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I’m back with Odd Shaped Balls…

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But for me the play does that extra thing – it takes a very specific subject, and elevates it to have universal themes and journeys which will touch the minds and hearts of a very wide audience. Almost all of us have felt that we are outsiders at some point. Many of us have experience of balancing our private lives, attractions and passions with our public world of employment and expected roles. Too many people experience levels of bullying and challenge for the person they want to be, rather than the person they are expected to be. I am no rugby player or sportsman. I don’t have locker room experience. But the themes transcend that setting and touched me deeply.

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Plate spinning: What’s the point of the Grady?

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One thing which came through my discussion with the academic Tom Schuller, and various surgeries I was conducting yesterday, was the need for us all to find the best way to be taken seriously for the person we are, in the setting we find ourselves. As I continue to multiple plate-spin my portfolio career, I realise that my friends and contacts are often aware of one part of my work, but not another.

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Get your Dirty Laundry here…

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Two days ago Charli Whatley and Jason Bradbury launched their opportunity for friends, and film lovers to join them to help make the pilot episode of the web film neo-noir series DIRTY LAUNDRY. Described as “stylised, intelligent, full of dark and serious themes but portrayed through beautiful cinematography that will engage a huge digital audience looking for new content..think Twinpeaks, Brick, Bloodsimple and True Detective but enjoyed in 5 minute episodes, rather than stealing a week of your life.”

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Finding inspiration at the National Student Drama Festival

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What do the Addams Family, Toyland murders, verbatim theatre on child pornography, fast turnaround arts journalism, and a three-hour course of creative producing have in common? The answer is Scarborough and the National Student Drama Festival. For the second year I was invited by Mountview to spend a day at the festival, meeting the next generation of theatremakers, and seeing some shows. It is inspiring, and I felt sad leaving so many shows and discussions unseen/unheard, as I return to my producing cohort in Wood Green.

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Your theatre life in Hull, and the odd life of touring

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There can be few cultural places with more of a sense of anticipation than Hull, with 2017 just around the corner. The slogan “we know who we are” is on the station, the banners are flying and I was lucky enough to spend a day with creatives who are determined to make work of the highest standard for the people of Hull, now and into the future. Thank you, Hull Truck, for the invitation.

From crop circles to naturism: My Clothing Optional Theatre research begins

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Those who have followed my blogs for the last 3 years, and those who know me, will realise that I occasionally take new directions which may seem unexpected for my outward form and professional career. Crop circles surprised some people. Naturism surprised others. My life is dedicated to theatre and creativity, but my heart is not necessarily in it […]

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From crop circles to naturism: My Clothing Optional Theatre research begins

In Features, Inspiring people, Opinion by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

Those who have followed my blogs for the last 3 years, and those who know me, will realise that I occasionally take new directions which may seem unexpected for my outward form and professional career. Crop circles surprised some people. Naturism surprised others. My life is dedicated to theatre and creativity, but my heart is not necessarily in it […]

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Life-affirming: Devoted in Birmingham (and gruntled)

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This weekend was the annual gathering of theatremakers and creative practitioners called Devoted and Disgruntled. We are devoted to the arts, but maybe disgruntled about something – and here is a perfect place to share fears and aspirations with fellow travellers. This was the 11th gathering, and if you have never been then mark off a weekend in January 2017 for DandD12. It can be life-changing, and is always life-affirming.

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The creativity business – the student’s journey

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On Monday, Tania Azevedo and I entered the ordinary world of Mountview classrooms to bring a call to action for 30+ 3rd year students to go on a mission for a day, and yesterday we did it again with 30 more. There was a general sense of unease in the room when we talked about business plans, and budgets, and a form which needed to be completed by the end of the day. But in the end they stepped forward into the unknown with us, charged with creating a first draft of a business idea which they could take into the real world.

Greetings from Tokyo

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There’s no word for “no” in Japanese, which is probably why I am sitting by the bus stop at Tokyo airport about to head to Shinjuku to see Studio Life’s new production of Phantom the untold story designed by Matt Kinley. The artistic director asked me, and I had to say “yes”. I’m here for two days, and so I suspect I will be returning with the same British Airways flight crew as I arrived with this morning. They will, hopefully, be rested. I will have seen 2 3hr shows, had a wealth of meetings, a bit of sleep, a sauna I hope, and some delicious sushi.

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How to cultivate a gratitude attitude

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My last blog explored loneliness, or when the glass becomes most definitely half empty. Much of my coaching work is about helping people to top up their glasses, and see the world with gratitude. It is difficult to write that phrase this weekend, when so many have lost their lives and lost loved ones in Beirut and Paris. I pray we will all find ways to help make the world better through love and not hate, peace and not war. And in the meantime we, as creative artists, have a duty to keep making and facilitating art which enriches, enlightens, educates and entertains.

Crowdfunding – graft, grace and gratitude

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I was at a Phundee pitching night for potential crowdfunding projects last night. Each creative was telling us their project and seeking a free place on a development programme to lead them from idea through to campaign over 8 weeks. The ideas chosen tonight will be nurtured and supported by the Chief Exec and his team. When they burst onto the www they will be as ready as possible to attract full funding for their start-ups.