[ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] At the end of 2010, when I decided that 2011 should be a year of Alarums and Excursions exploring Optimism, I set myself a challenge to experience 80 new forms of cultural endeavour. This might consist of visiting new venues, cultural institutions/establishments, experiencing the work of new companies and artists and/or seminal productions I had never seen. This all came under the … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass: a director turns writer
What’s in A Name? Here at JJ& we’ve been struggling with the title of the piece. Having moved away from Ibsen’s original characters (just a little), I wondered whether this play should be known by my nickname for the lead character, Dr Do- Good hence A Do-Gooder. Understandably quite a lot of people want us to maintain the association with the Ibsen original, so we … Continue reading An Enemy of the People or A Do-Gooder?
Artistic Director, Rebecca Manson Jones and Associate Director Bryn Holding will be leading a 5-day laboratory working on the audience-responsive elements of our production with Norwegian Actors at the Oslo Actors Centre/Skuespillersenter in April 2013. http://www.skuespillersenter.no/kursinfo/?event_id=191 Places are limited and the Skuespillersenter, in the spirit of international collaboration, has generously agreed to subsidise a few places for UK-based actors to attend. Norway is cheap and … Continue reading Just Jones & in Oslo – April 2013
On the long road to creating A Do-Gooder I’ve been asking people what stops them from acting on climate change and doing all the right things we know about which could help alleviate the situation. Everyone was really generous in offering their views. http://www.devotedanddisgruntled.com/events/devoted-and-disgruntled-8/reports/the-intention-action-gap-with-biscuits/ Continue reading I went to D&D8 and I took biscuits
“This is a huge vindication of a risky and exciting idea and an unequalled boost of confidence in everything that Just Jones & is attempting in our work. Not only have the Norwegians embraced the gender-swapping of the central role, they are excited by us reinventing a whole new alternative ending, the involvement of local residents in the show and its interactivity. Continue reading Just Jones & awarded international scholarship – so excited!
[ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] It all happened by accident, as these things tend to do, in a chance conversation with an actor, a woman approaching her 50th Birthday. We were talking about who gets listened to and why. How forthright and confident women are received still by our peers. It was one of those “I know” moments which turned into a project and prompted me to revisit … Continue reading An Enemy of the People – and the Doctor’s a woman!