Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kindle Theatre: A Journey Round My Skull & Lady GoGo Goch

These are 2 new pieces in development.

A Journey Round My Skull charts an extraordinary medical odyssey that places the audience as a collective patient, while Lady GoGo Goch explores the fire, wildness and the beauty of the Welsh voice. Expect some loudness.

Alicja Rogalska, PILOT Night, 2012

A Journey Round My Skull

A Journey Round My Skull will be a one woman theatre show that takes its name and inspiration from the extraordinary and perversely funny memoir written by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy. The book documents the symptoms and ultimate removal of the benign brain tumour that the writer suffered in the 1930s. Written in collaboration with Perrier-nominated writer Nick Walker and set to a binaural sound design developed with Professor David McAlpine, UCL, this performance casts the audience as collective patients to chart a moving, disturbing and sometimes humorous course of illness, exploring the lengths we might go to to cure ourselves.

In Jan 2013 we showed work-in-progress ideas at Bristol Ferment and in May we took A Journey Round My Skull to PULSE Fringe:

I really loved A Journey Round My Skull and think its got great potential. Cuing surgical sounds from audience members is an inspired idea!“ Ed Collier, 2013 Director Pulse Festival
Ominous and powerful, this production by Kindle Theatre takes the audience through a fully immersive experience of brain surgery.“ audience feedback

Graeme Rose's Blog: aces of spades

photo: Bungle

‘Bobbi Rage’ & ‘Dave the Roadie’ clear a pathway into The Furies lair. photo: Jon ‘Bungle’ Blackford

A glorious homecoming for Kindle Theatre’s The Furies last saturday, which, despite the best efforts of the weather, refused to deter the hardy fans who battled snowdrifts and iced-up roads to get there and who rolled up at A.E.Harris-venue wearing appropriate protective gear. Not-so Bobbi Rage and Dave the Roadie, who will perform any cheap stunt, it seems, to draw an audience. The Furies was presented as part of the fortnight-long Theatre Fever programme which was choc-ful of West Midlands talent. I spent week one performing in Stan’s Cafe epic adaptation of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, which was commissioned by and premiered at Warwick Arts Centre. In week two I was only too pleased to catch Soul City Arts’ If Walls Could Speak, Untied Artists For Their Own Good and Bodhan Piasecki’s Palimpsest City before time ran out. Dare I say it, I had too much on…

Hot news off the press reveals that The Furies next outing will be in Gateshead as part of the much celebrated GIFT Festival (5th May).

Ps. Regular visitors to this site will know that I’ve slowed down my contributions to this site to a sad minimum; I’ve been losing heart, there’s no better way of putting it. It’s not that there’s been nothing to write about – far from it –  but sometimes that small space between action and inaction seems so monumental not even the efficacious tinctures from Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (administered through a clyster-pipe) have been able to prod me into committing to the page. Now, in a rare moment of activity, I’m tagging this post ‘naked’ and ‘shovel’ in an attempt to stoke up the dynamism and encourage the traffic back. Apologies, all. Thanks for sticking with me through the lean times x.

mid * point: Jane Packman Company- A Thousand Shards of Glass

mac birmingham
Tue 16 April-
Sat 20 April
Tickets £10.00 (£8.00)

Tickets: £10 (£8)

Age: 14+

Please note – This show contains occasional strong language and sudden, loud noises as part of the show.

An unstoppable action thriller – narrated live and in 3D!

In a diminished world of screens and virtual-reality, join our resistance heroine as she sets out on a mission to break some glass and change the world.

Inspired by graphic novels and insurrectionist texts, A Thousand Shards of Glass combines an extraordinary solo performance, evocative sound design and a rich rhythmic text, to take you into a fantastical world. Be prepared for time travel, for exotic climates… and to find yourself becoming complicit in a conspiracy.

“…the tale that Ellinson spins takes place in the vast landscape of our imaginations. Seated in our circle of chairs, gazing across at one another, the audience configuration is reminiscent of the campfire – a forum for fantastical stories since stories began.” Catherine Love, Exeunt

Jane Packman Company work collaboratively to create evocative performances that take you somewhere else.

Developed by the company

Directed by Jane Packman

Written by Ben Pacey

Performed by Stage Award Best Solo Performance nominee Lucy Ellinson

Music and Sound by Lewis Gibson

Photo by Chris Keenan

Costume sourced by Emily Ayres

JPC Producer Thomas Wildish


Commissioned and made at Theatre In The Mill, Bradford.

Supported by mac birmingham.

Funded by Arts Council England

mid * point: Producer Opportunity

ICU Transformational Arts Limited seeks an experienced Tour booker/producer for the National tour of a groundbreaking one woman show

About us

ICU Transformational Arts Limited is a not for profit organisation that successfully delivers innovative creative arts programmes which empower vulnerable people, particularly disadvantaged women and young people to break destructive behaviour patterns such as sexual abuse and exploitation and unlock their full potential. For more information about ICU visit:

Please register your interest by emailing the following details:

  • An expression of Interest that summarises your experience in booking national tours and your interest in this post.  Please explain why you are suitable for this position and provide evidence of your ability to match the essential criteria outlined below.
  • A comprehensive CV (including any web links) giving details, where appropriate, of relevant achievements.
  • The contact details of 2 referees (including telephone contact numbers which will be used with discretion)

Applications and further enquiries are to be sent to:

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 9th April, 4PM 2013

Please note: The position is part time, the salary and hours are negotiable & will be discussed in further detail with those selected for an interview.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum of two years experience of booking national tours.
  • Must be well-connected, knowledgeable and have proven experience of strong relationship building
  • Must have excellent negotiating skills and good relationships with theatres & media
  • the ability to organise and prioritise work
  • the capacity to meet deadlines and keep calm under pressure
  • The ability to use own initiative
  • Good knowledge of regional & national audiences
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  •  Must work well in a collaborative environment and communicate effectively
  • Marketing experience (venue and/or touring based) is advantageous but not compulsory
  • Excellent track record in fundraising is advantageous but not compulsory
  • Experience of working with education, community and health sectors is advantageous but not compulsory
  • Must be a Strategic, analytical, creative and innovative thinker
  • 100% committed to ensuring the success of the tour

mid * point: News from Capital Theatre Festival

We’re very excited to announce that Cuddles, by Joseph Wilde, will be produced by Ovalhouse and Arch 468 in May.Cuddles was one of three plays showcased at Capital Theatre Festival last year, and we’re delighted that it’s found a home at Ovalhouse.

Capital is an independent theatre festival designed to nurture, celebrate and promote the work of writers and theatre-makers in the West Midlands and beyond. Provisional dates for 2013 are 20-24 November at mac birmingham. Sign up to our mailing list for news and updates

Cuddles by Joseph Wilde
Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
14 May – 1 June 2013, 8pm

Box Office: 020 7582 7680

Eve is a 13 year old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about the world and herself comes from what her sister Tabby has told her.

Eve lives in a world without sunlight. A world where Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggins and the cast of Dante’s Inferno are real; where princes with adjectives instead of names seduce beautiful princesses against the odds. A world crammed full of story book characters but with just one living, breathing human being to cuddle.

Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should, including drinking her (human) sister’s blood. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins and, in a breath, the whole world changes.

Cuddles is the stunning debut play from Capital award-winning young playwright Joseph Wilde.

“Arch 468 is a laboratory for incubating the theatre of the future”
Richard Godwin for the Evening Standard

mid * point: Job Advert – amendment

Last week’s published job advert for the Designers Formation was mistakenly listed as the Designers Forum. Full details again below:

Co-ordinator : The Designers Formation Ltd

We are looking for a dynamic forward thinking individual to undertake and develop the day to day and strategic running of The Designers Formation, the only agency in the UK exclusively representing theatre designers.

This role currently amounts to circa 16 hours per week of flexible working on a commission only basis ( averaging £5,500 to £8,250 per annum) and would suit someone working from their own base.

There is the possibility of building on this income in the potential future structure of the agency.

The role requires a motivated and innovative self-starter with excellent communicating and negotiating skills to work for and with a group of 12 individually talented designers to secure the best working terms and conditions for projects across all scales and spectrums of performance in the UK and abroad.

The role supports and is supported by a core committee of five experienced designers who are committed to building on the work of the current co-ordinator who has been in post since the founding of the agency 25 years ago. This post has arisen because the current co-ordinator has signalled her intention to retire.

We see this as an exciting opportunity to develop the future of the agency and ideally candidates should have strong face to face networking skills, the ability to produce and publish promotional material and to capture information relevant to the continually evolving nature of contemporary theatre practice.

While the role is currently based at the registered address of the agency in Nottingham, East Midlands, close  geographic proximity to this location is not necessarily a requisite of carrying out the role.

For more information, please download our Recruitment Pack at

mid * point: Pentabus Trustee Recruitment

Pentabus is a contemporary theatre company producing original plays about the rural world for local and national audiences.

Pentabus is seeking up to 4 new trustees to join the board of our dynamic theatre company and support our exciting work by adding new perspectives and knowledge to our vision.

We are particularly seeking trustees with skills and connections in the following areas:

• Financial expertise
• Legal and HR expertise
• Commitment to and understanding of equalities and cultural diversity issues
• Marketing, audience development and public relations
• Connections and/or profile within the Shropshire area

Please download the information pack for more information from the news section of our website -

We are seeking expressions of interest to this volunteer position by Friday 19th April 2013.

We will also ask you to submit your CV and an equalities form (for monitoring purposes only) along with your expression of interest.  If you wish to discuss your application please contact Executive Director Rachael Griffin at or call us on 01584 856564

mid * point: Arena Theatre Manager Retires

Kevin O’Sullivan, the manager of the University of Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre, is retiring at the end of April, after working at the theatre for the last 27 years.

Kevin joined the Arena as a technician after completing his degree at the University of Wolverhampton, becoming the Theatre Manager in 2000. Building on the legacy of the founder of the Arena, Philip Tilstone, Kevin has steered the Arena Theatre through more than 20 successful years of growth and development, with the continued support of the University of Wolverhampton and Arts Council England.

During Kevin’s time at the theatre there has been a big increase in the number of professional, local groups and schools and colleges using the space, with the Arena progressing from one member of staff in 1985 presenting 20 shows a year, to ten members of staff servicing more than 200 shows a year in 2013.

Over the years, the Arena Theatre has become a well-loved venue on the small-scale touring circuit, providing vital support to local emerging artists and companies, including Stan’s Café, Talking Birds and Little Earthquake.

Kevin has programmed an eclectic range of events that offer something for the whole community. This contributed to the Arena being awarded a 100% uplift in its regular funding from the Arts Council in 2011, particularly in recognition of its work in the community and disability arts.

Kevin O’Sullivan says, “I have enjoyed every minute of the last 27 years – I know we are doing the right thing when an audience comes out of the theatre smiling and talking about the show they have just seen. I’m confident that the legacy I have carried forward will be continued for many years.”

Peter Robinson, Principal Lecturer and Head of Department for Leisure and The Arena Theatre, said: “Kevin has made an outstanding contribution to the University of Wolverhampton through his development of the Arena Theatre. The interesting, exciting and innovative programme which Kevin leaves as his legacy is a reflection of his insight and understanding of the role of The Arena in showcasing contemporary performing arts.”

Kevin leaves the Arena in a strong position, supported by funders and partners and in the best place to attract new partners to support its wide range of work for local communities and audiences. Recruitment is underway for a new Venue Manager, with an announcement to be made in due course.

mid * point: Artist Opportunity: Bradford

We are a performance collective based in Bradford and are curating a three day festival of art and performance in an empty shop in Bradford. Please find all details below. I have attached an image, however it is a portrait image.

“The free space of commodities is constantly being altered and redesigned in order to become ever more identical to itself, to get as close as possible to motionless monotony.”

Retail has continually failed Bradford. Westfield’s Broadway hole is testament to that, as are the many empty shops which line our streets.

To commemorate consumer capitalism’s bloody dagger in the heart of Bradford, Official Culture present Free Space, a three day festival of work in a disused Broadway shop.

Beginning on Thursday 30th May, Free Space will celebrate the empty shop as a space for art and politics. We hope to include work across a number of disciplines, turning the store into a DIY gallery, installation and performance space.

We invite artists of all disciplines to apply to present their work as part of the festival. If you are interested in applying, you can download the brief and application form from the following link:

The deadline for applications is midday, 19th April.

Unfortunately as this project is unfunded, we are unable to offer a fee. We will however do our best to accommodate successful applicants.

More information will be added to the site in the coming weeks. If however you would like further details in the meantime, please contact us at and we will try our best.

Free Space is supported by Fabric and The New Bradford Playhouse and curated by Official Culture