Most of the theatre work I make is for spaces other than theatres that celebrates the everyday. I have an affection for creating work in places and ways that might attract people who don’t usually go to the theatre, particularly for village halls. Places in which the theatre company are the visitors and which are familiar to the audience. Latterly I have begun to become as interested in working with others to make work for these same spaces, to share those possibilities. Of the 70 plus new works I have made in the past 25 years these are a few that I am least unhappy with:
in praise of elephants
this play sat with me for about five years. in the end it became something i am very proud of. I think it is a piece about the lies we willingly believe. The greatest delight has been forming new artistic collaborations – Catherine Ireton, who is both an astonishing singer and maker of theatre, Simon McCorry, who made all the videos and Nell Ranney who held the whole thing together.
For one night only
a play about friendship and belonging by Dipo Agboulage that toured nationally, twice, with a black African cast to village halls. It said more about what we share as it did about the things that make us different and was both delightfully and provocative.
Written and directed by Gavin Stride. This piece grew from a demonstration of the possibilities of working with village halls at a promoter’s event for Hog the Limelight. Mounted a regional tour and two tours of England and Scotland. The piece traced the arrival in rural England of a young woman who is to take up a post as a nanny and her over protective father.
so we made it. after sitting here for two years Kevin and i made a show that started in Tehran standing on the roof of the central library looking out over the city whilst it snowed. its a story about a family about to take flight who gather their friends one last time to share a meal. We toured nationally to village halls and hope to retour next year
By Haldor Laxness adapted by Charles Way. A co-production between Moguleikhusid from Iceland and New Perspectives Theatre Company. Performer – Ragga Gudrun. This production toured to village halls, the Pride of Place Festival in Nottinghamshire and to Iceland as part of Reykjavik’s celebration of city of culture 2000.
By Michael Healey. A co-production with Passé Muraille, Toronto and Farnham Maltings. The English premier of the hugely successful Canadian play that toured England.
A new adaption by Mary Elliott Nelson – touring village halls across the East Midlands. Performer – Bryonie Pritchard