I am thrilled to announce two new theatre shows I am developing with two wonderful spoken words artists. Both shows are achingly relevant and we will be scratching, previewing and premiering them in the next few months. Click the links below for more info...Read More
Party Trap by Ross Sutherland is now available to buy.Read More
Our nation is divided. The north, the south. The haves, the have-nots. The cities and the rural communities. Those who benefit from regeneration and those who don't. Those whose local economies thrive off immigrant labour and those who are threatened by it. Are we so different? What can we learn from each other's experiences? What is specific to each community? What's universal? What do we want to tell the world about where we are from? We believe theatre is the best way to safely explore these differences and to celebrate our commonality.Read More
Party Trap by Ross Sutherland opens next week at Shoreditch Town Hall - ahead of its opening here is a little glimpse into what a palindromic play is all about.
Party Trap is a darkly comic, dystopian glimpse of Britain’s near future: experienced entirely in palindromic form. A television journalist and a politician clash live on-air. What begins as a traditional interview slowly unfolds into a waking nightmare. A trap has been set: which side will walk into it?
A television journalist and a politician clash live on-air. What begins as a traditional interview slowly unfolds into a waking nightmare. A trap has been set: which side will walk into it? A darkly comic, dystopian glimpse of Britain’s near future: experienced entirely in palindromic form.
Written by the award-winning writer and Standby For Tape Back-Up and BBC Radio Four star Ross Sutherland.
Original music by Jeremy Warmsley (Summer Camp).
Fight Direction by Jonathan Holby
Lighting Design by Tom Clutterbuck
Produced by Show and Tell.
An amazing thing happened at the show yesterday.
An old couple were sitting in the front row and as soon as I started to speak the lines taken from my Grandad’s memoirs they seemed to, just, connect to it. Little nods and affirmations.
And as I left they came up and introduced themselves. Terry Bonar and her husband of 50 years Willy.
She is my second cousin, my Grandad’s niece and the granddaughter of the man in the poster Big Davy Bonar.
I’ve never met her before and she made the trip down from the highlands to see the show - my great Aunt Jean had, apparently, told her about the it and the fact that I was using the image of my Great Grandfather for the poster.
It was the most incredible experience talking to her after the show after a cup of tea. She was there when my Grandad went off to fight in Burma. She was young, but she remembers him falling out of the window in the hospital and she remembers a young nurse finding him in the broken glass who later became his wife. She remembers his Raleigh Golden Arrow with a 3 speed gear that she wanted so much for herself. She remembers The Nine Arches Viaduct. The Glen Burn. She remembers him returning from Burma. Alive, but changed.
And she told me something I didn’t know; That Big Davy Bonar, every Sunday, took out a bible and everyone had to sit and listen as he read it from start to finish.
Every Sunday. At the same time. Whoever was in the house would have to sit. And listen. Which wouldn’t be so extraordinary except for the fact that Big Davy Bonar never went to church in his life.