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World Stage Design 2013...

September 6, 2013
...is a thing of beauty.

Obviously, I believe in principle that a major event like this should be funded to the hilt, and everyone paid, but apparently, as a nation, we'd rather spend our money on bombs to make our politicians feel big and subsidies to the corporate world, so instead we have an incredible team of volunteers, from students to well-established professionals, from lecturers to visiting performers, putting in a huge amount of work. And the atmosphere is amazing.

It feels like miracle we're here with our production of Stranger, after the dramas we've had with funding, visas and logistical challenges. But Same Stuff Theatre (Hanoi) are in town. It's happening. We've got accommodation provided for the duration, and we've been given rehearsal space and tech support to finish developing the show. A real privilege. But also, when you think about it, how things should be. Far too often the traffic for international collaboration is one-way. And far too often the kind of work we're making is sidelined. WSD has the vision to buck both trends.

I've send the evening updating our project website. Take a look!

It's an encouraging experience as a designer too. A chance to catch up with colleagues and see some of their work, but also to feel recognised. That said, WSD will probably be ignored by the UK press, who rarely take stage design seriously, even when we won the Golden Triga at the Prague Quadrennial - the world prize for the country producing the world's best stage design over the past few years. I remember getting home from Prague and trying to find a mention. I think it was in The Stage but that was it. It was 10 years ago but I haven't forgotten that The Guardian carried an article about an international tiddlywinks competition. But not British success in PQ03.

Nonetheless, World Stage Design is another step forward. A big one. And not only is it only every four years, it's in a different city every time. Who knows when it might be back in the UK? So catch it if you can! Details here.


 

From Hanoi to Cardiff

August 24, 2013
It's a year and a half since I went to Hanoi. Longer since Rob was first invited by Ly and Khiem to work with them on a new project. We've had numerous change of plan.

Since then we've had visa delays, flights changed at the last minute, urgent letters to the ambassador, funding let-downs...  We been caught in the gap left by the Arts Council's lack of joined up thinking: if a major international festival takes place in Wales and you're an English artists invited to particpate there is no majo...
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Oh what new folly is this?

April 25, 2013
The Guardian, 24th April 2013: British culture should be seen as commodity, says Maria Miller

Why is this so dangerous?

The arts have a value that intrinsically cannot be monetised. That's the whole damn point. And that's why commercial success and great art so frequently don't go together. Art and advertising are mutually exclusive ideas. Maria Miller's small-minded agenda will encourage art that has the function and the depth of advertising, at the expense of all we should rejoice in: art's...
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Moving studio

April 25, 2013
I never realised it would be so epic, but Simon Daw and I have accumulated a ridiculous amount of stuff in our four years sharing a studio. That's what comes of making one's own work dependently I suppose. Two full vans and two full car loads later... and we're still not done!

We're moving from ASC to Bow Arts Trust. There's a gallery and a cafe - so come and visit!

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Blue Pages

March 20, 2013
I've been writing articles for Blue Pages, the journal of The Society of British Theatre Designers. I've just posted the most recent one, a response to A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance at Tate Modern. There are also accounts of my work in Pakistan and India, and my riposte to a very frustrating article in the Guardian suggesting that more visual artists should design for theatre. Er... hello! Theatre designers are visual artists, but ones who also have specialist knowledge of theat...
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March update

March 19, 2013
We did A Place at the Table again - probably for the last time unless any venue not only wants it but can also pay for it. It was a great end to the show though - a week's run at Amnesty International UK and the cast on amazing form.

Katharine has left Daedalus, which is quite a loss as she'd made a huge difference in steering the company from something very causal into a formally set-up organisation, with a strong ethical code. She's keen for us to continue the project she was leading, which ...
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Hanoi and other updates

April 6, 2012
I've got a bit behind... So here's my news in a nutshell!

A Place at the Table not only went ahead, to great critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences at Camden People's Theatre and Southwark Cathedral as planned, but also had a one-off performance at Amnesty International. We've now started working on a new piece about the Balkans, peace and nonviolence. it feels like a massive turning point for the company. Pics of the show in situ at the Cathedral to follow soon.

I've been working as tour ...
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Daedalus... Exciting news

September 19, 2011
We're now just on the edge of having secured sufficient funding to go ahead with the completion of A Place at the Table, which we will then show at Camden People's Theatre and Southwark Cathedral. All very exciting. There'll be loads more news no doubt, but you can help with the funding campaign here and keep up with all the news by subscribing to our mailing list.

As ever, www.daedalustheatre.co.uk for more info!

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A second Slice!

September 19, 2011
Slice is now on display at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green (Tayyabs provided us a veritable feast for the opening event!) and in Lahore, at the National College of Arts. Documentation can be seen on our Facebook page. There are only a few more days left though, so whether you're in London or Lahore, you need to hurry!

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SLICE

August 2, 2011
After what feels like an epic few weeks of wrestling with video formats, Skype meetings, late-night carpentry, programming in Isodora, and experimenting with Oyster card tech, the gallery version of SLICE is now at Idea Store Whitechapel, before going to Rich Mix in Bethnal Green and the National College of Arts in Lahore. The online version can be seen at http://www.lahore-london.com/ - it's just a few days old though, so if you spot any mistakes or glitches give us a shout!

Here's a quick de...
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