Women and Theatre: ‘Starting Out’ – London opening

Painfully naked honesty from a kickass female cast.  Thank you for telling our stories’

‘The writing resonated with the young people’s experiences and gave it an authenticity which is hard to deny.’

‘I haven’t seen a piece of theatre so magnificent, electrifying and current as this in a long time.  ‘

With fantastic reviews from the Birmingham performances of Starting Out, we’re really looking forward to opening in London this week.  Performances run from Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 October at Hackney Showroom, with tickets available here or via the Box Office on 020 3095 9747.

Black Country Touring: Bringing dance back to the Black Country…

Black Country Touring are working with the NRTF Rural Dance Initiative to bring a couple of exciting new dance pieces to the region,  Spiltmilk Says Dance by Spiltmilk Dance and  Paradise Lost by Lost Dog. Both shows are being performed at Thimblemill Library in … Continued

Graeme Rose's Blog: The Hand That Feeds – a musical about food crime

Performed outside St.Martin’s in the Bullring on the 14th May 2016, “The Hand That Feeds” was the premiere of a new piece of work by The New Optimists, and the latest in the Narrativium series. The project was the brainchild of New Optimists founder Kate Cooper (who is also the Chair of the Birmingham Food Council), and was written by composer Sara Colman / writer Mez Packer. It addresses an issue that has huge global implications but which is identified and policed all too scarcely. The recent so-called Horsemeat Scandal” helped bring the concept of Food Fraud to public attention, but this headline-grabbing story is just the tip of the iceberg lettuce, so to speak. It is very much hoped that more opportunities for performing the 40-minute song-cycle will be found in the future.

I had the pleasure of directing the piece, which features Anthony Miles and Sam ‘Frankie’ Fox on vocals, Al Gurr on keyboard and Xhosa Cole on a variety of wind instruments. The team were completed with the marvellous Castle Vale Community Choir, who filled in with a variety of cameos. The intrepid Charlotte Gregory, aside from producing the piece, donned her spangles for a featured role as backing singer.

Here is a trailer, edited from the day’s performances by Mat Beckett of River Rea  Films.

The Other Way Works: Performances of A Moment of Madness at Watermans Digital Weekender 2016

We’ll be performing our prototype version of A Moment of Madness at Watermans Arts Centre’s Digital Weekender over the weekend of 12-13th November 2016.

All the information, including booking can be found on Watermans’ website.

This game is played in pairs so tickets are sold as pairs. Four players play at one time, so two pairs together. Sessions last 1 hour. The experience includes some strong language and is only suitable for adults 18+. A pair of tickets costs £10.

Performance times are:
Saturday 12th Nov 2016: 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sunday 13th Nov 2016: 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm

The Other Way Works: Funding awarded for A Moment of Madness prototype development

We’re really pleased to announce that Arts Council England have awarded us a grant to support the development of a prototype of our new project: A Moment of Madness (previously being developed under the name ‘Agent in a Box‘).

Currently at concept stage, A Moment of Madness will be a new kind of spy-themed narrative game. Players provide live support as an agent in the field on a stake-out mission. The paper fragments enclosed in the packages together with a cheap mobile phone that accesses an automated interactive sms, voice call and message system deliver the hour-and-a-half-long narrative experience.

Artistic Director Katie Day will be collaborating with John Sear, an experienced game designer and software developer to create this new kind of narrative game.

We’re excited to be developing the project at BOM Lab, as an R&D Residency there over the summer.

The Other Way Works: The Other Way Works is recruiting new Trustees to join our Board

The Other Way Works is currently recruiting Trustees to join its Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for your skills and experience to make a real difference to the development of an energetic and distinctive charitable arts organisation. We’re looking for people with a passion for theatre, the arts, and innovation, who will help steer, support and advocate for the company.

Click here to download a PDF with all the info

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Par ikvienu cilvēku visā pasaulē


Every five years or so I like to put up a post about translation, that time has come around again and this is the post.

This week a festival in Latvia asked us…

“Dear Roisin, we have to translate the title of the work into Latvian and I wanted to ask you to explain in what way you use “of all the people…” to have exact translation”

What a beautiful question. I love all this stuff about the use of words. So if you don’t want to know the ‘official answer’ then stop reading right now.

Principally “of” in this context means “about” so it is a show “About all the people in all the world” as in “the story of all the people in all the world”

The superfluous second “all” in the title is intended to evoke that famous line in the film Casablanca:
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine” (about 1:35 in) which hopefully implies “of all the people in all the world it had to be you”.

The show is about EVERYONE and ONE PERSON at the same time, in my mind at least the slight ambiguity of the title allows both readings to coexist. Of course it may not work in Latvian. I’m not even sure it works in English!

Roisin came up with a simpler, more elegant formulation:
“Of all the people in all the world, these… were born today.”
“Of all the people in all the world, these… are firefighters in Riga.”
Which should probably become the new ‘official answer’.

mid * point: Stan’s Cafe’s The Gift Sessions: free workshops for fellow theatre makers

This is Stan’s Cafe’s 25th Anniversary year and as part of their celebrations they are reviving The Gift Sessions. Last seen in 1997, these free workshops are open to fellow theatre makers in the locality.

Session #1 has already happened, but you can register for any of the next three workshops via Eventbrite – see below for links:

Session #2 October 17 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gift-session-2-tickets-27521191625
Session #3 November 21 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gift-session-3-tickets-28046495824
Session #4 December 19 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gift-session-4-tickets-28359871138

Graeme Rose's Blog: Cowpat Touring Schedule

MY BIG FAT COWPAT WEDDING – Tour schedule, Autumn 2016 

28 Sept  7.30pm  Newhampton Arts Centre
Dunkley St  Wolverhampton WV1 4AN
Tickets 01902 572090  Book on line here

29 Sept  7.30pm  The Barbour Institute 
Tattenhall  Cheshire  CH3 9PX
Tickets Linda 01829 771374 or Barbara 01829 771649
Book on line here  

30 Sept  7.30pm  Quatt Village Hall 
Quatt  Bridgnorth  Shropshire WV15 6QN
Tickets 01746 781759 or 781214

1 Oct  7.30pm  Meole Brace Peace Memorial Hall 
84 Upper Road  Meole Brace  Shrewsbury SY3 9JP
Tickets 01743 235384

2 Oct  7.30pm  Conquest Theatre
Tenbury Road  Bromyard  Herefordshire HR7 4LL
Tickets 01885 488575  www.conquest-theatre.co.uk

5 Oct  7.30pm   Brasshouse Community Centre 
Brass House lane Smethwick B66 1BA
Tickets 0121 555 5672

6 Oct  7.30pm  Weaverthorpe Village Hall
Weaverthorpe YO17 8HA
Tickets 01944 738037  Book on line here

7 Oct  7.30pm  Skipton Town Hall
Skipton  North Yorkshire BD23 1FD
Tickets 01756 792809   Book on line here

8 Oct  7.30pm Hackforth Village Hall
Hackforth  North Yorkshire DL8 1PE
Tickets 01677 424436  Book on line here

9 Oct 7.30pm  Hutton Rudby Village Hall 
Hutton Rudby  North Yorkshire TS15 0EJ
Tickets 01642 701586   Book on line here

12 Oct  7.30pm  Pattingham Village Hall 
High St. Pattingham  Wolverhampton WV6 7BQ
Tickets TBC  www.pattinghamvillagehall.org

13 Oct  7.30pm  University of Worcester
Henwick Grove  Henwick Grove Worcester WR2 6AJ
Tickets TBC

14 Oct  7.30pm  Norwell Village Hall 
Carlton Lane Norwell  Nottinghamshire NG23 6LF
Tickets: Reserve at the local shop  

15 Oct 7.30pm  Glebe Field Centre 
Glebe Field Close  Crich  Matlock  Derbyshire DE4 5EU
Tickets: 01773 853260 Book Tickets here  

16 Oct  3.30pm  Sturton le Steeple Village Hall
Brickings Way  Sturton Le Steeple  Nottinghamshire DN22 9HY
Tickets TBC   http://www.sturtonward.org.uk


18 Oct  7.30pm Bourton Village Hall
Bourton Village Dorset SP8 5BJ
Tickets 07969 783801 Book Online here

19 Oct  7.30pm  Portesham Village Hall
Portesham Village Dorset  DT3 4NS
Tickets 01305 871925    Book Online here

20 Oct  7.30pm  Sixpenny Handley Village Hall
Sixpenny Handley Dorset  SP5 5NJ
Tickets 07751 525200   Book Online here

21 Oct  7.30pm  Yetminster Jubilee Hall
Yetminster Dorset DT9 6LQ
Tickets 01935 873719   Book Online here

22 Oct 8pm  Black Dog Village Hall
Black Dog Village Nr Crediton  Devon EX17 4QS
Tickets 01363 866434 or they can be bought from Kennerleigh Shop

23 Oct 8.00pm South Brent Village Hall
Station Approach  South Brent  Devon TQ10 9AQ 
Tickets from Artworks Station Road South Brent
01364 649424 or 01364 72617

25 Oct 7.00pm  All Saints Church Hall
Rhys Street  Trealaw Tonypady CF40 2NW
Tickets TBC

26 Oct 7.00pm  Rhossili Village Hall
Rhossili  Swansea SA3 1PL.
Tickets TBC   www.rhossili.org.uk

27 Oct 7.30pm Catbrook Memorial Village Hall
Back Road  Catbrook  Monmouthshire NP16 6NA
Tickets from Andy Pullan on 01291 689474 or via andy_justine@btinternet.com

28 Oct  6.45pm  The India Centre
Sanquhar Street Splott Cardiff CF24 2AA
Advance Tickets via poosinghal@gmail.com   www.indiacentre.co.uk

29 Oct 7.30pm Neuadd Dyfi
Aberdovey Gwynedd  LL35 0NR
Book Online here

30 Oct 6.00pm Calolfan Clydau Centre
Llanfyrnach Pembrokeshire SA35 0BJ
Tickets 01239 798449  or 07771814401 
Book Online here

2 Nov 7.30pm Shap Memorial Hall 
Main Street Shap Penrith Cumbria CA10 3NL
Tickets 01931 716273  www.shapcumbria.co.uk

3 Nov  7.30pm Hamsterely Village Hall
Hamsterley Bishop Auckland Durham  DL13 3QF Tickets 01388 488323   www.teesdalehalls.co.uk

4 Nov  7.30pm Crook St Cuthbert’s Centre
Church Hill  Crook  County Durham DL15 9DN
Tickets 01388 765002www.ourladyandstcuthbertscrook.org.uk

5 Nov 7.30pm Hepscott Parish Hall
Hepscott  Morpeth  Northumberland NE61 6LN
Tickets 01670 514031 

6 Nov 7.30pm Howick Village Hall
Howick Alnwick Northumberland NE66 3LE
Tickets 01665 577384

8 Nov  8.00pm  Graffham Empire Hall
Graffham Petworth West Sussex GU28 0QB
Tickets 01798 867026  Book online here

10 Nov  7.30pm Falmouth The Poly
The Poly, Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG
Tickets 01326 319461 Book online here

11 Nov  8.00pm  Gwinear 71 Churchtown 
Churchtown Gwinear near Hayle TR27 5JL
Tickets TBC

12 Nov  8.00pm The Stithians Centre 
Church Road Stithians TR3 7DH
Tickets 01209 860258
From Sept via The Seven Stars 01209 860003  
Book online here

13 Nov  7.30pm Perranporth Memorial Hall 
Wheal Leisure  Perranporth TR6 0EY
Tickets TBC



Cast Sukhraj Dhillon, Genevieve Helson, Shri Patel and Graeme Rose
Directed by Janet Steel and Steve Johnstone
Design by Abigail King, Music by Sayan Kent

Kali Theatre, in collaboration with Black Country Touring and Arts Alive



Graeme Rose's Blog: The Cowpat Wedding Revisited

My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding, written by Sayan Kent, directed by Janet Steel / Steve Johnstone and produced by Kali Theatre in collaboration with Black Country Touring and Arts Alive, was first created in the Autumn of 2014. With support from the Rural Touring Network, the show toured to Village Halls across England and Wales and was a great success. So popular, infant, that two years later a retour is currently underway.

Here is some information about the show on the Kali Theatre website ….LINK


The cast at Weston House Farm, Chirbury, Salop. with our farmer and inspiration John, who introduced us to the farm and his 220-strong dairy herd. L-R; Shri Patel, Genevieve Helson, Janet Steel, Sukhraj Dhillon, me (feeling quite at home), John Brook and Steve Johnstone.

The new production premiered at Newhampton Arts Centre last week before hitting the country lanes of Shropshire, Cheshire and Worcestershire in its first touring week.

Below is a trailer for the show, edited together from extracts of a performance at The RFH, South Bank Centre, May 2015, and featuring the original cast of Aimee Berwick, Sheena Patel and Aaron Virdee;