a day in oxford

Went to Peter Mumford’s Christmas party last night – very lovely (very starry) and amazing food. Though too much champagne (but surely there’s no such thing as too much champagne). Then up at the crack of dawn (ouch!) to go to Oxford and meet with the Oxford Playhouse who are taking The Man With the Flower in His Mouth for a week as part of our UK tour. All very lovely – I like the kind of meetings that involve walking round the cafes of Oxford. Then after lunch another meeting about some other productions they’re co-producing with Metta next year and in 2012 (very exciting – more on that anon), and then just time to sneak in a quick plug/pitch for Waiting (which maybe they’ll take for a night or two for that tour as well). We love the Oxford Playhouse!

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riverside meeting

Having held out this long I fear I am now (alas) succumbing to the seasonal flu/cold that is going round. No hooray for that. Anyway, onwards – had a Metta meeting to bring everyone up to speed on where we all are with the various tours and plans for next year. And now off to Riverside to meet the designer of the show I’m directing there in Feb/March next year. Still very strange for me working with anyone (as a designer) other than Will as I’ve literally only not worked with him TWICE out of all the shows I’ve ever directed in the last 5 years!

Then a dinner party with a fellow freelance director – good friend James Bounds (currently staff Director on Nick Hytner’s Hamlet at the National). Unfortunately we are (read ‘Will is’) also re-fitting our kitchen this weekend – so I think it’s going to be a dinner party consisting of champagne and take-away!

hampstead and accordians

Met with the lovely accordionist again – she’s amazing – hurrah! Accordions are such evocative instruments – love them! And then off to Hampstead for a very brilliant meeting with Ed Hall. He’s amazing too – and so lovely. So doing a reading of the supermodel play there in the new year. Good times.

meetings meetings meetings

Hurrah for meetings. Fund-raising meeting, followed by Southbank Centre meeting, followed by meeting with an author, follower by meeting with a composer, followed by another meeting with the same composer (plus costume designer and aerial choreographer). Followed by dinner party. Followed by bed…well the bed is still to come after I catch up on all the days emails I’ve missed by being in meetings.

Off to Hampstead Theatre tomorrow for another meeting – about the supermodel project.  Fingers crossed.

all-nighter

Another fairly quiet admin-y day. We were meant to have a Metta re-brand de-brief meeting but that was postponed due to illness. So nothing fixed until more Odyssey this evening.

But was up half the night doing more re-writes on Sexing The Cherry – after yesterday’s fruitful and inspiring meetings I’m now abuzz with new ideas and creative energy. So time for another draft – onwards!

cherry day

So today I’m meeting with another actor/musician (Gwendolen Chatfield) for next year’s Sexing The Cherry (who coincidentally was also one of the Coalition collaborators) and then having a meeting with an illustrator who Will might work with for the video design – the lovely Jack Bedeman who did the illustrations for our V&A commission (which was an off-shoot of STC – focusing on the stories of the 12 Dancing Princesses). So a very Cherry-oriented day. Hurrah.

baby-sitting

Last night both Flower Man and Coalition closed. Sad times, but Flower Man is definitely touring next year and hopefully The Prophets and the Puppets might have another life too – perhaps at the Little Angel Theatre.

Today I’m baby-sitting all day for another young Director (Frances Loy) who has a gorgeous 2 year old boy – he’s napping now – all good practice for the future! Meanwhile she’s rehearsing A Doll’s House for Theatre Delicatessen, designed by Will – in an new all-female version brilliantly adapted from the original Ibsen by Sophie Reynolds (my sister-in-law).