Chatting to Wandsworth Radio about Street Opera

Last Saturday Artistic Director Joanna Turner headed to Wandsworth Radio to talk about our Cosi Fan Tutte Production. To listen to the broadcast just click the play button above. She also talks a little about our next production by David Mamet as part of National Libraries Week, Reunion & Dark Pony.

We still have a few remaining Cosi Fan Tutte performances in Mitcham, Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Town Centre. Check out the Cosi Fan Tutte production page for details.

On Writing ‘A Secret Life’

Before I met Jo, the artistic director of Baseless Fabric, last year to talk about the possibility of collaborating on a new promenade play, I couldn’t have imagined that six months later, we would have produced a script with verbatim stories from South Londoners as old as 92, which gets delivered to the audience via a smartphone app.

As a playwright, I’ve so far written what you may imagine when you hear the word ‘play’: people sitting in seats, watching actors on a stage. I’ve been to immersive theatre and promenade theatre before, but writing the script for A Secret Life is the first time that I’ve helped create a play that moves — the actors go on a journey out in the world, and you follow them. Read more

Thanks for supporting Drifting Dragons!

A big thanks to everyone who came to the public sharing of our new opera Drifting Dragons inspired by local people’s stories in Merton. We were so pleased that so many people were able to make it and gave us such positive and useful feedback via a lively Q&A session, filmed interviews and questionnaire forms. We’ll now be developing the piece further towards full production on the streets of Merton this summer (and perhaps further afield, who knows) so watch this space…!

Drifting Dragons Public Sharing

We’re having a public sharing of the R&D of our new opera Drifting Dragons on Friday 29th January at 4pm at New Wimbledon Studio. We would love to get your feedback on the three scenes we’ve written so far and your ideas for how the piece could develop. We’re aiming to work towards a full production in the summer in various locations on the streets of Merton so all your ideas would be very helpful! All ages welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Is it hot in here? Jason Hall visits a crematorium

crematorium“I’m sure it’s okay,” says Beth, one of the staff at the crematorium – or crem, as everyone calls it. “But let me just double-check.”

Beth is ringing up her supervisor to check whether or not I can take photos. While she’s on hold her colleague, Jane, offers me a chance to look inside one of the two cremators, both of which are running.

I’m not sure what I expect to see when I look through the cylindrical viewing glass. Perhaps a burning panel of wood or a thick wall of flames. Who knows? But judging by the weakening of my legs, I’m not expecting to see what is clearly the top of a human skull engulfed in fire.

I steady myself. “How…ah…how hot is it in there?” I mumble.

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