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The Story of One

I will often advise people to focus their story on a single character if they have a big idea to sell. We want to understand an idea, we want to connect to the humanity of a story and that becomes hard when we’re dealing with large topiccs. The tale of an individual is often what makes a subject relatable. I’m …

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Great Adaptations (I Expect…)

WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS about season 5 of Game of Thrones  Adaptation from one medium into another is an interesting thing. This week I’ve seen a number of examples where works have been adapted from existing material, with a varying degree of success. First off, although only one episode in, its clear that Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell could …

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A Blood Soaked Smile

Theatre is a transformative storytelling medium. Musical theatre doubly so. Last Friday night I got to revisit a piece of my musical theatre past. In 1988, as an impressionable 17 year old drama student, I got to see the RSC production of Carrie – the musical in Stratford. It’s a show that has gone down in history, due to the fact …

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The Art of Sharing

This TED talk by Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking is one of my favourites. Mostly because it feels like the story of my life. I’ve recently read the book that came out of this talk and that cemented it. Fear. I’ve been terrified for a large portion of my life of asking for things. That shame. As Amanda …

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The Week That Was

I think I’m finally recovered. Last week was one of the most rewarding of my career. The workshop and development performances of Richard the First were better than I could have imagined. The cast and creative team worked hard and the results spoke for themselves. I’m so proud to have been a part of the process. I learnt so much. …