Over the last few weeks I’ve been adapting my theatre piece about rage, justice and terrorism, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, for the wonderful Resonance 104.4FM (available online for those of us outside London). The programme has been produced by Nicholas Edwards-Longstaff. It will be on at 8pm on Wendesday 2nd March.
The piece is part of an ongoing creative attempt to link autobiographical storytelling with documentary and essay forms. My aim is to bring intimacy to the exploration of complex political and social issues. I hope it works for you.
A good pal and former colleague, Richard Tall, shared his photos from the R&D sharing ‘This is Who I am Now…’ I thought I would put this one up as it is rather lovely. It makes me hope I can find funding to continue the project.
I am delighted that my new solo show, The Violent Justice in My Heart, will be a part of the Grow Festival at Hull Truck Theatre (on the 24th June). It’s part autobiography and part theatrical documentary – a response to the difficult choices we make about violence, terrorism and war. It’s serious, but I think it’s exciting too. I’m looking forward to hearing what people think. http://www.hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on?action=view&id=927
I started writing something about storytelling and politics. And then I couldn’t stop. It jumps from Ira Glass to Jerome Bruner to Adam Curtis to Hannah Arendt. So there’s something for everyone… It’s called ‘I am who you are‘.
I went to meet with a Stroke Association Communication Support Group this week – talking about what life is like after stroke. It was pretty humbling. The conversation was the first stage of a project that seeks to find ways of representing some of those experiences using storytelling, dance and music. I will be collaborating with the saxophonist Jesse Bannister and the dancer Annika Kompart.
There will be a presentation of work in development in the Donald Roy Theatre at the University of Hull on April 21st at 7:30pm. It will be followed by a discussion with the audience and stake-holders.
This project is kindly supported by the Ferens Educational Trust.
I was pleased (and nervous) to present the first draft my new piece, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, in the Hull Truck rehearsal room on Wednesday. I got some lovely and helpful feedback from the game and sympathetic crew that came to watch. Very much looking forward to presenting the finished item at the Grow Festival in June. Slightly panicking about having to learn 6000 words – even if I did write them.
On Wednesday (7th January 2015) I’m installing my new piece The Surfaces of Understanding at the Ferens Art Gallery. It is a 3D audio video piece presenting an integrated portrait of five different people. It will be in the foyer of the Live Art Space and is free.
Skin and facial health therapist Dr Katerina Steventon has provided an accompanying guide to the piece which encourages participants to make links between the installation and other works in the Ferens’ collection.