Perceptions

So about a month ago, I was listening to an interview by an artist who was releasing their next album (or promoting their next film – honestly I can’t quite remember) … what I DO remember though, was being struck by a comment they made about training up as a plumber in their early twenties,…

Why People Get INCLUSION So So Wrong

I recently got my daughter a subscription to Disney+ and have been enjoying watching the Pixar short films … that is, until I got to the film Loop. Loop got a lot of praise when it premiered, however I can’t share in this praise. Here’s why I think Loop got it SOOOO wrong. Billed as…

Ticking a Box

I get contacted a lot by people and organisations wanting to work with disabled actors for a variety of projects … firstly thank you for aiming to be inclusive – HOWEVER… Don’t be offended when I ask simple questions pertaining to access that you might not have considered. I’m trying to help you understand that…

Just Go Digital

This whole year, the theatre industry has had to adapt. Participatory arts workshops and show rehearsals have moved to Zoom. Self-tape castings are more the ‘norm’ and many companies have either delayed seasons or in the worse cases, simply closed. Stopped. Pulled down the shutters to wait out the storm. A great many too have…

The New Normal

I hate this phrase. I hate that it implies we should accept how things are now and that this is how it’s going to be from here on in. No. It’s not. Where we are now is a transition. The “new normal” should not be used to describe what we are going through now –…

The Permissions are Different

My last blog was at the beginning of lockdown – the beginning of what would become a long and arduous endurance test for everyone – not just those in the performing/participatory arts world, but everyone! For those of us IN the creative industries, adapting our services to deliver online workshops, learning how to be effective…

The Pressure to Produce

I’ve always found collaboration, when it comes to devising and creating theatre, needs people.  People physically interacting.  Throwing ideas about and trying things out.  Failing and succeeding together in a safe space. It’s a symbiotic process, where the energies of one person will spark something in somebody else.  Magic happens in the room – and…

Who is your audience?

It’s been a while since my last blog post – sorry about that. If you saw the madness that is my life at the moment you would understand. To use a Treasure Island metaphor (as I am currently writing the script for our Christmas show this year – which just happens to be Treasure Island…

Help! I’m a Business Woman

So it’s been quite a while since my last post.  Please forgive me.  It has been one of the busiest years (18 months) of my life with SAVVY Theatre Company undergoing a monumental organisational development process – working with a consultant on our long-term development and ‘bigger picture’ thinking; me PERSONALLY undergoing a crash course…

Accents & Inappropriateness

So today was interesting. What started out as a silly game, ended in a serious discussion. So the game was ‘Signal Murder’ – a version of the classic Wink Murder, where the murderer can use any ‘signal’ to kill i.e. a flick of the finger or cross of the arms.  As detective I have to…