Deliriously happy to confirm that I've just been awarded Arts Council funding to create a new piece of street clowning with a community group of OAPs who've never performed before and then take them on tour through the Summer. Thank you to Arts Council England and all the team at the Newbury Corn Exchange Theatre and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space for supporting me to do this!
This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of spending time with the National Association of Street Artists at the 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre. It was a superb event with some of the most exciting international performers in the UK present.
The keynote speakers were Heba El-Sheikh (Egypt) who is a creative producer promoting youth creativity and critical thinking by delivering art in the public space in Egypt. Together with her colleague she shared something of the challenges of presenting community orientated work there. (Supported by British Council Egypt). And Floriane Gaber (Belgium / Paris) a well-travelled European activist and commentator who will explore the political context of outdoor arts, from protests against the Vietnam war in the 1968 to the social implications of artists working on the streets of Belarus today. PLUS a provocation from long-established festival producer, Jeremy Shine.
Throughout the weekend there was a mixture of...
• Learning practical skills (e.g. fooling techniques, chorus song, electricity outdoors, fire torches, making monoprints...) • Focussed discussions (e.g. new circus, indoor-outdoor crossover, conundrums...) • Fascinating presentations exploring working techniques (e.g. evolution of ideas, community commissioning, physical performance...) • New work (e.g. hot seating ideas, feedback on a piece, try-out performance...) • Eating and chatting with other participants - in an open and friendly atmosphere
Thank you so much to all who came and got involved, it was fantastic!
I'm very pleased to announce that I'm going to be working with Heartbreak productions over the Spring as a director on Murder on the Terrace.
Heartbreak have been a touring company for 24 years and the number of shows that they have created and adapted extends to over 50.
In recent years, Heartbreak has been offering three shows per summer to the British public: a family show, a classic with a twist and an adaptation of Shakespeare.
Murder on the Terrace will be a murder mystery set at a respectable garden party at Lord and Lady Cava’s residence, The Cavary. Respectable, that is until one of the party is found dead, murdered. The garden party is thrown into disarray, the sardonic Inspector Back arrives to investigate and the twists and turns of a whodunit both puzzle and entertain alongside dangerous amounts of humour. Can you solve the mystery?
This original murder-mystery written by David Kerby-Kendall will be an interactive play with references to Downton, Agatha Christie, part romp, part farce and a whole lot of fun. Come along and figure out if you can decipher ‘whodunit’?!