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 …

Peter Billingham – It’s Simply the Memory.

Peter Billingham – It’s Simply the Memory. Peter was a wordsmith, a term I wouldn’t have used when I first met him, but I think best describes how he worked with words in performance. This is what I mostly remember about him: his love of words, the muscularity of his writing, his belief in the importance and uniqueness of the …

Eleven Months a Councillor and Everything is Cancelled!

Eleven Months a Councillor and Everything is Cancelled! 3 weeks ago I was campaigning for the next local election, counting out and bagging up leaflets and letters for local delivery. I was standing again this year due to the uncanny result in the last local election. Then COVID-19 kicked in and the election got cancelled. 2 weeks ago I was …

It’s Winter time. We had an election…another one!

It’s Winter time. We had an election…another one! I think I now know why calling a General Election for this particular December 12 triggered a deep reaction in my soul.  It thrust me back to December 12, 1970  when my sister Melanie was born.  Images, thoughts and feelings crashed in on me with the announcement that we had to have …

Collaboration, Collapse and Creativity

I recently gave a presentation for M.A. students at Salford University about some collaborative projects I have experienced in my work over many years. The Twins and I The Twins and I Tributaries Tributaries brochure 1993 Tributaries flyer 1993 and most recently Rooting a Creative Project (Keer to Kent Summer 2018) Nurturing a Creative Project (Keer to Kent Winter 2018-19)