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The Quiet House: The easiest & hardest thing I’ve ever written

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It may not sound too dramatic to most people but starting a family is for some the most treacherous of journeys. Full of hope, heartbreak and at times hilarity, there is a silent epidemic of infertility going on in this country, and clinics both private and NHS are packed full of desperate, hopeful and embarrassed people who are doing everything they can to get the family they so desperately need.

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How can theatre keep kids attention… in the garden?

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Over the last few years my work has been pretty evenly divided between making work for children and young people (The Scarecrows’ Wedding, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas) as well as site-specific, interactive experiences (Hotel Plays, Really Emergency Theatre). So this summer, I hope to put those experiences to good use with the outdoor stage adaptation of The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes.

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Empathy: The relationship between theatre and the refugee crisis

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Empathy is an important word in theatre. Compassion and human connection are at the forefront of what makes good theatre work, and my own starting point for any piece of theatre I may work on is ‘what does it make me feel?’ This was definitely the driving factor behind my decision to stage Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo at the Arcola this July.