Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hooded Falcon

Do not be deceived by the term 'hooded' and the soft cloth images that might spring to mind from using the word hood.
The hood is more of a shell or casing that fits snugly and completely over the eyes of the bird of prey.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Raptor research with Peter Hurst - Falconry Southeast

During this week of development for 'Hawk', actors in the company spent a morning at Quex Park Estate with falconer Peter Hurst.
Pete gave us lots of insights into hawk training and also let us just spend time observing the birds of prey. It was a valuable morning of research which fed into rehearsals that afternoon.

Monday, 12 March 2018

More Goshawk

And now, early spring, is the time when I might see a pair of goshawks...

Thanks to the evening spent chez Alastair at Sparrow's Hanger in Hampshire and for alerting me to the poem
The Gay Goshawk

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