Camden People’s Theatre 28th November – 15th December 2012
This show started its life as a ten minute scratch at BAC in October 2011 and I then directed a forty minute version at Camden People’s Theatre’s Sprint Festival in March. I was subsequently invited back by Artistic Director Brian Logan to expand the idea into a full length show with a complete design.
We initially explored possibilities for the show to have future life:
Southwark Playhouse, Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), PAC (Cheltenham), Latitude Festival April – July 2011
BAC and Tara Arts March 2012
This was my first full length professional production and was produced by Paul Jellis for Bad Physics.
A live radio play based on Under Milk Wood, the audience could choose whether to be blindfolded and experience the show in a unique sensory way through live sound effects, smell and touch or sighted and watch the process of the eight actors* playing forty-nine characters and creating all the effects.
*2011 Cast: Georgina Landau, Avita Jay, Danielle Nott, Mark Conway, James French, Christopher Hammond, Jade Willis, Panny Skrivanos. Stage Manager: Ali Graham
2012 Cast: Georgina Landau, Avita Jay, Danielle Nott, Mark Conway, James French, Christopher Hammond, David Rubin, Cameron Harris. Stage Manager: Katy Munroe Farlie
In June I was appointed as the Community Director for 2013’s CASA festival. This is an annual ten day festival showcasing and celebrating Latin American theatre and culture. I’d been hoping to get involved for some time, given my more than strong interest in everything Argentine! Having just got back from my two month research trip to Buenos Aires, it seemed like the perfect moment.
I ran weekly evening workshops over three months, which culminated in the creation of a new play that was shown as part of the festival on Sunday 6th October at 5pm. We were exploring Latin American identity in London and what it means to be an “immigrant” in a big, global city. The show went very well and played to a very/overly full house!
I directed Cherise Cross’ new play The Door at the Park Theatre. The production ran for three weeks from 12th November – 1st December and was produced by 8fold theatre.
Unusually for me this was not a project that I had been involved with from day 1 and thus presented new and interesting directing challenges.
The play was extremely interesting and tackled the fascinating subject of insomnia and what happens when reality becomes confused. We approached the text in a fairly non-literal way and explored the abstract and surreal in both the staging and the designs.
Production Coordinators: Johnny Englishby and Oliver Holmes
I was very proud of the resulting production, which I think did justice to the text and fulfilled 8fold’s mission to make audiences think for themselves. It was a fairly polarising play because it deliberately remained ambiguous.
17th Century Japan. A world of bandit racoons, feline ninjas and warring animal clans.
A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition: to become a great samurai warrior. Trained by a maverick old lion sensei – a teacher of the warrior’s code known as Bushido – Usagi learns that the way of the samurai is one of peace and perfection – not just masterful swordsmanship. But as war engulfs the land, he must make a choice that will test his loyalty, honour and dearest friendship.
I adapted a really interesting book, Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers, for the stage. Specifically, the wonderful stage at the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. It ran from 1st-5th April 2014.
milk apples bananas avocados onions potatoes tomatoes mushrooms carrots and rabbit food for Peter mince bread juice – you choose
If you can carry any more, get a chicken and two cans of beans. Don’t worry if you can’t, I can try and pick these up tomorrow.
Money on the counter. Don’t forget your key!
So begins the story of the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter. Inspired by Alice Kuiper’s ‘novel in notes’, this first ever stage adaptation explores the themes of adolescence and family in a simple yet beautiful way. A coming of age story that is mundane, ridiculous and poignant. Welcome (back) to being fourteen.
The piece was shown as part of a double bill with another company, the punk band artists collective The Femmes Fatales, and formed part of the Yard’s NOW 14 Collection. We were Arts Council funded and also had a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.