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Michael John Rose 9th September 1937 – 19th February 2020 This Monday past, the 23rd March 2020, we said our goodbyes to dad at a Service at Lodge Hill Crematorium. The ‘Social Distancing’ in place at the time meant that all members of the congregation were sat 2 metres from one another, the Funeral Directors […]


A Winter treat this month, working with Coventry’s own Talking Birds on a site-based performance in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The piece, a spurious Festival re-imagining the rained-off, final day’s parade organised 250 years ago by David Garrick. At that Festival in 1769, Garrick – the pre-eminent actor of his generation – unveiled […]


A review of last week’s performance of The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety, directed by Calixto Bieito. A Birmingham REP production with Festival d’Automne, presented at Theatre de la Ville, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris. https://bachtrack.com/critique-the-string-quartets-guide-to-sex-and-anxiety-bieito-heath-quartet-espace-pierre-cardin-paris-novembre-2019  


HUMANISTAN

15Oct19

HUMANISTAN is a programme of work, to be nurtured, curated, presented through the vision of Chris O’ Connell and Julia Negus at Theatre Absolute. As opener to the programme, and at the same time marking 10 years of the wonderful Shop Front Theatre, are two pieces created through the ‘Live Briefs’ professional practice module at […]


Don Quixote

31Aug19

Creation Theatre’s ‘Don Quixote’ opened last weekend in Oxford’s vibrant Covered Market. Jonathan Holloway has written, in characteristic style, a loose adaptation of Cervantes’s novel, in which two ageing friends, and hoarders, Dom and Sam, (performed by Eric MacLennan and myself) plot an adventure westwards along the A40. Here’s a first review from Catherine Flutsch, […]


Life Class

30Jun19

Images from a memorable performance of Life Class by Bodies in Flight, presented at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, on midsummer’s night, 21st June 2019, with support from a terrific team, Dance4 and the tea dancers of the elders group at Nottingham Mechanics. The performance was presented in tandem with an exhibition celebrating 30 years of […]


As our run of five shows at Birmingham REP comes to an end, I have a moment to reflect on the extraordinary journey so far, and to thank all those who have made the journey possible. I will post a full list of credits down below, but the core creative team of Steve Johnstone (director), […]


I’m pleased to announce a number of new performance dates for Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder, across the Black Country Boroughs. These are made possible thanks to the support of Black Country Touring.   Wednesday 5thJune, 7:30pm Glasshouse Arts Centre, Wollaston Road, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF Tickets: £8 / £6 Concessions Box Office: 01384 399408 Online bookings: https://www.rmlt.org.uk/Event/the-sweetshop-murder   Thursday 6th […]


Fred Jeffs was born at Bridge of Allen, near Stirling, on the 23rd April 1919, which makes today a special occasion indeed. The above photo is the earliest I can find in my family’s possession and shows him in the back-yard at Bath Row, Birmingham, in the late 1920’s. This morning, on what would have […]


The murder of my great uncle, Fred Jeffs, in 1957, remains one of the West Midlands’ great unsolved crimes. I first stumbled across the story when I was in my early teens. My Nan – like so many of her generation – did not yield family secrets so easily, but she had been sent a […]