Edinburgh Stories

I’m not a critic, but I wanted to get my thoughts down on ‘paper’ about the fine work I’ve seen in the past few days. I came up to Edinburgh for the festival to see some venues, look at potential producing opportunities and storytelling collaborations. I found all that an more. I saw ten shows, and of those I enjoyed …

Story Brexit

The Dark Arts: Battling in the Story Wars

As we wake up today to the possibility of a UK outside of the European Union it’s interesting to consider how the stories each campaign told have impacted the results. The results were close and the vote for Leave is something many just didn’t see coming. So how did we get here? This isn’t a post about whether it’s right …

Star Wars – The Force Awaiting

I’m a fan boy and my life is going to be hell until December 18. I’ve watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens on my feeds slowly fill with pictures, rumours and reveals about what’s to come. With the release of the final trailer this week the banks have burst, creating a flood of speculation and commentary as the anticipation swells …

The Power of Stories

The business of story Stories are how people make sense of the world – they are the common mythology that links all of us. Story naturally connects with our emotions, fire the neurons in our brains and help us focus on the things that matter to us. Even the phrase ‘once upon a time’ triggers our storytelling mode. Why does …

Soundtrack Storytelling

There’s something magical about musical stories. As a composer and writer of music theatre I may be biased. One of the many things I love about music theatre are the recordings. Of course you can’t beat the live experience of the performance, but there has always been something about the cast recording of a show that has captivated me. As …

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 …

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 …

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. …