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The beginning of Rahimullah & Sons

21 Dec

There are three key moments I always recall when people ask me how this show has come about. The first was just over 12 years ago. I remember watching the news wide-eyed as the first bombs fell on the mountains of Afghanistan, a country I’d never given much thought to but which has rarely been out the news since Continue reading

Final day – mash up

4 Oct

One of my favourite tools from the devising box flourished today: a simple exercise that creates a melting pot of movement and images in a long form unruly physical improvisation prompted by index cards picked at random from a table. Well placed, at best this always seems to explode a whole physical language of a piece, at worst throws up many striking images you’ve not seen before and could never engineer. It worked well enough once it got going, and certainly the use of chairs sprang from nowhere as having real potential in this new space. Other moments included pall-bearing, military set-pieces, the miracle calculator and baseball scenes. Was very glad to have the video camera running, and looking forward to drawing up some of those phrases and moments that really caught the attention.

Fourth day – grilled by self-improvement

3 Oct

Hitting that point today when the question of what it’s about has definitely arrived in the room in a big way. I often find this really kicks off when the interrogation by the performers inevitable begins: “yeah, but what are we in?” Continue reading

Third day – writing on the mountains

2 Oct

Past the midway point and an encouraging and intimidating amount out of our brains and slopping around the studio floor, a primordial show ooze: glimpses of half formed limbed, gelatinous vertebrae Continue reading

Second day – memories of the hippie trail

1 Oct

Just a morning session before an afternoon of meetings and chat. Most useful of which was chance encounter with Doug Gill who hit the hippy trail in the late 60’s, was at Woodstock, hung out in Haight Ashbury etc. Details fell from him like gold dust Continue reading

RnD week 1, first day – introducing Alfred and Master Billy

30 Sep

Sleeping tonight on some welcome surprises.

Not least, the appearance of the caped crusader’s butler, Alfred. In a show about a cemetery in Kabul named after it’s Muslim caretaker… Devising has these habits. Continue reading