CURRENT & FUTURE PLANS
THE ARK AND THE DOVE
The Ark and Dove is a Storytelling production for family audiences that I am writing, commissioned by actress, Michele O'Brien. As part of the Isle Of Wight Literary Festival, Funded by the Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund.
Based on the gripping true story of the journey undertaken by 200 settlers travelling from the Isle of Wight to Maryland, America in 1633.
The story of this epic journey is told through the eyes of Mary Jennings, a young servant who left all that she knew behind her as she boarded the ship, The Ark, and sailed 3000 miles to a completely new life as part of a community of settlers that established Maryland on the East coast of America. Mary's love of stories as well as her open mind and open heart leads her to form a bond with Mansi, a Native American child who teaches her the ways of the indigenous tribes, through their colourful and beautiful stories. Mary has to endure several hard months at sea, including two terrible storms, she then has to find her feet in a hostile environment in a beautiful and fascinating land. Using beautiful puppetry, varieties of storytelling techniques and audience participation, this production will tour to community venues, schools and art centres in 2020.
Writing & Directing:
Little Red Riding Hood.
‘The Deep Dark Wood is a place of mystery. The path will guide you safely through but beyond the path is where the magic begins. The travelling players know the way, so join them on their next adventure. You may meet three little pigs, a girl with a magic cape and a rather misunderstood wolf!’
I love a good story told to a family audience at Christmas time. Unfortunately most there is to offer usually is the brash and garish panto, if you're lucky it doesn't include 'celebrities' and rude jokes , but they often follow a set pattern with a lot of old jokes and dodgy dames. I prefer my winter entertainment to be more subtle, a bit more inventive, a little thoughtful and genuinely fun for all the family. For the last 5 years I have written and directed a show that takes a well loved but perhaps more obscure fairy tale, mixed it with new songs, many favourite story characters and two stand alone mini stories, all told by a small cast of playful storytellers we call the travelling players. Yes there may be elements of 'panto' that creep in, and there will certainly be audience participation but the emphasis is on a good story, well told. Production values are high but on a modest scale, this show can fit into the smallest village hall venue, taking professional theatre into the heart of the community, in fact to your doorstep.
Little Red will continue a run of fine family fun that brought Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and last year’s hit, Rumpelstiltskin, Forest Forge Theatre have teamed up with Bumblefly Theatre again to bring you a traditional dollop of storytelling with madcap humour, memorable songs and beautiful imagery.
Touring to communities and villages in the South West, from November 30th 2019 – January 19th 2019
The Edge Theatre, working with the Booth Centre, Manchester.
Photo from previous Edge production, 'That's the Trouble with the Poor'
I will be designing this playful adaptation of the Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol', performed by members of the Booth Centre acting company, produced and directed by the good people at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre in Chorlton. Performed in December 2019
I am currently developing a new script about power, choice and the lack of both.
How far would you go to get what you want? A story about disputed land, freedom of movement and taking something that isn't yours...
The Man who Left is not the Man who Returned
In the new year I will design a new play written and directed by Kevin Dyer, commissioned by Farnham Maltings, about the effects of modern warfare on the lives of ordinary people who just happen to be soldiers and their wives. Touring nationally from February 2020.
A NEW PLAY BASED ON THE NOVEL BY LEON GARFIELD.
I will be designing this exciting new play, produced by The Edge Theatre, in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre, touring in May 2020.
SMITH by Leon Garfield.
This brilliant, picaresque novel follows the adventures of an illiterate young ragamuffin known only as Smith. Smith picks the pocket of a stranger, only to witness immediately the strangers murder...
I DON'T TAKE DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.
I am writing a new play that explores life on the street and the connections between the man who sits in the doorway and those who walk by...