Without realizing it, a few months have passed since my last post. During that time I've had a lot of exciting things on the go. I had the excellent opportunity to work with the final year BA Acting students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as Fight Director on their production of Festen. Receiving fantastic reviews, the show sold out at the Tron in Glasgow, before heading to London for a short run at the Cockpit theatre. The students were top notch and I look forward to seeing all that they go on to do.
In June I teamed up with director Alasdair Hunter once again. It's a real thrill to develop creative relationships that gel so well. This time it was for Hamlet, a co-production between Alasdair's company Wilderness of Tigers and Bard in the Botanics. I must admit that playing with swords in the park might be one of my most favourite things to do. Both Alan MacKenzie and Alfie Wellcoat (who played Hamlet and Laertes respectfully) worked incredibly hard on the choreo I gave them and knocked out some really exciting stuff for the audiences every night.
I also had the chance to work with Stewart Laing once again, doing a bit of Action Design for Ophelia, which was part of The Oran Mor Classic Cuts season. A brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with cracking performances and a death at the end that left chills for hours after the curtain dropped.
I've been rehearsing with Ipdip Theatre ( http://www.ipdiptheatre.co.uk ) for the past month as we prepare to head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Calvinball. This is an interactive show for 0 - 4 yearolds and their families. Comprised of games and songs all performed outdoors, this is a highly improvised show. It has been an absolute blast to work on so far and I can't wait to have some audiences to come and play with us.
Tomorrow I head in for a day of filming with Worrying Drake and their first feature film "Where Do We Go From Here." I've had the pleasure and privilege of working with this talented group on 3 of their previous award winning short films. I'm just thrilled to get in there with them again. Check out the shoot on Facebook. Where Do We Go From Here
I've got a pretty exciting project in the works. At this point I'm waiting for green lights to go off and for all things to move forward. But for now, things are rocking, the sun is shining, and there is summer to be had!! Let's live it up!