As you’re visiting this site may I just hope that you’re safe and well wherever you are?
Like most people involved in live and recorded media nearly all my projects have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled for the foreseeable future which is of course very concerning and sad for all of us. However there are artists out there much more disadvantaged and I have huge empathy and respect for them in these difficult times.
It has been possible to start work on the early stages of a new solo show with Gerard Logan, who I have collaborated with so rewardingly for many years. His performance of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece, as Oscar Wilde in Wilde Without the Boy and The Ballad Of Reading Gaol and most recently as the Storyteller in Night Terrors – the Supernatural tales of E.F. Benson have been hugely successful so a sequel to this last piece is already in (socially-distanced!) rehearsal. This time we are using one story each from three acknowledged masters of the genre – M. R. James, Henry James and E. F. Benson again – in a programme called Hauntings. In a spirit of optimism we are planning to take both ghost story pieces to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 as well as regional touring before and after.
Trinity College London has had to suspend most of its examining programme in Speech and Drama especially overseas – so my globetrotting wings have been clipped for the time being. Similarly the work of PPAD assessment and monitoring is mostly on hold as drama students continue to prepare for their professional lives on virtual platforms.
The Mousetrap tour which I have directed for the past two years has sadly been cancelled which is a huge disappointment to all of us. It was very sad to have to say au revoir to such a great cast and crew.
On a more positive note recording studios are opening and I make my first foray back into the world of audiobooks at the end of July and have four Maigret novels to record during August…which brings us in sight of the end of this hugely enjoyable project
More importantly the Govt. intervention on behalf of the Arts was a wonderful and heart warming announcement, and will mean the saving of hundreds of jobs and great venues throughout the country. Now we just need to be able to fill them with live performances! Fingers crossed….