Designers are great – everyone should have several in their lives.

[ezcol_1third]   [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] “Whilst I was finishing the rehearsal draft of the script,  Jens Demant Cole started on set construction and progressed the scenic design elements simultaneously. A slightly unusual way of working but we’re not the RSC so we can. We are indebted to Oily Cart for the donation of an old set to weld it from. We’re all winners really as it’s … Continue reading Designers are great – everyone should have several in their lives.

Helmer reads the letter

A Reluctant Ibsenite

My first experience of Ibsen was not a happy one – I’m probably not alone in that… On reaching 18  – too old to stay in the youth theatre but clearly lacking confidence about joining the adult community theatre –  I was invited to watch a dress rehearsal of Hedda Gabler. I had absolutely no introduction to it or them or why I was going … Continue reading A Reluctant Ibsenite

#justmeandmribsen –

[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]There is something very encouraging about collaborating with Mr Ibsen. For one thing – he’s dead and from everything I can gather he would be quite a tricky man to please. I’m not sure how he’d regard these kind of adaptations. On one level, I think he’d be delighted that his work survives so far ahead into a world he know he couldn’t see. … Continue reading #justmeandmribsen –

Dilemmas of modern day life

[ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]You are on an aeroplane – there is a problem and the masks drop down to provide more oxygen. What do you do? Put the mask on the child sitting next to you on your left, the person sitting on your right who is having a problem with theirs, or your own? Which one do you put on first? a) the baby’s b) … Continue reading Dilemmas of modern day life

Through the Looking Glass: a director turns writer

[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

Theatre inside out…

Emerging from Cafe Koha and turning down the lane one recent Saturday evening, I chance on a sight I’ve never witnessed before in the West End: a part of theatre so perfect and unsung which happens all over the country every week. I know it’s going on, it’s just that usually I don’t get to watch. And I’ve never seen the Get Out from the … Continue reading Theatre inside out…

An Enemy of the People or A Do-Gooder?

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?