Showing posts from June, 2011

From Lucas Petite to Stravinsky

We had two very successful performances of 'The Rise and Fall of Lucas Petite' at the Arches last week.  It seems like the kind of show that may have some legs and I'm looking at the options about taking it to the Edinburgh festival next year.  Need to start planning now.

This week has been all about Stravinsky's 'Renard' that I am assistant-directing with Mark Saunders.  I am working with four second-year actors. There are lots of pics of the rehearsals here.  It's all about a folk-tale involving a fox, cock, goat and hen.  The actors act out the action in front of four male singers and a reduced orchestra.  It's all very silly with lots of rolling around and Chaplin-esque slapstick, with this very complicated, strange music underscoring the whole thing.  It's been great fun, I'm then off for a week before we get stuck into the new writing, we have loads and loads of time to get that together so I'm really looking forward to getting started.…

On The Verge

So today is the opening of 'The Rise and Fall of Lucas Petite' it's been great fun creating this little piece of theatre and I can't wait to put it in front of an audience tonight.  I'm doing both the sound and lighting which is a little risky but, at the same time, it's such a fast moving show that it really needs someone who knows the play to do it justice.  You can read all about the show and it's gestation on my Lucas Petite blog here.

Lucas Petite

It's been a busy couple of days working on a 5 minute version of my play 'The Rise and Fall of Lucas Petite' for the National Theatre of Scotland's 5 minute theatre project.  We had a some fun and made a little mockumentary while we were at it:

The actual 5 minute piece went very well, check it out:

We start rehearsing the full play next week and it's performed on the 20th and 23rd of June at the Arches.  Here's more about the festival that's taking place.  Looking forward to it, very different to anything I've done before.

I had readthrough of Mother Maria with Ann Marie Di Mambro this week as well.  It's all coming together very nicely and it will be extremely exciting to work on it.