Let The Games Commence….

5 02 2012

Well I guess it is time for a long overdue update – to bring you right smack up to date, 2012 is looking up to being one of the busiest years of my professional career.

I am currently re-staging Spike Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Games which stormed Edinburgh Fringe in 2011, the show is about to embark on a national tour and I have the inevitable task of bringing the genius of Mark Smith (Spike Theatre) and Toby Park (SpyMonkey) back to life for this 4 month tour.

The show is pure comedy gold and although it is sad not to carry the show on with the original 3 cast members (Jamie Wood, Liam Tobin and Lauren Silver) It is also great to be working with a great new team consisting of original member Liam Tobin (back as Darius) Keddie Sutton (Hermaphrodite) and Mark Kemar Smith (Stanzas) – the three of them have a wealth of experience especially in clowning and improvisation and at times, if I am honest have felt a little out of my depth. But there is a real tangible atmosphere in the rehearsal room, and the new cast have bonded really well and not only embodied the show with such enthusiasm but each of them bring something rather unique and interesting into the mix and I have loved every single moment of our first week of rehearsals.

Our journey thus far has seen the company focus on the songs that are in the show and the physical scenes that litter the production. We have had falls, bangs, bruises from all but most of all the lasting memory of week one goes to the laughter that emanates constantly from the rehearsal room – you can sometimes forget how much fun creating and rehearsing can be and I hope the next two weeks are just as much fun as our first; especially when the shadow of opening night is looming ever closer.

If you want to know more about the tour – and I hope that you will be able to get along to see the show at a venue near you, then please check out Spike Theatre’s Website for The Games.


The Myth…Just keeps on going!!!

15 09 2011

Well it has done even better than my wildest expectations but the show I have directed for Happystorm Theatre Company who are based in Manchester has received some brilliant reviews.

The Observer
“Enthralled throughout”

5*s – Remotegoat
“Well paced drama handled with skill & humour”

5*s – Lancashire Evening Post
“Lots of excellent one liners, laughs and tears…Explores every corner of the human condition”

4.5*s – The Public Reviews
“A riotous, rebellious concoction of surreal ideas and lofty politic”

4*s – Mailout
“This political, dark comedy addresses life’s big questions…reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984”

4*s – Cultural Shenanugans
“Brilliant and Darkly Funny”

Not only that but it has also been announced that the tour will be extended and will now perform at the following venues – so please if you do live near to one of these venues and you have yet to see the production – then please come along and let me know what you think!

57 Blundell Street, Liverpool, L1 0AJ

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE (Paupers Pit Theatre): 14th & 15th Oct @ 7.30pm 
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN

1 Hereford Street, Sheffield, S1 4PR

Sorry…My Bad

15 09 2011

Let the blogging recommence – I will do a major update over the next couple of days – so much to fill you all in with!

Spike Theatre Fundraiser…

28 05 2011

Over the past 6 months I have had the privilege of getting to know Mark Smith & Adrian Turrell-Watts of Spike very well, not only as a colleague but first and foremost as friends.

On Thursday night Spike held a riotous evening of comedy entitled ‘Variety Pack’ at The Kazimeir in Liverpool to help get their current production of The Games (Click here for more info) up to Edinburgh. The event starred many local comedy acts that have all worked with Spike Theatre in various ways over the years and the line-up included: Keddy Sutton, Liam Tobin, Jamie Greer, Lauren Silver, Lee McPherson, Paul Duckworth, Mark Smith, Jollyboat, Graham Hicks, Gillian Hardy, Francis Tucker, Chris Tomlinson, and Lewis Bray – whilst I had the honour of being asked to take photos of the evenings proceedings.

So I present to you just a few of my favourite shots of the night and hope that you feel like me that Spike Theatre is a worthy company to be supported.

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The Myth…The Director

25 05 2011

Well it has been just over a month since my last directing Job and in just over two weeks I will be starting a new project that will become my life for the next two and a bit months.

The Myth of Escape is a new play by North West playwright Rob Johnston who is co-producing the show with his company Breathe Out Theatre Company and Happystorm Theatre Company, which will premier at Studio Salford as part of ‘Not Part of Festival’ from the 7th -10th July and then on a small tour – did you get all that? All dates and times etc are posted at the bottom of this little blog post.

The Myth of Escape is an absurdist drama about holding onto everything you believe in – the show is full of comedy but also tinged with hard hitting and thought provoking moments.

As I am currently in pre-production finalising my ideas for the piece I thought I would let you all into a little secret; this production has given me my first ‘Director’s Nightmare’ it felt so real and I hope it really is the only one I ever get, but I have little to worry about as the cast (James Jowett, Susi Wrenshaw & Andrew Robert Palmer) are fantastic and I am really looking forward to getting to know them as we explore and bring the piece to life.

We will be showcasing the 1st ten minutes of the play at Embryo 55 at Studio Salford on the 10th June at 8pm so please do come along and support us. I will obviously keep you upto date with proceedings as and when they happen but please do come along to one of the dates below.

7th July – Studio Salford (Not Part of Festival) – 6:30pm – Buy Tickets

8th July – Studio Salford (Not Part of Festival ) – 5:30pm – Buy Tickets

9th July – Studio Salford (Not Part of Festival) – 4:00pm – Buy Tickets

10th July – Studio Salford (Not Part of Festival) – 6:00pm – Buy Tickets

19th July – Hyde Festival Theatre (Tameside Festival) – 7:30pm – Buy Tickets

21st July- The Continental (Preston Tringe Festival) – 8:00pm – More Info Here

30th July – The Continental (Preston Tringe Festival) – 8:00pm – More Info here

27th August – Beverly Festival, Hull – TBC

21st September – Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, Lancashire – TBC – 01254 380293

Other Dates will be confirmed very soon – the production still has dates available for touring.