The Veneration of St Finnegan

The Veneration of St Finnegan

As today is the feast day of St Virgil the Geometer it must mean the feast day of St Finnegan and his infamous elbow must be edging ever closer. Like St Finnegan, Virgil was an Irish monk who became famous for teaching that the earth is a sphere. Unlike St Finnegan, Virgil only has only … Continue reading

New beginnings – and a move from East to West

New beginnings – and a move from East to West

I am thrilled to have been invited to become the new Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Unity Theatre.  For those of you who know me you’ll understand when I talk about this being a dream opportunity for me.  Independent theatre, supporting new/ home grown talent and venues rooted in a strong sense of community have … Continue reading

Dorkbot at the Waiting Room – with speakers Katy Beale (we are Caper) and Paul Probert

Fascinating night (again) at the Waiting Room, this time for #dorkbot … Warming up… @Dorkbot_Col at @stbotolphs_ featuring @katybeale pic.twitter.com/tTHJ98kEay — Gaz Aston (@gazaston) November 19, 2014 Listening to @katybeale of @wearecaper talking about @Johncagebot Fun Palaces and Alarum (RSC) at the Waiting Room in Colchester. — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 19, 2014 . @katybeale … Continue reading

Day 3 at Spill – honesty, politics and activism

Day 3 at Spill – honesty, politics and activism

Towards the end of a SPILL Think Tank event on death and dying Martin Russell from St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich mentioned the work of William Utermohlen, whose self portraits document the artists journey into dementia. Such searing honesty in art reminded me of the work of Bobby Baker, and particularly her Diary Drawings documenting her experiences … Continue reading

Wild Duck at the Barbican

Wild Duck at the Barbican

Back to the Barbican (I’d been there last Sunday when a power outtage had caused the cancellation of British Sea Power’s brass band collaboration) for the International Ibsen Season, and Belvoir Sydney version of The Wild Duck.  Here’s what I scribbled on the train back…. Just occasionally a piece of theatre picks you up by the … Continue reading

From my Spill Festival Notebook, day 1

From my Spill Festival Notebook, day 1

I’d seen Ray Lee’s SIRENS before (the work premiered in 2004) but I wasn’t quite prepared for how overwhelming the piece would be in a former church. There is something quirkily Gilbert and George about the set up. Two men, high priests of sound and motion, in almost identical grey suits studiously play with sound … Continue reading

Jekyll or Hyde – digital theatre screenings

The debate over the Jekyll and Hyde potential of digital screenings has been gathering pace recently.  On the eve of the UK Theatre / ITC Digital Forum I’ve been wondering is it time for the live performance equivalent of the Independent Cinema Office?   Live screenings are becoming an increasingly important part of the programming … Continue reading

The Ragnarok reviews are coming in…

The Ragnarok reviews are coming in…

The reviews for Eastern Angles Ragnarok are starting to come in. Michael Gray’s Theatre Blog calls the show ‘a thrilling triumph of theatricality with a breathtaking finale, where the future is foretold’. Libby Purves on her review site agrees…. ‘it rolls along to a spectacular final doom with flame and shocks’ Exeunt Magazine’s Jack Ford … Continue reading

The buzz on RAGNAROK

The buzz on RAGNAROK

Here is just a sample of the social media feedback on Eastern Angles most recent show RAGNAROK, which finished its short run at the The Hush House, Bentwaters on 28th September. You can read the reviews of the show here. On Eastern Angles facebook site Luke Stokes said: It’s an incredible show Nick Lingard added … Continue reading