News: New is interesting is like being awake Our Artistic Director, Rebecca Manson Jones, has taken on a new challenge for 2016. As of Wednesday 3rd February, Rebecca is on the London-wide List for the Greater London Assembly representing the Women’s Equality Party.* You can follow her journey on her blog. *other political parties and candidates are available. Read Rebecca’s blog post about the cross overs between political … Continue reading Political Engagement and Audience Development
[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]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 –
[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?
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