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The best festivals for 2014 – an update […] Read more

Event: The Second Breath. Take to the streets for a mystery tour Thumbnail

A great blog about the most recent creative project I’m doing… Originally posted on Gourmet gigs: This event which will be happening for one day in May, brings together clubbing culture, circus skills, a mystery tour and climate change stories. The Second Breath is a walking mystery tour of Leeds, with dazzling circus acts and daring stunts, projections, stories and psychedelic dance music. The […] Read more

Getting My Head Round India – Part 2 Thumbnail

I’m sitting in the Doha Transfer Terminal where I have five hours to fill. It’s the ideal place to pen my second attempt to get my head round India. India is behind me, the UK not yet returned. A sort of neutral space. Limbo. So did I ? Get ? My Head? Round India ? […] Read more

Getting My Head Round India – Part One Thumbnail

I’ve been in India two weeks now. Five days to go. Time to get down some of the thoughts that have been buzzing round my head with every new, extraordinary, shocking, amusing, joyful, surprising, uplifting, unnerving experience. I can’t pretend I’ve been much exposed to the rough and tumble of India. I feel slightly embarrassed […] Read more

Slippy Stuff  : Uninspired by Sochi 2014 Thumbnail

As somebody who isn’t very interested in sport, I nonetheless get pretty excited about Olympic Games.  Against my better judgement actually, given all the corporate flannel that wraps them.  Four years ago I went with some colleagues out to Vancouver during the Winter Paralympics, and very impressive and energising it was.  Vancouver and Whistler, the […] Read more

Warning : This blog contains Bad Language Thumbnail

I’m sure I’m not the only person to have a problem with all this talk of the ‘Living Wage’. Not as a concept or a principle by which a decent society runs, but as a subject which needs discussing at all. It’s one of those pieces of language that’s used without really thinking about what […] Read more


A few months ago I was travelling back from Manchester with friends after seeing a show, realising that the last three small-scale/ experimental/ emerging artist performance pieces we had seen had grandparents at the centre of their narrative.  The writers’ grandparents.  Or fictional ones.  We’d just Seen Dancing With The Orange Dog by the 154 […] Read more