The man is in his counting-house counting out his money

The man is in his counting-house counting out his money J:“… Data Protector/Accountant in The House…. emerged from your exploration of the pressure to perform value inside a system that is squeezing the life out of you. The figure of the Data Protector/Accountant echoes my experiences of trying to support social theatre practice in various ways as an evaluator by …

The Southport born Suffragette

During my artist’s residency at Heron Corn Mill in Cumbria (2017-2019) I was researching into the Westmorland based early 20th century writer Constance Holme, coined as the Northern equivalent to Thomas Hardy and George Eliot but not nearly as famous or as widely read. As part of the research I investigated her family tree and discovered Constance had a cousin …

The Gift Horse – on volunteering

The Gift Horse – on volunteering The casualisation of the creative workforce is like the pandemic. It is highly contagious, spreading fast and creating a sub-culture of artists, makers and artist-academics who are not only taken for granted but are being utterly exploited and expected to be grateful for that exploitation. Having several years experience working in sometimes unpaid collaborations …

Mapping a New direction in a Creative Journey: Follow the Stone Part One

Mapping a New direction in a Creative Journey: Follow the Stone[1]Part One  Then and Now Here follows a series of posts reflecting on recent creative explorations I have been making. These reflections coincide with a podcast I was invited to do recently for Per Stellas and an invitation to facilitate and direct students in a creative project we are calling  …

The Trouble With Statues

The Trouble with Statues The trouble with statues is they are too big for cupboards.  Once in situ – that’s it, unless through some vigorous act they are torn down, usually with the aid of ropes, chains and muscle. I have been very moved by the Black Lives Matter protests but feel utterly inept in commenting so I will just …

Performing Poverty and Sickness: reflections on ‘The House’ (2015) and ‘COVID’ (2019)

Performing Poverty and Sickness: reflections on ‘The House’ (2015) and COVID (2019) We are living in “unprecedented” times we are told daily through the government performance talks on the telly which in this third month have become extremely tiring and worn out like overlong runs of badly done Shakespeare. Friday Night quiz nights with family and friends in and from …