The power of the imagination –an artist stands for election

Yesterday my clever friend Ros Philips (from Sphinx Theatre) reminded me that what we are doing with #WE is changing the narrative… that phrase has buzzed around my head all night. It’s the best bit about my day job: changing the narrative; making the familiar strange, so that we can look at it in a different way and decide whether a new perspective is interesting, … Continue reading The power of the imagination –an artist stands for election

It should be as normal as breathing, women centre stage

[ezcol_1third] [/ezcol_1third] “I was really interested in the Doctor, the woman being criticised, trying to make it all work and ultimately losing everything…. as a young woman it really struck a chord” Audience Member post –show discussion Albany. People always say I’m not talking about the women, which I always find strange. Why should I talk about the women any more than I should say there … Continue reading It should be as normal as breathing, women centre stage

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People – A Tale of Two Endings

 Spoiler Alert Look away if you don’t want to see how the two different endings of our adaptation of An Enemy of the People play out.[ezcol_1half]Half Column   Blue Ending The vote goes with Mayor Stockmann and the Doctor is declared an An Enemy of the People.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Yellow Ending The vote goes with Doctor Stockmann. The year is 2050. [/ezcol_1half_end] Continue reading An Enemy of the People – A Tale of Two Endings

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 –

Just Jones & in Oslo – April 2013

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

An Enemy of the People – and the Doctor’s a woman!

[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!