barns, bury and northampton

Last Friday had  a meeting with two other directors about launching an umbrella group to jointly fund-raise for our projects. Hope something comes of it, could be a really exciting new model of working. Then met a potential assistant for the potential Tempest that I’m potentially directing after Arabian Nights. He had a lot of potential…

This week I spent Monday in a barn playing with Loren and Clare Whistler on some physical ideas for Points of Light. Even rigged the strop and did some very low work on that, barely off the floor. It’s a fascinating thing to see circus performed at such a low level. We’ll definitely have to explore how we can change the height of the rigging throughout the show – when we finally get to that point of having a show.

Then yesterday directed a staged reading of a Georgian play – Nicholas Rowe’s The Fair Penitent at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, which was also simultaneously recorded as a radio play. Fascinating because the demands of a live audience and the demands of a microphone are so different. A great challenge for the actors though.

Then today I was off to the Lyric in Hammersmith to meet with Laurie Sansom, from Royal & Derngate in Northampton about the future life of STC – which still looks fairly healthy so watch this space…

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