Saturday, 25 November 2017

Taming the wild

In the last R&D sessions held over the weekend of 3rd-5th November, the actors explored activities to do with preparation- of leather, of food -as both things of necessity and also rituals of preparation.
Alongside this their work in hawk versus the 'tamer' continued.

Up high in a rehearsal space near London Bridge it was great to see so much sky.
What keeps catching my attention when I am near Borough is the sight of the top 'up pointed wings' of the Shard.

The thing about love is that if it is just meeting your own needs then it isn't love at all.

"She's gone; I am abused, and my relief
Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage,
That we can call these delicate creatures ours,
And not their appetites!"

Othello Act III:iii.267

If you tame the wild, do you take from it and therefore diminish what drew you to it in at the start?

"And in conclusion, she shall watch all night:
And if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake."

Taming of the Shrew Act IV:i.208


Monday, 2 October 2017


Autumn Hawk R&D

Over the summer things have been bubbling away and I have had two creative meetings with my mentor SJ.
I have also been in touch with a writer whom I have worked with before to suggest the possibility of some collaboration. As this series of images begins to sort and take shape and as the central themes start to emerge, I am needing to move this R&D into its next phase.

For inspiration I have had the chance to observe some birds of prey over the summer and on a practical level I have now been in touch with actors who have worked with me on this to date and am pencilling in the first weekend of November as the next research period for this piece in development.

Some thoughts and directions for the story/s:
The work in the animal is paramount.
The integrity in the wild creature that the human creature is seeking.
Controlling the uncontrollable.
Parallel stories of nurture and abuse.
The bird as image of the soul (her soul)
People are drawn to this wild thing- this strange thing
It is a story of a certain kind of human failure.
It is a story of salvation. 


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Week six

Some good meetings to move me along this week with my CDD pitch!

A further R&D session housed in Italia Conti's South London premises with an actor who had trained under Catherine Clouzot! as well as former students of mine, produced some small scenes which left us all feeling very inspired.

The improvisations moved into text and with five generous actors in the room there was the possibility to do so much. I am really thrilled that each of them continues to be able to put aside their time and that they want to commit to this exploration which really feels as though it is beginning to gather momentum.

The nature of the work which is constantly about incorporating the observation of the animal or bird into the actor's body through detailed and specific activities is hugely physical work. The Imaginative Improvisation that goes hand in hand with Transformation was absolutely allowing the actors to work fully in mind and body so as to live truthfully and freely in the detailed imaginary worlds we explored yesterday evening.

"Woman Catching a Flea",  Georges de la Tour