Q&A with Dan March, actor, comedian and one of the co-creators of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

How did you start out as a performer?  I always enjoyed performing as a child but it was when I was 15 that I knew I wanted to be an actor: I performed the ‘pivotal’ role of English Ambassador in my school’s production of Hamlet – essentially coming on at the end of the four-hourContinue reading “Q&A with Dan March, actor, comedian and one of the co-creators of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain”

Q&A with Dr Samuel Fanous – Head of Publishing, Bodleian Library Publishing

You were responsible for re-publishing the Instructions pamphlet in 2005. How did you come across the original Instructions and why did you want to bring it to a modern audience?  A curator in the Bodleian Library showed me the original document. I immediately realized what a brilliant little publication this is. In just under 5,000Continue reading “Q&A with Dr Samuel Fanous – Head of Publishing, Bodleian Library Publishing”

Q&A with John Walton, director of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

Why did you choose to adapt this 1942 pamphlet for the stage?  I stumbled upon the Instructions in Waterstone’s a few years ago, and I’ve been wanting to make a show based on them ever since. They’re such an endearing and loving snapshot of the country at a unique moment in its history. At theContinue reading “Q&A with John Walton, director of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain”

The rewards of rural touring

Originally written for the February House Theatre Guest Blog. As well as being a freelance director I run Fol Espoir – a theatre company that tours to regional arts centres and rural networks across the UK. Small-scale touring is not exactly the glamorous end of the arts industry. On tour, we normally play a newContinue reading “The rewards of rural touring”

10 Fact About the Arts – from Equity

Equity recently put these together, and I couldn’t have come up with a better argument for continued support for the Arts. 10 Facts About the Arts The arts = popular: More people in Britain are engaged in the arts than in Premier League football – between April 2014 and March 2015, 77 per cent of adultsContinue reading “10 Fact About the Arts – from Equity”

Eleven things I learned from directing Haroun and the Sea of Stories

I just finished directing Haroun and the Sea of Stories for East 15’s Physical Theatre course. Here are a few of the things I learnt… – The bigger the challenge, the more I grow Haroun and the Sea of Stories is one of the most complicated plays I know – it’s got a split narrative andContinue reading “Eleven things I learned from directing Haroun and the Sea of Stories”

Devised theatre: ten tips for a truly creative collaboration

(Originally published on The Guardian’s Culture Professional Network) Britain may lay claim to some of the world’s greatest dramatists, but solitary scribbling isn’t the only way to create theatre. “Devising” is a process in which the whole creative team develops a show collaboratively. From actors to technicians, everyone is involved in the creative process. SinceContinue reading “Devised theatre: ten tips for a truly creative collaboration”

The Writing Process by Freddie Machin

The first time John Walton and I met was at his old flat in Covent Garden. He auditioned me for one his first productions as a director, an adaptation of Mishima’s Yoroboshi. I didn’t get the part, but – and actors can take solace from this next bit – he kept me in mind forContinue reading “The Writing Process by Freddie Machin”

Winston’s PR journey – a post from our wonderful media genie Jane Verity

  Our journey with Fol Espoir started with a slightly awkward conversation with a fairly sceptical sounding John Walton. John had got in touch through a mutual friend who had recommended us, but I didn’t know this at the time, and thought it was an off spec enquiry. What I realised as I was speakingContinue reading “Winston’s PR journey – a post from our wonderful media genie Jane Verity”