Good gatherings

Good gatherings

It’s always great doing that first school assembly.  So many hours, weeks and months of planning and discussion to get to that point, and then, finally, we can tell the kids. In no time, I tell them, they are going to have their heads in a hole digging up the past and...
Delicious problem

Delicious problem

Casting is a delicious problem.  Back in 2013, after not making theatre for far too long, I remember the rush of joy, excitement, responsibility and anxiety from seeing 30 odd A4 faces of all those who auditioned for Boudicca: the Pantomime spread across the kitchen...
Weather and good will

Weather and good will

The weather has hampered our start somewhat – with the first archive session led by Dr John Alban having to be cancelled not once but twice due to snow. We may have had a frustrated start, but the wheels of the community are still turning. I am a great believer...
Only connect

Only connect

Planning takes up a lot of time: schedules, spaces, venues, partners, auditions, press releases.  It’s all necessary to make theatre happen, but a lot of it means sitting at my desk. I am happy to do it – but I’m at my best when hopping around the...
Telling a great tale

Telling a great tale

I am used to recruiting large amateur casts –but the opportunity that the ACE grant has given me of using professionals – and the luxury of being able to be in a rehearsal room all day for 5 days a week, excites me enormously. Amateurs do it for the love; from Amar:...
Imagined land finale

Imagined land finale

My dad was a wise old bean.  He held that one of the things one should cultivate towards a happy life – is a feeling of gratitude.   I try to do this – in the days when I am staring at a blank screen trying to write -or the heating goes kaput just as the...
Imagined Land – Ready for the big day….

Imagined Land – Ready for the big day….

So the big day is tomorrow. I haven’t blogged in a while -things have been a little frantic! I have just got back from two busy days in the school, with the scouts and the final singing rehearsal with what has become a truly lovely community choir, and am now...
The big day approaches

The big day approaches

So the big day is tomorrow. I haven’t blogged in a while -things have been a little frantic! I have just got back from two busy days in the school, with the scouts and the final singing rehearsal with what has become a truly lovely community choir, and am now...