...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.