To celebrate three decades of work from Bodies In Flight, videographer and long-time documenter of the work Tony Judge has put together this marvellous retrospective of the company’s prodigious output.

Sara Giddens and Simon Jones formed Bodies In Flight back in 1989, and my first BIF collaboration was on the 1992/3 show, ROUGH. So, this year marks the 30th anniversary of my own partnering with the company.

The current show, LIFE CLASS, was presented (against the odds) last Autumn, as part of Lancashire Encounter Festival. Here is a trailer for that piece, created in partnership with Fever Dance, Preston.

The Adrian Goldberg Interview Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

Graeme Rose, creator of the Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder Podcast, is interviewed by renowned broadcaster Adrian Goldberg.  The interview, produced by Black Country Touring, was originally conducted 8th April 2021.  [This edit features music by Fox and Rocha]
  1. The Adrian Goldberg Interview
  2. Episode 6 Bonus Material – The Search Book
  3. Episode 6 Bonus Material – Ice Cream Turf Wars
  4. Episode 2 Bonus Material – “Jeffs Wood”
  5. Episode 7 – "Let Him Rest…"



No Stone Theatre (Nick Pitt and Johanna Taylor) have been developing the Seeds project since the company’s formation in 2018. Following R&D residencies at Pleasance London, Birmingham REP and Clapham Omnibus, lockdown conditions forced a rethinking of the project’s outcomes. The response is the creation of a wonderfully-produced Podcast, in eight episodes, which is being hosted weekly with partner venues and organisations.

Seeds is inspired by the extraordinary story of Nicolai Vavilov, who pioneered the world’s first seed bank at the Institute for Plant Industry in St.Petersburg (later Leningrad), but who fell foul of the Stalinist regime in the USSR and perished in confinement, after science conflicted with the political interests of the commissariat. The themes thrown up by the story have huge resonances with the perilous nature of our food security systems, and writer Nick Walker has juxtaposed a contemporary voice against a dramatic rendering of Institute employees in their attempts to protect the seed bank from destruction by warfare and the starving population outside.

Director – Nicholas Pitt. Producer – Johanna Taylor

Writer – Nick Walker. Music / Sound design – Jon Ouin

Performers – Jordan Kemp, Kirsty Rider, Graeme Rose, Katy Stephens, Nina Sosanya

I Am Birmingham


You’ve heard of Sutton Park, but here is Sutton’s answer to ‘Parky’. Vimal Korpal interviews me about the launch of the Fred Jeffs Podcast for I Am Birmingham. Enjoy.

Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

A ‘true-crime’ mystery set in Birmingham and the Black Country, in the English Midlands. Graeme Rose investigates the real unsolved murder of his great uncle, sweetshop-owner Fred Jeffs, on Good Friday 1957, by talking to people who remember the case. Rose attempts to find answers and understand what really happened on that fateful night. 

Conceived, written, produced and presented by Graeme Rose.

Music Composition & Sound Design by Fox & Rocha (guest musician Martin Cox)

Directed by Steve Johnstone. This seven-part podcast series is supported by Black Country Touring (with support from Arts Council England and funding support from Creative Black Country). Episodes 1-4 produced with support from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Arts Council England. Episodes 5-7 commissioned by Black Country Touring.

I am thrilled to announce that the full seven-episode remixed and remastered series of Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder will become available from this week…

The Podcasts are being released via Anchor to the major Podcast platforms, including Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple, Soundcloud, etc.

The release schedule is as follows:

16th October 2020 – Episode 1: Maundy Thursday

23rd October 2020 – Episode 2: The Short Good Friday

30th October 2020 – Episode 3: A Robbery Gone Wrong

6th November 2020 – Episode 4: The Mystery Woman

13th November 2020 – Episode 5: The Witness Who Cannot Talk

20th November 2020 – Episode 6: Sex & Clubs & Rock ‘n Roll

27th November 2020 – Episode 7: Let Him Rest

Graeme Rose



The penultimate episode of ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ series from Stan’s Cafe, after the touring theatre version that we created and toured in 2013. Daily doses of Robert Burton’s recipe for understanding and treating Melancholy.

Featuring (anti-clockwise from TL) Gerard Bell, Rochi Rampal, Craig Stephens and myself. Directed by James Yarker; produced by Stan’s Cafe.

As this series from Stan’s Cafe draws to its end, here is ‘something for the weekend’, so to speak. From Book II of The Anatomy Of Melancholy (published in several editions from 1621 through until 1651) Robert Burton writes of the benefits of Sports and Exercise.

Episode 25 / 35



Created by Imitating the Dog for BBC Arts’ ‘Culture In Quarantine’ programme, in collaboration with Arts Council England / TheSpace, AIRLOCK is a three-part series of short films with a graphic novel aesthetic – live recorded employing the Vis-tech wizardry so characteristic of the ITD live shows.

Each day throughout July 2020, Stan’s Cafe present a daily dose from Robert Burton’s pioneering self-help manual ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’.

Filmed in 35 episodes over the lockdown period under the direction of James Yarker, the screen is divided into quadrants – with the four cast members of the touring version of the show (Gerard Bell, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose and Craig Stephens) voicing from the vantage of the four humours. In the words of Burton, “If any man ask… I perform Melancholy by being busy to avoid Melancholy.

Trailer for Stan’s Cafe’s ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ (2013)

Creation Theatre’s ‘The Time Machine’ re-opens tonight – on a virtual platform.
Performing twice nightly, Wednesdays – Sundays, 27th May – 21st June 2020
For further information and to book tickets click here

Researched in collaboration with the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Creation Theatre first premiered Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation of H.G.Wells classic on the 29th February, in The London Library, where H.G.Wells himself was a member. By mid-March, however, it was clear that the social-distancing restrictions around Covid-19 would make public performances impossible. Initially the content of the show – with predictions of global pandemic and started out as alarming and prophetic, and by the time of the lockdown almost too real to be considered dystopian.

The team have adapted the work for the online meeting platform of Zoom, and following the huge success of Creation’s adaptation of The Tempest in April, are now helping to redefine what theatre can offer in these testing times.

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