Arts & Heritage Creative
An article on the adaptation of the Peter Rabbit movie (2018), for the Beatrix Potter Journal.
2012 marked the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic - a liner with an enduring relationship to its home port of Liverpool. The Theatre in the Rough Festival marked this anniversary with a week of live music theatre, live music, talks and a brand new exhibition. These poetic, funny and touching monologues explore and challenge what we think we know about the people aboard the tragic liner. From owner, J. Bruce Ismay, to the Lookout, Fred Fleet, a cast of Liverpool characters portray the city's unique and central role in the Titanic story.
Deep in the dark woods, a woman is held prisoner. But is her sinister captor a predator of the body or her mind? Fairytale and reality blur in Wolf Red, a menacing and entertaining exploration into the dark side of human nature. With skillful physicality and a playful original soundtrack, this solo show from one of the UK's leading physical theatre companies is quirky and disturbingly memorable. With input from renowned international practitioners including the late Nigel Charnock (co-founder DV8), Fin Walker and Lorna Marshall. Winner of Best Choreography, New York United Solo Festival 2015 .
What happens to our brain, body and heart when we 'fall in love'? Why are we attracted to another person? Is romantic love real, and what happens when that initial passion fades? Variations of the Heart is a passionate duet between two women: a story of the human heart, its power, and its many variations. Firstly inspired from Meike Holzmann and Egle Mei's musical project Heart Variations for String Quartet — an incredible story of over thirty people's hearts — this piece is accompanied by music from the project, played live by a string quartet. Commissioned by Tmesis Theatre.
This piece was commissioned for China Plate's Ballot Box Ballads — part of the U-Decide week of politically-inspired work at Unity Theatre Liverpool during election week 2015. In Supernatural Violence, quiet poverty haunts the streets: the spectre of austerity, a ghost of slow decay, is creeping doorsills and devouring kitchens while we sleep. A young girl describes the strange disappearances of the poor and dispossessed on the Gideon Estate, whilst ghostly voices from the political elite haunt her every step.
Red is a remote boy in a removed land, shredded by his war and his lovers Val and Amy — three people savagely in love. It's the unseen, the uncontrollable, that is slowly killing them all. Val and Red call each other mother and son, and fight over the pungent durian fruit with sexual brutality. Amy has missed Red like a hunger, like an insatiable bloodlust. And in the outhouse, someone or something is bleeding to death... violently. A poetic debut play that trawls around the basis of existence — a refreshingly powerful take on the age-old battle: Love. Published by Nick Hern Books.
Bearplate Theatre produced the The Track of the Cat at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at the Eugene O'Neill Festival in California. The play is adapted from the novel Track of the Cat by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. 1900. An isolated ranchhouse in the Sierra Nevada. The Bridges are on the verge of meltdown. A once powerful pioneer family, they are trapped by the early arrival of the first winter storm and an unseen but terrifying black panther destroying their livestock. Whilst the two eldest sons embark upon a deadly murder-trail to end the veiled cat, the youngest navigates a visit by his fiancée through the dark dynamics of their pious mother and alcoholic father, as the captivating visitor lays bare the dying heart of a crumbling clan. Meanwhile, the ancient dreams and rituals of their native American manservant embody the devastating consequences upon the Bridges when faced with an inescapable evil that they don't understand. Set at the end of the silver boom, The Track of the Cat depicts the death-rattle kitchen sink erosion of a once wealthy family when economic collapse occurs, and the effects of man's barbaric materialism upon the natural and spiritual world.
In 2009, I was commissioned by the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and Lime Pictures to write a short drama to mark the 150th anniversary of Darwin's On the Origin of Species. This was for Channel 4's Three Minute Wonder series. A woman proves the extraordinary lengths to which she is willing to go to protect her home when the local council plans to demolish it in the name of regeneration, and in so doing proves the power of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.