For the first time in 30 years, I am a resident of the Edinburgh area, hopping on the bus or train to travel the 30 minutes from my home to visit the other-worldliness which is Edinburgh in August. And then going home again with glorious first-day memories.
It’s rare for my wife Kath and I to work together to put on a show. We did a rather special site responsive project in central London some years ago which had a cast of around 40, two spaces, the usual designers and stage managers, and played to around 250 people before the key cast moved the project to Australia for a smaller site-specific presentation.
As 2017 is analysed and filed away, Kath and I are busily sorting out 40+ years of archives, lofts, photos and our individual and shared lives as we reduce (a bit) what we plan to move to our new home in Edinburgh.
Hope and Despair flowed this week, and we have reminders of other global game-changers with the anniversary of Kristallnacht (despair), the Fall of the Berlin Wall (hope), Armistice Day (hope after despair), and even a reflection on our trans-atlantic differences with a new president appointed on 9/11.
It’s gone ubiquitously mainstream. And don’t anyone say it’s “the War Horse effect”. The passion for puppetry across the industry has been growing rapidly for at least twenty years. It is now almost everywhere. And, given what an interesting theatrical phenomenon it is, I think that’s a really welcome development.
Today is my final day at the Festival this year and I have had the chance to see the sell-out Greater Belfast at the Traverse – a poetic storytelling music gig which reminded me of Stu and his work at the Public Theatre, and a little of the sound speech patterns of the Adam Cook’s London Road.
The two highlights of my week both involved architectural gems. One 4,000 years since construction and the other building just 11 years old – a few miles apart, an hour from Glasgow by air, on the Isle of Lewis.
I feel a gentle sense of ending a chapter this weekend as I prepare to move to turn a page with the start of the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview.
For 5 years Kath Burlinson and I have been working with business managers to help them prepare for some of the stressful moments in life. Picture the moment you are invited into a room and required to talk effectively about an important topic to a group of people who can make your future happen…or make […]