[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.
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
[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
[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!