make them less engaging. I love writing monologues and to gift this character with the backstory I assigned him was a great joy. Kurigahen as a real life figure has existed all through history and despite how bleak the time or the situation is such a type always seem to carve out a niche for themselves, some thrive for a lifetime, some for only a short amount of time.


I remember writing this while I was on vacation abroad and laughing aloud as I did so. To talk about the character more would be to spoil it but I remember the Kurigahen tale was written in one sitting, pretty much word for word and quite late in the piece. My process of writing is never linear, I tend to have a scope of the story but write my characters when I feel like writing them most of the time it is on my phone or laptop but rarely in a sitting during a designated time. I like to think about the character, the situation and the language and I enjoy it being in piece mail. However, this time it was by the pool in a lovely resort, sipping a sweet beverage.


I have spoken about the great Nick Barker-Pendree in previous posts and he was in my mind from the start - his voice, his skill, his quirks. He is already playing two parts in the piece, a third might be pushing it. We see actors, primarily in comedy roles play several roles but generally not in fantasy. However, If it comes to overusing an actor in a piece compared to introducing a fresh new face who may not posses the chops to fully show respect to the part I would rather go with the former.


With Nick back in the UK he told me he would be delighted to play the part and we set a date for a few months down the track. He worked on the character and I did not need to preview his take on the role because he always seems to know exactly what I want. He did say, however, that he had variants in accent, but he would let the character steer the voice. Irish, Northern and Cockney was what he had in mind and I had faith in his choice. His first rendition was the cockney one and I did not request to see another as this was exactly how I imagined the character to be. My only problem on the day was to make sure I did not laugh out loud whilst recording was in progress. I may or may not have spoiled a few takes.


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