Asking questions – theatre and politics

Asking questions – theatre and politics

At the Tate Liverpool’s Leonara Carrington exhibition, amongst the weirdly wonderful imagery where reality merges easily with magic, life with death, are various of her texts.  One of them stood out for me:- ‘One cannot understand reality….there are things that are not sayable.  That’s why we have art’ *** Not so long ago Unity and Soho’s … Continue reading

Musing from a Digital Utopia in Hull

Musing from a Digital Utopia in Hull

To Hull (a city rightly proud of its newly won status as City of Culture 2017) for #artsdigital ‘Digital Utopias‘. This was an event that was asking big questions. How does culture respond to a world where we live our lives in public such an extreme way?, a world where technology is changing the way … Continue reading

The buzz on St Finnigans

The buzz on St Finnigans

What can I say – both the critics and social media have been falling over them selves to lavish praise on Eastern Angles latest The Mystery of St Finningans Elbow. One things for sure – it’s no ordinary school (if you are a twitter follower for the insiders view make sure you follow @lydiabumole). We’ve … Continue reading

The Veneration of St Finnigan

The Veneration of St Finnigan

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