Just quickly, chums, to keep you in what I know you think of fondly as "the loop".
I'm shortly off to Bradford, for a first showing of my new lickle piece Where You Stand, as part of a triple-bill called -- and who can fault this? -- Three, with Chris Thorpe and Rachael Walton. I'm excited about returning to Theatre in the Mill (where Hey Mathew nearly started a diplomatic incident eighteen months ago) -- nice space, nice people. Also I am, frankly, titillated in the extreme by the prospect of the B&B we've been booked into, about which one online reviewer had this to say:
"Worse than hell"Appalling never book this crap place in your worst dreams. Rude uncurteous unhelping people. No Electricity and heating not working. Disgusting woman caretaker with no human values.Liked — NothingDisliked — Nothing was likeable
From there we're off to Manchester for a couple of showings of Three at Queer Up North. I think we're going to have a fun time. It'll be especially good to spend some ker-wality time with Chris Thorpe, one of the most snoggable playwrights since, like, Ibsen.
And then back to London on Saturday for Tim Etchells's Futures and Pasts weekend at the ICA, where I'm taking part in an event called Some of the Futures, in which seventeen various artists (and producers and thinkers and etc.) present more-or-less back-to-back half-hour lectures on the future(s) of live performance. I think it's going to be a fascinating day -- though regrettably I won't be there for much of it other than my own contribution, which is frustrating as there are lots of folks I'd like to hear: the line-up includes Ron Athey, Matt and Ju from Blast Theory, Joe Kelleher, Judith Knight, David Micklem and the brilliant Annie Lloyd, among others. Anyway, I'm scheduled to be on at 7pm. I don't yet know what I'm going to say; my current plan for writing my presentation during a week with not much time to spare is, instead of writing a 30 minute lecture, to write 30 one-minute lectures. For some reason that seems easier. Or at least it did until I just wrote it down. Hm.
Thereafter it's straight into rehearsals for Henry & Elizabeth so things are pretty busy and this post is I suppose partly to say sorry if things are quiet here for the next little while. Of course normally when I say that, I somehow end up posting twice as much as usual, so who knows.
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