[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
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?
“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!