May 13, 2014
The dust has just about settled on 2014’s Young REP Festival, which has just finished in the Door at Birmingham REP. Since September I’ve been working with four different Young REP companies on a plethora of different shows. With the youngest group (aged 8-10), I’ve directed an abridged version of Julius Caesar. I’ve directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle, also in a slightly abridged version, with a group of 11-14 year olds. And I collaborated with the playwright Eve Leigh to make Enough, a kind of interactive variety show about the environmental apocalypse, with a group of older teenagers.
I’ve also been working with a couple of the REP’s partner schools – Shenley Academy and Birmingham Ormiston Academy. Shenley devised a show called I’m A Schoolkid, Get Me Out Of Here which performed on the opening night of the Young REP Festival. And with BOA students in years 12 and 13 I was lucky enough to do one of my favourite ever plays, Martin Crimp’s Attempts On Her Life.
It’s been an exhausting and exhilarating few months and there’s still more to come! I’m currently working with BOA students on a production of The Tempest, devising an interactive street-theatre piece called The Engineers’ Lunch with the Young REP’s 18-25 company, planning summer schools and delivering workshops. Bring it on!