Ideas & Inspiration

Treading your Own Pathway

Lately I’ve been reviewing (in my head) the nature of creativity and imagination and the ways in which our society supports and/or controls it. In our world of tick boxes, targets and constant exams to measure your worth against rigid criteria, it is no surprise that true creativity is not Read more…

By muse, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

Ghosts on Stage

What is it about ghosts? Why are they so fascinating on stage? Personally, I just love the murky, shady world of the unknowable land of the dead. Putting them on stage is a challenge I relish. They crop up rather a lot in my plays as well, so that’s just Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

Me and my set

I have a very intimate relationship with my set when I’m directing a show. Very, very intimate and important. The set is something that starts to take shape in my mind long before the cast have appeared. As I read the script I start to play around with ideas. How Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

Art and Inspiration ..

Inspiration is a funny thing. It arrives without warning, disappears without trace when you think you're on a roll and just occasionally it really surprises you by jumping out of a dark corner and shouting 'here I am come and get me' before running off into a cupboard and locking the door. At least .. I think that's inspiration. Equally it may also apply to many other things, including bottles of expensive champagne. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

What Inspiration?

I just sat down at my computer, I looked at the blog wondering what I might write tonight and casually clicked on the category 'inspiration' (next to 'soapbox'). It seemed like the right thing to do. The page I landed on announced 'page or resource not found', which amused me a great deal (I considered leaving it like that forever). So true ..... (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Bring children to see Beauty & the Beast!

Not so much an order as a strong suggestion borne out of a great love for ‘children’s stories’ and much less love for the dumbing down of children’s stories…. What am I talking about? Well, time for me to explain exactly where I’m coming from in terms of children’s stories on stage. I have always loved children’s stories, myths, legends, fairy tales – you name it, they’re great! Why? (more…)

By Barbara, ago