Spoken Word

GaryDirecting, Performing, Writing

This post originally appeared on the Piaf Remembered website… When Katy Jungmann asked me to become involved in Piaf Remembered I was, to be honest, a little reluctant. Katy’s idea was to produce a short piece featuring the songs of Edith Piaf, but with a more theatrical slant than the normal gig. This would mean heading down the path of … Read More

De Profundis – The Voice of Three

GaryPerforming

I’ve just returned from Aldeburgh where I spent the week working with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki and dancer Hanna Wroblewski. Bartosz is in residency at Aldeburgh and has used his visits there to developed a piece called De Profundis – The Voice of Three. Described by Bartosz as “a creation of a dialogue between three contemporary forms of art: accordion music, text, … Read More

Stratford City & The New Oz

GaryPerforming

I was approached through a friend by Hilary Powell to act as Ozymandias/Dorothy/Wizard at UCL Urban Lab as part of an installation Stratford City & The New Oz – an installation and exploration of the nebulous idea of legacy in relation to the London 2012 Olympics. “This installation arises from the issues and contents of the book ‘The Art of Dissent: Adventures In … Read More

Collaboration

GaryPerforming

I spent 2 days at the end of last week working (as a performer) on a new adaptation of a play. I attend rehearsals as both as a performer, and as a director. I often attend as both when directing for The New Factory. Common to my experience as both a performer and director, is my ever present sense of … Read More

Mosquito Day

GaryDirecting, Mosquito Day, Performing, Writing

As part of their Mosquito Day celebration I was asked by The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to write and direct a short 25 minute piece exploring the discovery of the mosquito transmission of Malaria by Nobel Prize winner Sir Ronald Ross in 1897. In the event I also played the role of Sir Ronald. The whole thing … Read More

Filming Lenin’s Lunch

GaryDirecting, Film, Performing, The New Factory

I love filming, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I love working. Working with people who want to produce something (however difficult the circumstances of production, or the paucity of practical resources) is always a pleasure. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about my feelings on the filming of staged performances, but have always wanted … Read More

Lenin’s Lunch

GaryDirecting, Film, Performing, The New Factory

The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor are making a film… Sounds very grand, but to be clear this is not a multi-camera high budget short. It is certainly short, a 12 minute work called ‘Lenin’s Lunch’ which unsurprisingly is about Lenin trying to eat his lunch, but the filming itself is to be deliberately lo-fi. This is a collaboration … Read More