Just before Christmas Talking Birds are dusting off their musical comedy classic Trevor Goose and his dark night of lights. Which uses The Little Match Seller story as an excuse for theatrical fun and games. In this incarnation ‘our very own’ Craig Stephens will be staring, possibly in the goose role (I’m not privy to such industry secrets). The show is on 19th – 21st December in Coventry and after the show on 21st the now almost mildly well know Theatre-ish party kicks off at the same venue. All thoroughly recommended.
Thanks to Richard Battye at River Studio for allowing me to maul his photo.
Last week Eve and I were pleased to attend the official opening of Rogue Play‘s soft and warm new home. They gave us entertaining samples of all the hanging, swinging, jumping that their space encouraged and showed no sign of requiring the en suit physiotherapy/treatment room. Eventually I had to drag Eve away as it was approaching my bedtime. Their space is on Fazeley Street, they run all kinds of classes and rent their space out for rehearsals, so they are creating great OPPORTUNITIES for folk more flexible than I and seem to have a good thing going on, good luck to them. Continue reading “Opportunities” »
Re-imagining this world as another world is one of my favourite pastimes so obviously Streets of Myth is spot for me, it is to be a martial arts series set in an alternative Birmingham. They are looking to raise money for the project and this teaser is very seductive.
The timing of Streets of Myth coming to my inbox was spot on as I’d just been fired up by Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill which I loved, a great start to my resolution to watch a load of Japanese Film Noir.
Today the Anatomy of Melancholy swung into Lancaster University and I looped down to Roehampton University to give one of my lecture/talk routines to a gang of First Year Theatre Students. The brief was loose, ‘tell them about your job, what you do day-to-day’, the course is about starting to prepare them to go into the world of work, introducing them to what that may be like and what may be possible. It always feels ridiculously self-indulgent talking to a captive room of students about Stan’s Cafe, but I was just doing what I’d been asked to do. It was fun. In case you were one of those students and you forgot your pen here is a copy of my notes.
Next Monday the Independent Theatre Council will have their Annual General Meeting. It’s a great organisation, providing lobbying, training and advice on finance, management and legal matters, they negotiate recommended pay rates and provide networking opportunities. Stan’s Cafe have been members since receiving our first ever grant, thanks to the sound advice of guru Mick Yates. This is the first year I am going to the AGM and I urge other members to come along too, to show your support and get your voice heard. Continue reading “ITC AGM” »
On Saturday the show was in Bradford and today I follow up with a session at Leeds University. Their Drama Dept. (sic) has a great base in a converted chapel on the City Centre edge of campus. I spoke about the company, the show, the process that led to the show and how this relates to our wider approach. Then I fielded some questions, these were thoughtful and a useful way of gauging an audience’s reading of the show – all seemed on track. The final 90 mins. disappeared swiftly as the students addressed the challenge of adapting other ‘impossible scripts’. These experiments are always tantalizing as a host of possible shows present themselves and dissolve never to be made.
Tomorrow the University of Roehampton is in my sights.
Exciting news! In a rare development for The Commentators their phones rang today. In an even rarer development it turned out to be their agent. Astonishingly she had received a call from the BBC asking after their availability this Friday. Being a good agent she replied that this would “depend on some factors” and that she “could move a few things around” and basically “yes they are” (they could be called off the golf course and out of the potting shed). Continue reading “Back Where They Belong!” »
We had a very happy time at The REP last week. The Anatomy of Melancholy is 10% slimmer than it was for its Premiere at Warwick Arts Centre in March and feels more direct and manageable (thus moving it further from our source text). We played to houses over 80% full and we got lots of excellent feedback, with most expressing wonder at the performances. My sense is these will only get better as the tour goes on and they grow ever more familiar and even comfortable with the piece. On Saturday we’re in Bradford, before Lancaster, Lincoln and finally London. Different settings, different audiences, more chances for us to learn about the show.
In case you missed it, here is a link to The Guardian’s Preview of the show which came out last week.
Tomorrow night’s performance of The Anatomy of Melancholy is curiously positioned, it’s not an opening night with all its attendant but we have only performed the show four times before and that was seven months ago, since when we’ve hacked the thing about, plus it’s our first gig at The REP in a decade so there still feels enough to be anxious about. Continue reading “Lighting Up” »