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There were plenty of excuses NOT to come to see us in Engine Brake at Salisbury Playhouse last Saturday afternoon, (19th May.) The much-touted ‘Making of the Mayor’ parade was bringing the sun-drenched Wiltshire streets to life with its celebrations; whilst footie fans were busy clearing the mart-shelves of Carling in readiness for the Cup […]


ENGINE BRAKE opened last week at the New Diorama Studio in London NW1. The process of making has been hugely enjoyable one, with a bright and talented team of collaborators assembled by The Plasticene Men director Simon Day. Show premieres are terrifying things at the best of times, but if you are devising new performance […]


Engine Brake

11Apr18

The trailer for Engine Brake, a new piece I’m devising along with co-performer Radhika Aggarwal and director Simon Day under the moniker of The Plasticene Men. The show opens at the New Diorama Theatre, London, 8th – 12th May 2018. Further dates; Salisbury Playhouse (17th-19th May), Plymouth Fringe Festival, The Drum, Theatre Royal, (28th May – […]


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 […]


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

22Jan18

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, […]