Giving Thanks... by Rob Watt

This is traditionally the time of year to give thanks - generally because at this time of year we are all a little bit drunk all of the time and this allows us to be lower our guard and gush. Well, that is certainly true for me - I may have had a Bailey's while writing this!

I have had an extraordinary year of making work with brilliant people in brilliant spaces and I want to take this opportunity to thank them. 

I had the pleasure of working on the Barbican Box project again this year where I worked with Toeneelgroep Amsterdam led by Ivo van Hove. This project continues to be an inspiration to many young people and teachers across East London. I had a great time working with Mossborne School (Hackney), Buxton School (Leytonstone) and Sydney Russel School (Dagenham). 

I got introduced into a raucous, rude and riotous world of sexiness by the empress of blag Vanessa Kisuule. It has been a humbling, powerful and crunchy time making this important show and I am proud to say I have been involved in its evolution. Huge thanks to Vanessa for taking me on as he confidant, provocateur and general irritant. This show would not have been possible for it not for the wizardry of the brilliant Liz Counsell and sublime movement of Lucy Bairstow. SEXY will be coming to a venue near you in 2018...

It's always a brilliant thing when the seed of an idea blooms. Throughout 2017 I worked with the word magician Francesa Beard to create a show that explored our new “post-truth” world that's had enough of experts and asks what is the global cost of make-believe? By working with the dedicated and exceptional Tom McAndrew we were able to bring a group of brilliant creatives to realise this complex and beautiful show. Huge thanks go out to Charlie Morgan Jones for his gorgeous lighting design, Jethro Cooke for his haunting sound design, Shawn Soh for his epic video and costume design, Matt Mifsud for the poster design, the Arts Council for believing in us and giving us money! Full touring information coming soon...

Over the last year, I have worked with an inspiring writer, four awesome directors, four brave theatres and four distinct community groups in the first phase of Headlong Future before it starts proper next year. So huge thanks to; Stef Smith, Jon Randall, Tricia Gordon, Julia Head, Lucy Hunt, Jayne Williams, Lee  Hart, Faith Collinwood, Brewery Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, New Perspectives, Theatre Royal Plymouth.

A Wild World

In the Summer I worked with a group of extraordinary young people with a variety of needs and made a show about holding onto childhood. This show would not have been possible if it were not for the following people: Immediate Theatre, Jo Paul, Jo Carter, Charmian Humphrey, Jerome Boothe, Gary Horseman. 

For the second year running, I had the opportunity of directing a show at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona. Huge thanks to Drew Mulligan, Valentina Ricci, Amadeus Solernou, Emma Groves-Raines, Pedro Vaz, Olivia Owens. As well as the cast: Samantha Atkin, Olivia Atkinson, Juan Callirgos, Vegard Eliassen, Rebecca Fixemer, Annamad Hjortass, Sina Klinski, Patrizia Maio, Rafaela Nicolay, Paula Ortiz, Riccardo Portone, Antonio Rob, Lisa Ullrich, Kimberley Van Der Leeuw

In November I was reminded why I make theatre, why telling stories is so powerful and how theatre can be truly a democratic experience. I was a co-director with the hugely talented Segun Olaiya and we worked with 10 extraordinary young people and a brilliant team to make a show that explored the idea of fame, freedom and what you would give up to get back the things you have lost. Huge thanks go to Lyric Hammersmith, Catherine Nicholson, Charlie Farrant, Cass Conteh. 

I also worked with a lot of other brilliant people who I would like to thank:

This year has been truly fantastic. So many people enabled me to make the work I wanted to. It is likely I have missed people (mainly due to the Baileys!) so please get in touch if I have. 

Gush over!

Have a fabulous 2018...

Rob X

Love and Information trailer released by Rob Watt

Someone sneezes. Someone shares a secret. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone can’t feel pain. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic lights. Someone’s never felt like this before.

In this fast-moving kaleidoscope more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

25 - 28 October 2017, Institute Of The Arts Barcelona


Samantha Atkin, Olivia Akinson, Juan Callirgos, Regard Eliassen, Rebecca Fixemer, Annamad Hjortass, Sina Klinski, Patrizia Maio, Rafaela Nicolay, Paula Ortiz, Riccardo Portone, Antonio Rob, Lisa Ullrich, Kimberley Van Der Leeuw


Director & Dramaturg: Rob Watt

Design: Valentina Ricci

Lighting: Amadeus Solernou

Sound: Rob Watt

Voice: Olivia Owens

Poster Image: Clem Onojeghuo

Producer: Institute of the Arts, Barcelona

Catch 'Missing Episode' on BBC2 this Saturday...(it's my first BBC credit!) by Rob Watt


Missing Episode

I have once again had the pleasure of working with the wizard that is Ross Sutherland on Missing Episode airing on BBC 2 as part of Performance Live. 

On 7 October 1997, Ross Sutherland was watching EastEnders with his parents when there was a knock at the door. He never saw the end of that episode. Now, 20 years later, Ross returns to his family home to revisit the events of that night, with a little help from EastEnders. Aided by musician Jonnie Common, Ross remixes that fateful episode into an audio-visual poem, finding new meanings hidden in the background of the soap.

Part of Performance Live, this film was produced and developed in partnership with Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre to showcase some of the most exciting artists working in performance today.

Broadcasts on Sat 7 Oct 2017, 22:30


Producers: Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing

Executive Producer: Emma Cahusac

Series Producer: Andrew Fettis

Production Company: Loop Projects Limited

Writer & Performer: Ross Sutherland

Musician: Jonnie Common

TV Director: Charlie Lyne

Theatre Director: Rob Watt

Sexy Post-Truths; two brand new shows... by Rob Watt

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... 

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Fostering Bold Conversations Across a Divided Nation by Rob Watt

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.

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