Theatre of Wandering Rehearsal and devising notes [1]

Theatre of Wandering is a new performance that explores care, community, creativity and dementia on the streets of Coventry city centre. Inspired by Night Never Gets Darker, a performance created by Theatre Director Naoki Sugawara from OiBokkeShi (Okayama, Japan) Theatre of Wandering has been co-created with hundreds of people of all agesfrom across the city..  Naoki… Continue reading Theatre of Wandering Rehearsal and devising notes [1]

Finding your way back out

Entelechy Arts BED Tavistock Square London 2017. Image: Peter Jarman. In the 1980s as a young theatre maker I apprenticed myself to a group of women in their eighties and nineties living in the old docklands communities of Bermondsey south London. Born in the late nineteenth century they had survived everything that the twentieth had… Continue reading Finding your way back out

Learning from ‘the gaze of the other’

Four years ago when I visited Saitama Arts Theatre on the outskirts of Tokyo as part of a delegation of UK artists we had the opportunity of meeting with older performers from the GOLD theatre company including Kiyoshi Takahashi. He told the story of how, after joining the company had found himself in hospital for… Continue reading Learning from ‘the gaze of the other’

AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: 21st Century Tea Dance: The Festival Edition

This morning a tantalising preview of a report on the role of the arts in supporting global health drops into my twitter feed; work that has been undertaken by Daisy Fancourt with the World Health Organisation European Region. It’s going to be published in November and covers findings from 3000 studies.  The taster pages contain… Continue reading AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: 21st Century Tea Dance: The Festival Edition

My Aunt was always doing wild things

  The following is the manuscript of an article that I recently wrote, published by Taylor & Francis in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Volume 9 Issue 3, on [October 2018], available online:    It is about some of the ideas that have underpinned the past and current work of Entelechy Arts as the… Continue reading My Aunt was always doing wild things