It’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything – so here’s what’s been going on…
The last time we posted anything was in March – even then we didn’t really talk about what we’d been up to. Once The Secret Agent finished, I started working on Beckett’s Happy Days with Natalie Abrahami, Juliet Stevenson and David Beames at The Young Vic. It was a great experience and a fantastic team to work with. It’s coming back next year in February, so if you didn’t catch it first time around…
After that it was workshops and theatre O time. I gave a couple of workshops for the Young Vic on devising theatre – very usefully Carolina was able to join me on one of those, so we had a chance to explore some ideas for ‘Sheriff’ as well.
We also continued to develop ideas with Daria Martin for her film inspired by Mirror Touch Synaesthesia – we’ve just had to postpone the filming weeks, but it looks like that’ll be made early next year. I’ll be directing, Carolina is in it along with Anamaria Marinca and Myles Westman – Simon Stephens has written the script in collaboration Daria and I. This included a fascinating symposium at the Tate Modern, most of which was documented on video.
Then it was off to Berlin, back to the Staatsoper to revive Le Vin Herbé, which I made there with Katie Mitchell last year.
Then back again (!) to make a new production, putting together Beckett’s ‘Footfalls’ with Morton Feldman’s ‘Neither’.
Now it’s back with theatre O and Sheriff and making a plan for next year. Next up for Carolina is workshopping Treasure Island for the National Theatre and Polly Finlay. She’ll be on board as Movement Director. In September I start a long stint with Katie Mitchell – first on The Cherry Orchard and then on a new opera for kids, The Way Back Home, inspired by the wonderful book by Oliver Jeffers – both at the Young Vic.
And then it’s Christmas!
So – a very busy year – full of inspiration. It’s so good to work on all these different projects in such varied contexts. Most of all we can’t wait to get all our plans in place for Sheriff – which is in fact 2 shows – so that we can bring it to you next year!
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