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Constance Re-creation

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Photo: Graeme Braidwood

What an aching nostalgia it is to be reunited with The Cleansing of Constance Brown. We have memories and photos and videos but to see it coming alive in front of me again is breathtaking, a crushing reminder how inadequate those other forms are. The euphoria of seeing this show reanimating is given extra piquancy by the thought that this may be the last time that we will all be together; for of course the emotion of the show isn’t exclusively about the show, it is also about these people on this shared mission, bound in our joint endeavour, fused by the history of this thing we do when we are together. Continue reading “Constance Re-creation” »

Cleansing Translation

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015


It is time for yet another post about translation and how fascinating I find it – there’s no coincidence that our most recent show is A Translation of Shadows and another drew much of its script from tourist phrasebooks.

We are currently putting the finishing touches to an agreement that will take The Cleansing of Constance Brown to Poland in November. This has led to a new question of translation. Continue reading “Cleansing Translation” »


Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The privilege of being in a van on a long drive with your mates is one of the fantastic fringe benefits of being in a touring theatre company. I love the conversation, the music playing, the sense of adventure, the tense map reading and the landscape scrolling by. Continue reading “Vans” »


Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Stage Right

Stage let

The Cleansing of Constance Brown is looking good in Potsdam.


Saturday, May 28th, 2011


Coming away from home can be inspiration. Here in Potsdam we have encountered some fantasy version of the Stan’s Cafe / @ A E Harris situation.
Soon after the wall comes down a group of dancers pile out of West Berlin into Potsdam, squat a venue and make dance pieces there. They change homes a few times over the years, their residence gradually growing more official. Their dance pieces become successful, tour internationally and win awards. They invite other people to make and present shows in their space. Continue reading “Fabrik” »

Day Of Two Halves

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Today was a day of standard contrasts. In the morning a small team, aided by forklift truck & driver kindly lent by our landlords, loaded a lorry with everything required to stage The Cleansing Of Constance Brown in Potsdam. In the afternoon we took a tram up to The Public to meet the author Allan Ahlberg, who, along with his work, is to be the subject of an exhibition there and the next edition of our Steps Series. He was fresh from visiting his old school and proved to be just as amusing and engaging to talk with as his books are to read. Meanwhile, elsewhere, a team were performing the first act in our new series of performances/interventions Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious, news of which we will share with you shortly.

Dear Departed

Friday, April 15th, 2011


On 5th April we decided the theme of last night’s Tuning Out With Radio Z would be Earth. On 6th April Walter Suett died. Walter was my mother-in-law’s partner and also a major source for Home of the Wriggler. His funeral was set for 14th April, so we had to become ingenious. Liam d’Authreau agreed to step in to do the video job I normally do. Peter Fletcher did the SMS-News Room translation from his house, whilst I listened on-line from my house doing The Producer role with Liam keeping me aware of what was going on ‘off mic’.

I’d stayed up late the previous night up writing Walter’s eulogy – which felt odd having already written about his life through the show. Listening to the show was quite intense, inevitably burial came into play and scenes flashed back from the graveyard just hours before. I thought an edited list of death notices may be useful for Craig & Bernadette on stage so it visited Birmingham Evening Mail’s website for source material and pretty much freaked out on discovering that Constance Brown had died.

The Cleansing of Constance Brown isn’t named after anyone, I made the name up, but because the title character is an ‘everywoman’ figure I feel that the show could easily be named after anyone and everyone who has ever been called Constance Brown. At the very least I feel an extra pang of empathy for anyone with that name.

In the words of Zog Rainbow (who appeared in that night’s performance) everything had started to get “really heavy”.

Show up and Running

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


Four performances down twenty six to go. Getting The Cleansing of Constance Brown back up and running has been relatively smooth and stress free. Given the ten months that have elapsed since the last performance Monday brought surprisingly little confusion. Jake, recast within the show, is bringing a great fresh approach to ‘Andy’s Part’. This is the second time Jack has done ‘Jake’s Part’, but the first time he’s play opposite Jake being Andy – which has been a minor mind warp for both. Amy, who debuted for us doing ‘Heather’s Part’ in Home of the Wriggler is come on massively doing ‘Jan’s Part’ (which Alex did for so long) in this. Continue reading “Show up and Running” »

Current and Forthcoming

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


Half-term, so Eve and I take off on an adventure. Via train, bus and Wolverhampton Art Gallery we make it to Eagle Works Artists Studios and Galleries on Great Brickkiln St. Wolverhampton to see/participate in John O’Hanlon’s Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. We spend a pleasant hour chatting, playing with bits of bamboo and making paperchain people before signing the visitors list and taking our leave. The piece builds 2pm – 6pm each day until a Private View on Saturday when the piece will be ‘finished’, I suppose. If the Private View is less than Private maybe John will post details here as a comment!

On Thursday I intend to get over to Warwick Arts Centre to see/participate in Rimini Protokoll‘s Best Before. I’m not utterly sure how Game For It I am, but the company is one that has been much touted and it’s great that they are coming so close – another admirable programming nettle grasped by WAC – so they deserve us all piling over to see what’s going on.

Time is running out to get over to MAC to see/participate in Jane Packman‘s The Woods, but I’ve not given up hope.

Of course if anyone’s not keen on the ‘/participate’ element of all this you could just come and ‘see’ The Cleansing of Constance Brown (may as well end with a plug there).

Hell, I’ve just realised there’s also a New Macho thing on in Coventry on Saturday which I’m certainly going to miss, but I’d love to be able to get to – 7pm, Unit 4, CV1 5ED.

Constance Auditorium

Monday, February 21st, 2011


The black-out is complete (though not perfect I think it is good enough). The auditorium has been constructed. The set has been re-painted. Birmingham Rep have departed. The Cleansing of Constance Brown draws closer.

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