Archive for the ‘theatre’ Category

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 […]


Rehearsals have started for a latest offering from Stan’s Cafe; “Finger, Trigger, Bullet, Gun”. Unusually for Stan, this is a commisssioned play, penned by Serbian writer, director and former MP. Nenad Prokic. “Finger, Trigger, Bullet, Gun” concerns itself with the political manœverings which led to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914 – an action credited with igniting World War I. […]


“A Journey Round My Skull”, by KILN Ensemble (formerly Kindle Theatre) will be on the Festival circuit this summer. The show performs at Latitude in Suffolk (17th-20th July) and then at the Summerhall (venue#26) for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe (1st – 24th August). Check out Mat Beckett’s Trailer, captured during the show’s premiere week […]


Firestarters

04Jun14

It takes some bright sparks to start a fire. Kindle Theatre were formed out of the Drama Dept. at Birmingham University. They graduated in 2005 and got on with the business of devising and touring new theatre. This week they changed their name. The heat was too much for mere Kindling. A new name heralds […]


Sieg-fried

07Apr14

twilightofthefreakingods glimmer #2 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo. According to Peter Cann, It was a death scene so arch and so protracted that it rivalled Jimmy Cagney’s in Public Enemy (see here). Lasting 15-minutes or more, and unrehearsed, the job was to wind up on the pallet and be able to remain there motionless for […]