Finished a 1st Draft of D of E, a play about alien abduction, lizard illuminati from Alpha Draconis and a Duke of Edinburgh hike gone wrong. With any luck it will be in the National Theatre Connections festival in 2017 and I will get to see the madness on stage.
Rehearsals are up and running for Little Red. A new dance show for Tramway 1 this Christmas (1-23rd December 2015). Working with the same team behind Tiger and Tiger Tale, music by Kim Moore and with design and lighting by Fred Pommerehn it's going to be a jump into the dark as Little Red finds out there's more in the forest than a few flowers.
This Friday and Saturday (23rd, 24th October 2015) Tiger Tale will be at Sadler's Wells. A lovely show for anyone over the age of 7 it has recently toured Japan, China and Egypt.
Lovely to hear that Tiger Tale went down well at the Dublin Dance Festival this week. A great ✪✪✪✪✪ review.
My friend Ja-wé is turning 40 today. He said I needed to think ahead and worry less about the present. So I have decided to invest in property and not go out any more.
Still writing a play and casting for an as yet un-named sitcom that I have written with Ben Lewis.
Casting is strange. If only all actors knew how very random it is. My advice would be not to self-tape on an iPhone. And definitely think twice before involving a bucket of shit, a toy pony and a glue-gun.
I love music. I can't imagine not having it. This world would be dead. That's my update. I wish I were a better blogger and had recipes or something. Or cats. Or I had made a rocket from Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate bottles and fired it at the moon, immediately smoothing out its craters and gullies, making it look 20 years younger. All I've got is a hum and an orthopaedic desk chair.
8 out of 10 say they prefurrrrred it.
The Voice Thief has been nominated for 4 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS): Jenny Hulse for best Female Performance; Best Show for Children and Young People; Karen Tennent for Best Design; and finally Best Technical Presentation. 'Splendid' said the Wolf to the Archdeacon. 'Lovely' said the dancing girl to the yo-yo dancer. 'Eat my hat!' screamed the babies and we all went to town in a little brown boat.
It has taken a while, but finally a page about the promenade show I made with Catherine Wheels last year in the basement of Summerhall in Edinburgh.
“everything a piece of theatre should be: not just funny, tense and alarming, but politically engaged, angry and inspirational.” ★★★★★ The Guardian
Writing a play for the Royal Court and the feeling overtakes me that everything is linked. At night I read War and Peace until it's one o'clock in the morning and the girls and boys from the pub are screaming on the street outside. Read Pitchfork Disney again to see what exactly happens in a play. Looking back at photos from two development weeks I realised that part of researching and exploring stories seems to involve me repeatedly taking my trousers off and running around various rehearsal rooms in my pants. And then War and Peace again and transfixed by Pierre's experience of the battlefield. Like Thomas Hardy it seems so modern. Everything it describes is with us now. I spend a week in Tramway, Glasgow with 3 incredible dancers and Natasha Gilmore looking at Little Red Riding Hood. Once more I take my trousers off. In the dark the wolf appears. He's so fascinating. I think I want to live in the woods. Argue with friends about using the term 'London' to mean a rich, powerful and isolated elite. People here in London say 'Scotland' and mean something equally untrue and vague. Hopefully on Wednesday there will be news about spring. Will I get to spend time in the woods, filming horses, bow and arrows and people in armour? Fingers crossed...
Today it begins! The lines are learned, the story ready, now we begin the mammoth task of lighting and getting the sound in place for The Voice Thief. It's incredible how the design team have transformed the entire basement of Summerhall into MIEVH (The MacKenzie Institute for the Encouragement of Vocal Harmony). There is a Vocal Cocoon, an aural and oral decontamination passage, a laboratory for the capture and treatment of difficult voices and under it all runs a dark, dark secret that threatens to destroy it all.
I've just walked through the facility and heard a few of the hundreds of voices that Doctor MacKenzie has captured, voices from all over the world that are sent to MIEVH for treatment. I was also given 5 minutes access to the Vocal Periscope, which can pick up sounds from across the city, where I heard what sounded like a dog licking a cobble stone on the Royal Mile. The detail is incredible.
With over 2,500 vocal containers/jars, 3 control centres, 45 speakers, 60 metres of dance floor, 312 sound cues, 34 metres of aluminium tubing, 47 feather dusters and more mirror-balls than a Shona Reppe show The Voice Thief is going to be a deliciously scary show you won't want to miss. Tickets are on sale here and the audience is limited to 30 at a time so book now or be disappointed...forever!