A day's reworking at ARC, Stockton, before opening there tomorrow night.
I am TOTALLY DELIGHTED to announce that my new producers are ARC, under the helm of the phenomenal Annabel Turpin.
New blog post here, talking about the genesis of titles.
Two weeks in lovely Berwick-on-Tweed now, to finish and open this first version of Ash.
At ARC, Stockton, straight into the make for Ash, my next show. I'm really excited about this. Two great weeks throwing ideas around in Newcastle before Edinburgh promised something super.
So, that's the end of that. All but fifteen tickets sold throughout the whole month, and nine of those were on the first day. I've had some lovely houses. Thanks for coming.
Today's show is being live-streamed at thespacearts.org. So you can come along from the comfort of your own home. And this evening I'm on at Beacons Festival in Skipton, West Yorkshire. I hope it isn't too muddy.
Tonight I'm doing Show Me How at Art/HOUSE, the Forest Fringe Paper Stages launch. Come to the Hunt and Darton Cafe around half five and you'll be driven to a secret location.
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING IN EDINBURGH 3-25 AUGUST
I am in Edinburgh! Teched and ready to go. And tickets are SELLING FAST. This isn't just marketing talk, I'm 35% sold already. This is more than I've managed by the end of some Festivals.
Two shows this week: The Price of Everything in Berwick and Newcastle.
One hell of a week in store. I'm in residence at ARC in Stockton, doing a week's preliminary work on Ash. Except I'm mostly not doing that. I'm mostly doing FOUR SHOWS IN A WEEK. Show Me How tomorrow, The Price of Everything and a new panel discussion-based piece on Wednesday and The Six o' Clock News on Friday. *mops brow*
I am SUPER-EXCITED to announce my Edinburgh venue for The Price of Everything: Northern Stage at St Stephen's. It's a phenomenal programme and I'm stupidly proud to be keeping company with it.
I'm completely delighted to announce that Arts Council England have accepted my application for funding for my forthcoming abundance of work. That means this and this, but also, most significantly, this. And one or two other little things, too.
Lots of activity coming up. This Friday my students are doing The Caucasian Chalk Circle, under my increasingly eccentric sort-of direction. And this Sunday you can see my new Story Hunt at GIFT in Gateshead.
All my upcoming show dates in one place, for lazy people (me).
North East theatre-makers! You have until the end of this week to get in your applications to be part of The Six o' Clock News.
The Price of Everything in Leicester!
Also, you can now like me on Facebook (if you like that sort of thing.
I'm one of the "exciting artists of the past, present or future" (you get to decide which) who have joined forces to work on If The Walls Could Dance for Luxi at Darlington Arts Centre. (Link takes you to Facebook page.) If you're in the north east, do get along.
#tag2012 is LIVE!
Two days at the Arts Centre in Darlington, working on If These Walls Could Dance, a project celebrating the history of that sadly day-numbered building.
I'm at Contact Theatre, Manchester tonight, with The Price of Everything.
And now two much-needed days of conversation and sustenance at D and D 7.
I'm at the Tipping Point conference in Newcastle for the next two days, including a performance of The Price of Everything tonight at Northern Stage.
A new page on this site heralds the birth of Ash, my next show. Check it out.
Two shows of The Price of Everything this week. Tomorrow I'm at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield for a Creative Summit. And on Thursday I'm at the Tipping Point arts and the environment conference in Newcastle.
I'm in Manchester today for the annual State of the Arts conference. If you want to follow proceedings, I'll be one of a team of people live-blogging the proceedings here. I'll be in room two: Artists and the Imagination. You can also follow the fun on Twitter, hashtag #sota12.
A meeting today about a very exciting project that's so top-secret even this is giving away too much. I do hope it happens. And then to Manchester.
Gave a lecture this morning on Hamlet and Doctor Faustus and their conversations with society through production history. When I get chance I'll edit it and put it up on the blog.
The groundwork for my next show, Ash is starting to be laid. It may have a new title before it has a web page for me to link to (in about two weeks).
I'll be part of a wonderful team live-blogging the State of the Arts conference on 14th February, here.
The Price of Everything is now on sale at Contact Theatre, Manchester, for my show on 28th February. Meanwhile, I've just confirmed a show on 8th June at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield.
It's the sixth of January, and I can already confirm that I'll be going to Edinburgh this August with The Price of Everything. More venue details next month when they're not a secret.
My residency at ARC Stockton, with The Price of Everything, is going to include some very exciting supporting events. I'll be working on my new show Ash during the week. There'll also be an evening of specially commissioned topical performance, hot off the press. More in the new year.
I'm delighted to announce that my next show, Ash, will be premiering next September in co-production with Arc Stockton, Theatre Royal Newcastle and Maltings Berwick. The show's so new there isn't even a web page for it yet: watch this space.
A very productive day in Sheffield with the fantastic Alex Kelly.
Just confirmed that I'll be doing The Price of Everything on the opening night of Performance Studies International. (This year's conference rather conveniently has the theme of value.) Daunted by an audience of 400 slightly drunk academics? Me? Never.
The budget for the theatre at the University of Bedfordshire, where I teach part-time, has just been confirmed by the VC for the next three years. As I'm programming a lot of the theatre there, I'm as pleased as punch. Touring next year? Get in touch.
A rare bit of personal news now: I'm off long weekend away in Lyme Regis, the first time in 18 months I've had more than three consecutive days off. It's to commemorate the fact that Sarah and I have now been an item for ten years.
The Price of Everything has been confirmed for the Arc in Stockton next summer, pretty much my home town theatre and one I performed in many times as a teenager. So I'm delighted that alongside the show, I'll also be curating a mini-season of thematically-related work.
The Price of Everything at Hatch:Fresh in Leicester!
I don't normally consider a trip to the theatre to be news, but 24 hours at 66 Books certainly is. Tired now.
The Price of Everything at the Dukes in Lancaster!
There's an open dress of The Price of Everything at Oval House Theatre, London, this Wednesday (24th) at 3pm. Let me know if you want to come.
Rehearsals for The Price of Everything are underway!
You can see footage from a 20-minute work-in-progress showing of The Price of Everything here on YouTube.
After a great week at a workshop on adapting novels for the stage with Matthew Dunster, today a lovely and inspiring day discussing the future of The Fence, the pan-European network of theatremakers of which I'm part. It's a great day that ends with everyone reciting poetry in their respective languages, and you lose count of the languages.
The Price of Everything will be on at Northern Stage, Newcastle on 21st September and is now available for booking at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster on 13th October. Check here for more dates.
An extraordinary day today at TEDx York, including a performance of the nearly-finished 20-minute version of the The Price of Everything. Some really overwhelming responses - the footage will be available here in a couple of weeks, when it's all been edited together.
Gearing up for a performance of The Price of Everything at TEDx York tomorrow. If you are anywhere in the world but there, you can catch me on the live stream. I'm shortly before four, and the thing as a whole kicks off at 11.30.
New blog post: Dear Opera North.
That's what happens when I sit down for a day of catching up with desk-work.
Rather sad to be leaving Northern Stage today, after a terrifically valuable week working on Shakespeare's Clown. Lots of design, story and music problems either solved or on the right road. We've got a bid on a lute on eBay.
Showing of some of our work on Shakespeare's Clown at Northern Stage this afternoon. This week really hasn't been about generating material towards a showing, so it could be pretty exciting. Not least since 1/3 of our cast is currently in A&E.
UPDATE 11am. Jack is out of A&E. The showing is GO.
There's a showing of The Price of Everything as part of Stronger Together at Northern Stage today. 1545, Stage Three.
In Newcastle playing with paper and cardboard boxes to make Shakespeare's Clown. Wonderful.
Into the final stages of planning for next week's R+D on Shakespeare's Clown at Northern Stage in Newcastle. I'm going to be blogging the process more-or-less daily.
That Price of Everything gig at the Dukes has moved: it's now October 13th. I do like to keep you on your toes.
Three evenings of rehearsals at RADA for a reading of Pulp by Eve Leigh. It's on Thursday at 7.30. It's very good. Let me know if you'd like to come.
I'm totally delighted to announce that my Arts Council application to fund The Price of Everything was successful. Sadly for you, this greatly increases the likelihood of its being seen at a venue near you.
Also in Price of Everything news, my gig at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster has been confirmed for October 25th.
A week choc-ful of terrific design meetings. Two - count them! One of each of my upcoming projects.
A lovely showing of The Price of Everything this afternoon at Can't Do This Alone, a rolling festival and development programme of solo performance.In other news, I'm moving house. Again. Hence the relative radio silence.
In York for three days' R+D on the long-anticipated Pilot Theatre online drama project. I don't want to over-promise, but it's going to be enormously exciting. (I've hinted at this project before.)
Among many very interesting meetings this week, one of the most exciting was today's with Patrick Hussey, to talk about a potential podcast project. It's a long way from fruition, but keep your ears peeled.
My adaptation of The Suicide opens today at the University of Northampton. It's a hell of a lot of fun: drop me a line if you fancy coming along.
Looks like I'll be bringing The Price of Everything to the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, in October. I'll be able to confirm dates in the next week or two.
If you can't wait that long to see something of mine, my adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide is on at Northampton University this Wed-Sat. Drop me a line if you're interested in booking.
A wonderful weekend at Northern Stage in Newcastle pitching for an award called Title Pending with Shakespeare's Clown. It was particularly fantastic to get back in a rehearsal room with Dan and Jack (Paul's just become a dad) and make some great progress. It'll be a few days before we know the results, but having got down to the last eight from eighty applicants we're already feeling a strong sense of endorsement. And it really is a privilege to be on the shortlist with such an extraordinary range of artists.
Dani Parr at Royal & Derngate is rapidly becoming one of my favourite people in the world. Not just for her general wonderfulness, though obviously that's true too. And not just because I'll be doing The Price of Everything there for a few nights in the autumn, though that's true too. There's more to come.
For Royal wedding day, I asked a group of writers to create Republican honours certificates. Here are the results.
New pages for Shakespeare's Clown and The Price of Everything. You can also find Strange Bedfellows on Facebook and Will Kempe on Twitter.
I'm creating Republican honours certificates for Republic's Not the Royal Wedding street party. Writers wanted!
An amazing, exhausting, inspiring week in the North East and Yorkshire. Yet more bookings for The Price of Everything, big progress on Shakespeare's Clown and plenty more movement on plenty more projects. It could be a busy year ahead. More details here soon.
Heading north for the week, for a series of meetings in a bewildering range of towns, about a bewildering range of projects. Particularly Shakespeare's Clown and The Price of Everything. (New pages coming soon...)
I'm pleased to announce that Strange Bedfellows are on the shortlist for the Title Pending award at Northern Stage, with Shakespeare's Clown. Selection weekend in early May!
I'm glad to say that the Evening with Peter Tatchell I was involved in organising was a complete sell-out. Hooray!
New blog post: That is Bear Shit, Man.
New blog post: We Are The Moderates.
I'm doing another work-in-progress performance of The Price of Everything as part of a UK Uncut action on Oxford Street today. 2pm, BHS. Also on the bill: Sam and Tim West. No pressure.
Best of luck and joy to all marchers.
Theatre Uncut TONIGHT, 7.30pm, Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Four of the plays are directed by me, and you also get to see a work-in-progress performance of my performance lecture The Price of Everything.
What a week in prospect. Daytimes rehearsing students at the University of Northampton in Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide. Evenings rehearsing short plays and my own The Price of Everything for Theatre Uncut. 7.30pm Saturday, Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
Spending lots of time meeting designers about Shakespeare's Clown and other projects. There are a lot of very talented people in the world.
It's official! Shakespeare's Clown will tour the UK, nay, the world from April 2012. Watch this space. And if you want to book it for your studio, arts centre, amphitheatre or living room, get in touch. (See work-in-progress for more information.)
A very enjoyable little writing job has come up today. I can't tell you what it is yet, so I probably shouldn't have mentioned it.
Two bookings today for The Price of Everything. It seems to have hit a nerve. I haven't even finished it yet.
On March 19th I will be curating a Theatre Uncut event at Royal & Derngate, Northampton. It'll also be the next opportunity to see a scratch of The Price of Everything (see work-in-progress) AND we're making plans for an exciting panel discussion afterwards. 7.30pm. Come!
An absolutely marvellous meeting with the new creative team at the Albany. That's going to be some venue once they've got going.
It turns out there's a surprising appetite among theatregoers for performance lectures about the attribution of value. The warmth of the response went way beyond the merely polite. I'd better finish it now.
To Leeds, where tomorrow I'll be directing a staged reading of Lizi Patch's play Game. It started as a five-minute short in my script night at the Carriageworks back in March, so I'm excited to get my teeth into it again. It's at 5.30pm at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Let me know if you want to come.
And as if that weren't enough, I'll also be performing 5-10 minutes of my performance lecture The Price of Everything (see work-in-progress). It isn't every day you get to see me perform. Come!
Pilot Theatre's Romeo and Juliet at the Unicorn. I can't wait to get started on #tag, the online project with Pilot that starts R&D in May.
What an absolutely lovely day, meeting Tony Graham from the Unicorn, Kate McGrath from Fuel and Natalie Ibu from HighTide, then on to the press night of Vernon God Little at the Young Vic. I could get used to this living in London lark.
Double Falsehood at the Union. It's not by Shakespeare, but it's a very fine pastiche at times.
Met the Open Stage team at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Fascinating project. Watch with interest. Then to Filter's Water at the Tricycle.
Met Martin Sutherland at Northampton's Royal & Derngate. It's looking good for me to curate a Theatre Uncut evening there on March 19th.
I'm now rewriting last week's blog for the Guardian's theatre blog. It needs to be 400 words shorter. This evening also saw a fantastic meeting with Neil McPherson at the extraordinary Finborough Theatre. Some very exciting possibilities were discussed and I'm itching to tell you about them if they come about.
Spent the weekend Devoted and Disgruntled. What an enormous pleasure to have such space to seriously interrogate what I'm up to as a theatre-maker. Big thanks to everyone involved.
Off to Jackson's Way at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
A fantastic debate has kicked off around my latest blog post. Check it out and join in!
I am now web editor for Southwark Green Party. I don't think this site had any influence on that decision.
Spending today at a director-designer role reversal at the Young Vic. Wish me luck. Following that, a meeting with the excellent Dr Dave O'Brien of Leeds Met University, to knock around some ideas on The Price of Everything.
Teaching for the rest of the academic year at the University of Northampton. My modules are Improvisation and Perspectives on World Theatre. It's three half-day sessions, so buys plenty of writing time. Hopefully we'll see a productive couple of months ahead.
Fantastic meeting with Marcus Romer and Dan Rebellato about a very exciting project for Pilot Theatre. It'll be a long time coming, but this will be a space worth watching.
I have moved to London! Drop me a line if you're in the area. Apparently there are a lot of you.
Off to Amsterdam for a few days, to see in-laws and watch some crazy Dutch theatre.
A short monologue of mine is being performed at tonight's Script Night at the Carriageworks. It's an experiment. Come along and tell me if it works.
Excellent meeting this morning with the human dynamo himself, Mr Marcus Romer of Pilot Theatre, about all sorts of exciting future plans. Can I tell you about them? Not yet. Hold your breath.
Four days work done, and The Buzz is back out on the road for three weeks. Once again an enormous pleasure.
Error in Connection in Northampton is now done and polished away in the cabinet. The next two weeks feature: student tutorials, school Shakespeare and the re-directing of my production of The Buzz for Box Clever. Oh, and moving house. Look out London.
And back to Glasgow to rework Brighter Than Sunshine for Imaginate's Autumn Exchange showcase. It's on tomorrow lunchtime. Meanwhile, my Northampton show, now entitled Error in Connection, is on this Saturday: 7.30pm, Isham Dark, University of Northampton.
Two days away from Northampton to direct a rehearsed reading of the next Silver Tongue show, Brighter Than Sunshine. If you happen to find yourself in Kilmarnock tomorrow evening (Tuesday) at 8.30, come along to the Palace Theatre and say hello.
I have a new blog post up over at the Guardian website.
First day of rehearsals on Address (working title!) in Northampton.
To Beverley to run a playwriting workshop, opening the Beverley Literature Festival.
Two days of auditions for my next show at the University of Northampton. We start devising on Monday, so as yet I can tell you almost nothing about it. It's something to do with different ways of talking to the audience. It's probably about truth, which is bothering me an awful lot lately. More when I have it.
A rehearsed reading I've directed is on tonight at RADA. The play is called Pulp and it's by the excellent Eve Leigh.
To Glasgow to work with Olly Emanuel on the next Silver Tongue show, Brighter Than Sunshine.
Writing, writing, writing. Words, words, words.
In London for a week: reading, writing, meetings, watching theatre. It's almost like a holiday. Almost.
Devising short piece with some teenagers at Newcastle's supreme Live Theatre. It might be a fake verbatim piece about how young people dealt with some sort of major natural disaster. It might yet not. But it will definitely be on a week today, Wednesday 11 August, 4.30pm and 7.30pm, along with two other new pieces.
I've waded into the arts funding debate at the Guardian website. Share and enjoy.
In the midst of a few writing weeks before heading to Live Theatre in Newcastle to devise a new show. I'm trying to write outlines for all the things I want to write over the next year. Slow work.
A good couple of days: adding to the below, Northampton have just asked me to come back in the autumn to devise a show with their new third year. Come along on October 29th, or thereabouts.
Another great meeting today. The result of this one is it looks like my adaptation of Pinnocchio is going to a very exciting home. The catch? The theatre can't commit to a commission until after the Comprehensive Spending Review in October. For the first time this recession, my living is clearly and unequivocally in the hands of George Osborne (who I once saw have to borrow money from an aide to complete his purchase in a Berlin museum bookshop. This man is our Chancellor). Come through for me, George!
A lovely meeting today, the result of which may be a home for my long-cherished take on The Three Musketeers. I'll be writing an outline over the next couple of weeks. Forgive me, but I'll tell you where it's going if and when it gets there...
The wonderful Live Theatre in Newcastle have asked me to come back for the second year running, to devise a new show with their youth theatre. If you're in the area on August 11th, come along at 4pm or 7.30pm. Or both. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry. And by then, it'll have a title.June
Taming of the Shrew at DSL is now underway. A cracking cast and a few weeks in London to catch up on shows and people.
Road is over. After an exhilirating ride, the show was performed at Northampton's Royal Theatre on Monday night. The students did a magnificent job and I'm touched and delighted to have been asked back to do some devising in the autumn. For now, though, a day off before starting work on Taming of the Shrew at DSL tomorrow. Also planned for tomorrow: turning 30.
New blog post! I have to say, it's years since I've written prose and I'm a little shocked at how match fit I'm not. For a man with a PhD, a history of blogging and some (very old) awards for journalism, it really ought to have started easier and finished smoother. But please do read and let me have your thoughts. Hopefully there'll be more.
Week three of rehearsals for Road with final-year Acting students at the University of Northampton. The show will be on in the Theatre Royal on Monday 31stand it's a fascinating experiment. Two groups of students are performing the same script on the same set, with different directors. Tuesday night's entertainment is directed by Tim Stark, one of those excellent directors whose work I admire hugely despite every decision being opposite to the one I would have made. Enjoying rehearsals enormously.
A week of being here there and everywhere. Monday: Stratford for meetings and Michael Boyd's really strong Antony and Cleopatra, starring the wonderful Kathryn Hunter. Tuesday: a day of auditions for my production of Road in Northampton, which starts rehearsals next week. Wednesday: a conference paper at Royal Holloway, University of London. Yesterday: a Shakespeare's Clown planning meeting. And today, I'm off to Northern Stage's Northern Stages conference. Phew.
Doing my play-in-a-week writing at the offices of the very hospitable Red Ladder. Outline finished. Spent this morning on various Shakespeare's Clown tasks (website coming soon!), so scene one begins this afternoon...
I've accidentally committed myself to writing a play in a week next week. After all, it's not like I've got anything else to do.
This rashness is inspired by Shelley's ability to spend weeks reading lots and writing nothing, then to rattle out a masterpiece in a few days. (I'm enjoying Richard Holmes' biog at the moment.) Coward, Osborne and Ayckbourn are among the playwrights who produced their best work under similar conditions. I've been dithering around a play called Trust since I was in Berlin in December: I shall begin it on Monday morning. Anyone who wants to read the first draft on Saturday, let me know and I'll send you a copy.
In a fortnight I start rehearsals on Jim Cartwright'sRoad, with final year BA Acting students at Northampton University. The show will be on at the Theatre Royal in the last week of May. More details soon.
I've been working for the last week in a pupil referral unit for Primrose High and City of Leeds High. Trying to find ways of helping kids excluded from mainstream school to pass their GCSEs. I've taught in universities and made theatre that's been seen by tens of thousands of people and this is the most important thing I've ever done.
Script Night tomorrow! Theme: TRUTH. Some weird and wonderful work, some genuine experiment and a lot of lies.
I'll be directing The Taming of the Shrew at Drama Studio London in June. First rehearsal: my 30th birthday.
Another fabulous meeting with Anna Bewick, producer on Shakespeare's Clown. Fundraising and tour booking gearing up. And web design is almost underway, so that link'll soon be outside this site, to something new and beautiful-looking. All wonderfully exciting.
By the way, I've also moved house. Back in good old Armley.
Some crackers for the Script Night. And I'm thrilled and touched to have work from writers of the calibre of Chris Thorpe and Tajinder Singh Hayer, among others.
Final week in Hull coming to a close, so I'll be moving back to Leeds at last next week. Lots of workshops on the drawing board, along with the deadline this Friday for the script night I'm curating this month.
Off to Glasgow this week to work with Olly Emanuel on the forthcoming Silver Tongue show, Brighter Than Sunshine. Look out for a reading in a couple of months.
I shall be teaching a couple of modules at Hull University over the next few weeks: Comic Text,Commedia dell'Arte and Popular Comedy in Performance. Nice to get my teeth back into academe, especially with such fun subjects.12/02/10
Off to Epping Forest next week for a residency with the deeply impressive Theatre Is.... Don't expect to hear much while I'm away.
Meeting with the lovely I Love West Leeds. Possible theatre installation in a shop unit this summer: See You in Copenhagen, an anti-capitalist romantic comedy set at a series of anti-globalisation protests. With songs. Fingers crossed for funding.09/02/10
Reading Conan Doyle's The Lost World, in order to write yet another treatment for yet another adaptation. This one will be a huge outdoor extravaganza: I'm getting more excited about it than is warranted by the likelihood of its happening. Adventure! Romance! Dinosaurs!
In Leeds! Starting to plan a series of performers' workshops for late spring. Clowning, Shakespeare and one or two other things. Watch this space, or contact me if you want to get updates directly when I have them.
Excellent conversations this week about an art project in Cornwall later this year. It's about networks and influences. I'm writing some text for an installation and having a bit of a mini-curate. And did I mention it's in Cornwall?
I'm curating a Script Night at the Carriageworks in Leeds on March 24th. Theme: TRUTH. If you fancy submitting a script, contact me for more information
After a lengthy sojourn in Stoke-on Trent, I'm relocating back to Leeds as of next week.
A delightful meeting with Anna Bewick, who's going to be our producer on Shakespeare's Clown. Very excited.
At present, I'm throwing around a few ideas that I hope will coalesce into a version of Pinnocchio. That, in its turn, will I hope become this year's Christmas show. Simultaneously, I'm trying to write at least six other things. One of them's set in East Berlin, one of them's set in Middlesbrough. Spot the difference.
I'm also working on pre-pre-pre-production for Shakespeare's Clown and preparing a drama school production (TBA officially soon) for the summer. See the work-in-progress page for more as it comes in.
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