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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


The Cardinals are off on a big tour in the New Year. Their first stop off is in New York City in early January. This means putting the set, props and costumes in a shipping container in December. They don’t have much time to rehearse once Stateside and so they are re-rehearsing now and on THURSDAY they are putting on a special limbering up performance for the company’s nearest and dearest (like the good readers of this blog). So if you fancy coming along and seeing the show again or for the first time you are very welcome and you are also welcome to bring anyone else you think may like it. Tickets are just £5. The bar will be open. We have a new heater for @ A E Harris, so it should be fun and almost snug and we’d love to see you. (more…)

Something to See and Hear.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

TOTFG Patrick 3 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.

Nina West is a superstar it’s an outrage that so few people know this to be true. The sonic worlds she has created drive Ocean of Storms (1996) – which we then nicked a 250 second section of for It’s Your Film (1998), Be Proud of Me (2003) and The Cleansing of Constance Brown (2007) (which blew everyone into next week).

Most recently she delivered 255 minutes of inspired menace angst and wonder to power Twilightofthefreakingods to its bloody flame licked conclusion. Now she is working on the soundtrack to the film that has arisen from that show. The film premieres on Saturday and typically of Nina I received a text from her yesterday essentially saying “I’m very excited, I’ve made big revisions to the soundtrack, when I saw it at our recent screening I thought 1/3 of it was a disaster so I’ve relocated much of the music, added new elements and put in some reprises to hopefully make it perfectly balanced”. I’d thought it was amazing as it was, heaven knows how good it will be now.

Nine years ago Nina wrote an essay about her work for this website. It’s probably time we got her to write some more.


Sunday, September 15th, 2013

On Friday I received comforting words from a minister (of the cloth not the crown). They were more than welcome. (more…)

Cardinals Kaizen 2

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


The Cardinals are taking their biblical quasi puppet show to Edinburgh. It opens on Monday and we’re back to honing once more.

Though the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is clearly the greatest arts festival in the known universe, it is also a total pain in the backside. Much of this pain derives from the fact that although it welcomes every form of theatre imaginable, it only welcomes it so long as it isn’t technically complicated, the get-in doesn’t take long, the set isn’t very big, the show doesn’t take long, the get-out doesn’t take long and the cast isn’t big (or doesn’t need paying). With her usual resourcefulness Charlotte has dealt with 90% of these problems by finding The Cardinals a great home a Greyfriars Kirk all the rest of us have had to do is deal with the “show doesn’t take long” element. (more…)

Thank You

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


Thank you to everyone who has come to see The Cardinals this month in London and Birmingham, your support has been very much appreciated. It has been fantastic to welcome so many people to the show and to have had the chance to further tighten the piece up. It now feels in good shape and we are actively looking for opportunities to get the show out and about some more.

Next up: Rice, Vinyl and Melancholy.

Cardinals Kaizen

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

As part of our quest for continuous improvement we are taking the already popular show The Cardinals and trying it without an interval.


Snip Snip

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

I can’t shake the thought that the crusades are at the heart of The Cardinals so it has proved difficult to cut away at their place within the show. It took pro-active devising partners and reflection on past experience to make it happen. (more…)


Monday, January 7th, 2013


Hold on, I recognise those props and chaos, I think The Cardinals may be back in town!

Indeed, the cardinals are back and they are in Lindon town next week followed by Birmingham town at the end of the month.

I’m not sure if this counts as a revival, if it does almost every outing it has is a revival. The premiere was at domaine d’O in Montpellier nearly two years ago. A year ago it did a week at Warwick Arts Centre and a week at The Drum in Plymouth. In the Autumn it did two performances at Greenbelt. The show has been really popular with audiences but difficult to persuade promoters to take on. We are hoping that this week in London – a rare showing in the Capital for Stan’s Cafe will help the show pick up some momentum.

Everyone reading this must be able to help. You will all surely know someone who lives in London, if so please do us a favour and nudge them to see the show. They’ll thank you for it!

Happy Birthday C4

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

It’s shocking to hear that Channel 4 was 30 years old yesterday. Shocking because I remember it starting. Within the conservative circles I was living in it quickly became a byword for marginal arty-farty nonsense, which is a harsh way to characterize Countdown and Brookside, but I came to love it.

Channel 4 introduced me to the films of Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Andre Tarkovsky, Kristov Kyslowski and Serji Parajanov. They all became significant influences in one way or another, most directly and recently Parajanov’s films were an important reference point for the visual style of The Cardinals, which returns to in January to theatres near you (if you live in London or Birmingham). Channel 4 also gave me my first sight of La Fura dels Baus, so Happy Birthday to them.

Festival Cardinals

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If there is a fictional back-story to The Cardinals it is that three cardinals have made a puppet/theatre and are taking it on tour to spread what they believe to be the word of God. Given this fact, it was peculiar to be performing the show at Greenbelt – a Christian Festival, exactly the place you might imagine The Cardinals performing their show. Though they may consider it ‘preaching to the converted’ there is probably sufficient at stake doctrinally for them to consider it a gig worth doing. (more…)

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