Our show has gone through many changes before we’ve managed to settle on a fixed idea. Our old idea of the different reasons people came to Coventry has developed into a more general history show about Coventry. We have broken it down into 3 sections, the good parts, the bad parts and the ugly parts. The reason we have done this is because after looking through the history of Coventry we discovered there wasn’t quite enough content to base an entire show on our original idea. Now we will have plenty of information to build a show around that will maintain the audience’s attention throughout.
Coventry has produced some very good actors and musicians of the years (such as sting from the Police) and these have shown the good of the city in many ways. Coventry has also supplied the country with many important industries over the years, these include: the motor industry, the bicycle industry, various textile industries and many more.
Obviously the blitz, but also the civil war as well to make the show more interesting and varied. We also found out that the gang that tried to carry out the gunpowder plot on the 5th of November were all from Coventry! During the civil war soldiers were sent to Coventry as a prison and effectively forgotten, hence the phrase sent to Coventry.
This was the hardest part to find content for as it was hard to distinguish between the bad and the ugly. We found out that the writer Lewis Carroll, or Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was sent to Coventry due to a relationship with the inspiration of the character of Alice, which was deemed to close. During the war a town in Scotland ran out of men to recruit and so came to Coventry to make up the numbers, unfortunately most of these men lost their lives however the Scottish town’s flag with the names of the dead is now on display in the new cathedral.
I am happy with this format for the show as before it didn’t seem to have much direction or structure, whereas this has a clear structure with sections to the show which I think will keep the audience’s attention better as they wait for each portion to come up.