Archive for the ‘theatre’ Category

The Box Offices are now open for the July performances of Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder, commissioned as part of FURNACE, Birmingham REP’s Community Engagement Programme. Tickets for the three shows are free, but limited in number so please book ahead if you can. Advertisements


Here’s a couple of hapless Greek deities from the 1992/3 show, ROUGH, devised by Bodies In Flight Another image from the Bodies In Flight Theatre Company archive, in anticipation of a publication to mark their 30th anniversary in 2019. This photograph is from their production “Rough – a passion” (1992), and features Simon Pegg and […]


After an early morning interview with presenter Alex Lester on the WM Breakfast Show, I appeared on Caroline Martin’s lunchtime show (BBC Radio WM, 3/4/2018) talking to her about the mysterious unsolved murder of Fred Jeffs and my community project with the Birmingham Rep Furnace programme. The broadcast is available for ‘Listen Again’ until 29th […]


Maundy Thursday

30Mar18

What is it about an unsolved murder that holds its grip on us? Perhaps it’s a need to complete the story and provide some sort of closure? Or a fascination with gruesome misadventures?  Wherever I have been in the last month – whether talking to local history societies, visiting retirement homes or holding sessions in […]


Last April, on the 60th anniversary of my great uncle Fred Jeffs’s untimely death, I marked the occasion by writing a blog post “Murder By Person Or Persons Unknown“. I’d visited the press archives at the Library of Birmingham, and sifting through pages of journalistic speculation about this remarkable case helped me renew my determination […]


Earlier this year while working for the Ministry of Truth (Creation Theatre’s 1984 at Oxford Maths Institute), my friend and erstwhile MTO collaborator Dazz Joyce introduced me to “Looking Backward 2000-1887” – Edward Bellamy’s time-travelling Utopian novel set in Boston in an imagined 2000AD. I immediately latched on to it as an ideal subject for […]


I confess I find van-loads and get-ins energising; even exciting. Whilst it is arguably the hardest, most arduous part of gigging and something oft to be dreaded, Stan’s Cafe prides itself on an history of everyone mucking in. There are plenty of jobbing actors who might balk at the idea of emptying a truck or shifting set, but […]


中英劇團

28Apr15

中英劇團. Jekyll & Hyde written & directed by Jonathan Holloway Chung Ying Theatre Company Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts 1st – 10th May 2015  


First Incision

01Aug14

  Edinburgh Fringe 2014 Summerhall (fringe venue 26), no longer the new kid on the block. A powerhouse of creative energy, with Art beating Commercialism hands down. KILN ensemble, rebranded and ready to demonstrate the company’s versatility, daring and skill. Three shows, constituting a KILN mini-Fest; Lady Gogo Goch, Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall. 1st – 24th August, (except mondays) 21.05pm […]


KILN are taking a trilogy of epic shows to Edinburgh this year, but need a little helping fuelling the fire. Can you help? Take a look at these demonstration videos which give tantalising glimpses into the technology behind the work. 1. Olivia does Makey Makey 2. Olivia und der blaukopf 3. Sam introduces the instruments […]