A great resource for the STP

I forgot all about this, and I might have posted about it before, but it’s worth doing again I think. It’s a great way to introduce the STP.



Katie Mitchell’s video installation at the V&A in 2011 that refracted Ophelia’s death scene into five 20th-century dramatic styles: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2011/jul/21/five-truths-katie-mitchell-v-a?CMP=share_btn_link


Peter Brook – only found this film yesterday!

“You know there’s always this terrible moment at the beginning of everything, when people come together and all of them are saying what the hell’s it about? What are we doing here? What are we here? And here, it’s to explore something that very few people really see as being a true and almost impossible challenge, which is making theatre that is real, that is alive, that is alive at every moment, that touches one, and in which once hold doesn’t let one go.”

I wonder what would happen if this was also what every classroom aspired to?  What if education also tried to be real, meaningful and in the moment..?


Exciting – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Eighth Story.
Nineteen years later.


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre this summer.

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron, as part of a 42 strong Company.

Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, bringing together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today.


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One of my all time favourite actors: Noma Dumezweni. She gave one of the best performances I have ever seen in Kay Adshed’s ‘The Bogus Woman’. Would love to get a chance to see this show.

Good Chance may be the only chance they have

…between the British-funded razor-wire fences on one side and the French riot police on the other, these two governments have turned the Jungle into a vacuum of their own moral authority. The only thing currently filling that vacuum are the volunteer organisations that have popped up, at the heart of which sits the theatre. For many of the camp’s residents, Good Chance may be the only chance they have.


A great article discussing the efficacy of contemporary applied theatre practice – well actually it reads more like an advert…but still – VERY interesting



What is the Jungle: The jungle’ is the name of an ad hoc encampment of about 6,000 people who have made trans-continental journeys from their home country for a wide array of reasons. There are people here from countries all across the Middle East and Africa, including Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Eritrea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria and more. There are many languages spoken in the camp, and many cultures, situations and stories present.

Company aims:

What is Good Chance Calais?

Our aim is to provide a safe, warm and welcoming space for people to express themselves and their situations in the Jungle in Calais.

We have been up and running since October 29th and will stay for as long as the space is needed by the people here.

We work hard to deliver a full and surprising programme of theatre, art and music events, and are planning residencies by visiting companies from around the world all through winter.

We believe expression is a basic human right for all. In a situation as terrible as this, it is essential.

Complicitie LIVE – March 1st

CAN’T WAIT to listen to this show

They will be live streaming ‪#‎TheEncounter‬ from Barbican Centre on Tuesday 1 March 7.30pm to YouTube.

Watch from the comfort of your own home by subscribing to our YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/1OZZklg


“Inspired by Petru Popescu’s book Amazon Beaming, based on McIntyre’s experiences, McBurney’s piece is a Chinese whisper of a show from a far-distant world that is delivered straight into the audience’s head using binaural technology and headphones. Its intimacy is both an astonishment, and at times, a challenge.” http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/09/the-encounter-edinburgh-festival-review-simon-mcburney