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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 […]

Rob, (Graeme Rose) doubled up with pain, pays a visit to his old University pal Stu (Matthew Wait), in Stu’s “grotesque mansion” somewhere in the North, “overlooking Norway”. Stu attempts to show Rob the door in Chris O’Connell’s latest play, CHOKE.  Photo by Andrew Moore. Presented by Theatre Absolute in the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry. […]



CHOKE is a new play by award-winning writer Chris O’Connell and Theatre Absolute, the company he formed with Julia Negus. It is the sixth in a series of new works under the umbrella theme – ‘Are We Where We Are?’ – taken from a line in Paul Auster’s Walden. Rehearsals of CHOKE are now into their […]

On the back of the hugely successful Bullring performances back in May 2016, “The Hand That Feeds” was re-presented in Castle Vale, and then Victoria Square, Birmingham, at the invitation of Councillor Clare Spencer. River Rea Films have created a trailer which documents this latest chapter in the life of the project; Consumers place a […]

A photo rediscovery; Sleep Has Its House, 2nd year devised project, Dept. of Theatre Studies, University of Lancaster. Directed by Pete Brooks, Nuffield Theatre Studio, Lancaster, May 1986. From L to R: Holly, Kelsey Michael, Louize Gibson, Alison Wayman, Nicky Johnstone, Dave Cattermole, Graeme Rose (standing, centre), Katherine Anderson, Johnny Brown, Jools Gilson, Sara Giddens, […]

  The Department of Drama & Theatre Arts Presents  Looking Backward  by Edward Bellamy. Adapted by Graeme Rose. Devised by Graeme Rose and the Cast.      After consulting a mesmerist for his insomnia, Julian wakens from a 113 year-long slumber to find himself in the 21st Century. His new hosts guide him through the […]



ASINGELINE from BE FESTIVAL on Vimeo. Frankfurt-based Mamaza have created their project A Single Line in city locations across the world – from Antwerp to Venice. Here is a documentation of their Birmingham rendition, as commissioned by BE festival 2017.

Commissioned for SPON-SPUN Festival, Talking Birds turned a backstage tour of Coventry’s Albany Theatre into a rolling 40-minute performance on 10th September, when the 1930’s building – formerly Coventry Technical College – threw open it’s doors as part of Heritage Open Weekend. Here is a Trailer for the show, by Jon Randle Backstage at the […]

On The Rails


Friend and longtime collaborator Simon Jones was quipping this weekend that I had spawned an adjective singularly my own. To engage in a “Rosarian” task (as in Sisyphusian, I fear) is “to expend a huge amount of energy to very little avail”. Perhaps those closest to me recognise the painful truth better than I. After what feels […]

Here is the Trailer for Creation Theatre’s production of Orwell’s 1984, adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway, and performed in the Mathematics Institute here in Jericho, Oxford until 5th March. Photography by Richard Budd 1984 Trailer from Creation Theatre on Vimeo.