Really pleased to be finally brave enough to start my own blog positioned within a website about my own work. No company name to hide behind, finally putting myself 'out there'! I'm at the creation and production stage of my latest play, The Art Of Not Getting Lost, after a brilliant research and development stage which consisted of two residencies at Zinc Arts in Essex and a residency at ARC Stockton in Stockton-On-Tees. I've shown works in progress at two scratch events, and a rehearsed reading to an invited audience. At last the final draft of the script has had all final adjustments and I've begun the directing stage with two amazing actors: Ree Collins is playing No-one and Eleanor Crawford is playing Everyone - two long term friends who are hiding out in a self-styled Lost Property Centre in a fictional underground station. The station clock is against them and the heavy boot mob are closing in . . . Everyone and No-one find their friendship tested and the truth hidden as they race to save themselves and understand the journey they've been on. My main aim when creating a piece of work is for it to be compelling piece of contemporary theatre which connects directly with its audience in a socially engaged way. I'm interested in innovation and the exploration of the aristic practices and aesthetics of difference. This piece aims to promote undertsanding of the stigma attached to mental health problems and the barriers created by the world we live in. I want to assess contemporary realities against the backdrop of historical truths, mixed messages, stolen lives and hidden stories. And I'm thrilled that it is going to be brought to life by wonderful actors, and our talented creative technician John Kirkbride. The premiere is at ARC Stockton on 20 May 2015 at 7pm.
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