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  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. Creation Theatre are this year celebrating 20 years of making site-specific work in and around their home City of Oxford. I have joined the company for the current production, a timely adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984”, written and directed by my long-term collaborator Jonathan Holloway. In fact this year marks 20 years of us […]

A handful of songs from our Food Crime musical “The Hand That Feeds” were performed recently at Birmingham Food Council’s second AGM, hosted at the Impact Hub in Digbeth. Organised and presented partly by myself and largely by New Optimist all-round superwoman Kate Cooper (self-styled ‘the lippy granny’) the evening prompted talks from enlightened specialists […]



Stan’s Cafe is 25 Years Old. In the Autumn of 1991 James and I moved into the terraced house at 85 Ombersley Rd., Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and the Stan’s Cafe adventure began in earnest. By the end of November we had started rehearsals for the very first project, Perry Como’s Christmas Cracker, and the first […]

Performed outside St.Martin’s in the Bullring on the 14th May 2016, “The Hand That Feeds” was the premiere of a new piece of work by The New Optimists, and the latest in the Narrativium series. The project was the brainchild of New Optimists founder Kate Cooper (who is also the Chair of the Birmingham Food […]

MY BIG FAT COWPAT WEDDING – Tour schedule, Autumn 2016  28 Sept  7.30pm  Newhampton Arts Centre Dunkley St  Wolverhampton WV1 4AN Tickets 01902 572090  Book on line here CHESHIRE, SHROPSHIRE & HEREFORDSHIRE  29 Sept  7.30pm  The Barbour Institute  Tattenhall  Cheshire  CH3 9PX Tickets Linda 01829 771374 or Barbara 01829 771649 Book on line here   30 Sept  7.30pm  Quatt Village Hall  Quatt  Bridgnorth  Shropshire WV15 6QN Tickets 01746 […]