I am looking for a creative writer to develop a theme, premise and plot outline based on ideas and a draft framework provided. The story is to be presented as an undertone to a one person live theatre (magic/mind reading) show in which a mind reader presents a series of entertaining demonstrations. At the outset, the audience has no expectation of a storyline, and simply is expecting to be entertained. The audience may not even be fully aware of the plot/message until the ending is revealed.
With this presentation style, the depth of plot will be limited. Although the length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes, the primary show is a mind reading/mentalist act. Therefore, the plot and storyline has very little ‘running time’. Structurally, the story will be told in vignettes scattered throughout the performance as 'filler' between the mind reading demonstrations.
Theme and Premise
The theme should focus on ideas that involve premonitions, fate, prophecies, influence, unexplained phenomenon or philosophical paradoxes.
An example of a suitable theme would be the concept of Fate vs Freewill. Can free will exist, or is the future pre-determined? If you know the future, can you change it? The act of trying to prevent the future leads to a chain of events that actually fullfills the predicted outcome.
The theme must be consistent with the main characters beliefs or explore the struggle (i.e.. the performer absolutely believes in free will, but this conflicts with his ability to seemingly remove other's free will by influencing their decisions).
The ending should be delivered in a way that shocks the audience and makes them say, "I can't believe I didn't see that coming!" This is where every clue scattered throughout the show is brought together by a single event. The climax should be an unexpected twist that pulls everything together in an astonishing way.
For those interested in bidding, I will provide the details of the twist ending that needs to be incorporated into the plot.
1. The story draws the audience in from the very beginning, and makes them care about the outcome. The opening scene fundamentally makes a promise that this story will lead somewhere that's worth the journey.
2. The premise is thought provoking and ideally confirms some truth that deepens our understandings of who we are as human beings. The premise needs to extend beyond the main character to provide thought provoking introspection for the audience themselves.
3. The story unfolds with constructed anticipation.
4. The audience is part of the character journey - at the minimum on an emotional level, but possibly even in a participatory way if possible.
5. The final message is inspiring, uplifting, and thought provoking. As the audience leaves the theatre, they are not discussing how the mind reading was done, but may find themselves challenging their own beliefs or the profound nature of what they experienced.
Please quote on the following:
- provide a well developed theme and premise
- provide a well developed plot summary told in no more than 4 vignettes
- proposed clues, and storyline elements to be ‘scattered’ throughout the mind reading act
If you are a creative thinker, with a passion for storytelling, I'd love to hear from you to work on this exciting and unique project.