She’s Electric: The Passage of Time

Following on from our short series of character back stories from the novel SHE’S ELECTRIC, we bring to you snippets from the ‘present day’ section of the book where the characters you’ll see as young men in our film reunite many years later to relive and reflect on their glory days.

In this excerpt, the present clashes painfully with the past as Danny and McKinley go in search of entertainment…

While the subtle – and not so subtle – changes to familiar old places in the city centre stand as a testament to the passage of time, the Riverside development screams of unbridled progress. A former wasteland of abandoned warehouses and barge houses, the only life which used to inhabit this disintegrating concrete expanse around the football ground were the homeless who dossed in its crumbling buildings and the furtive clients who would avoid the main road by scooting across its cracked tarmac to get to the nearby red-light district around Allerton Square. Now the asphalt desert is a neon strip of gastro-pubs, faux-Western saloons and equally tacky nightclubs dominated by the huge multiplex-slash-entertainment monstrosity which almost dwarfs the nearby stadium. It has become the city’s very own Vegas.

The Riverside’s creation and subsequent promotion as the place-to-be has had a number of effects on the city; none more disturbing than the one which appeared so glaringly obvious to me earlier in the day when taking my nostalgia tour. The Haymarket area, with its clubs, pubs and theatre, used to be the throbbing heart of the city – for what it was worth. Just as the Haymarket had sucked the life out of Beaumont Park, the previous holder of that title, so the Riverside has slowly cut the oxygen off from the Haymarket’s brain in much the same way. By moving the city’s entertainment focus from the centre, the local council may have injected new life into this previously barren landscape but in doing so it has ensured that the urban decay which turned Beaumont Park into a cancerous tumour will eventually spread to terminally infect the Haymarket. Coupled with the policy of building new shopping malls and warehouse outlets on the boundaries, consecutive councils have effectively signed the city centre’s death warrant…

Read more here: The Passage of Time

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