Archive | April, 2010

Theatre: wake up to the digital age! | Lyn Gardner – Great mentions for us in this

20 Apr

Great links and mentions for Pilot Theatre, Shift Happens and Yours truly…

Click the Guardian Link for the Full article

Shift Happens: Full speaker Line up – now booking

20 Apr

A few tickets left – have you booked yet for the Arts/Tech conference of the year?

The worst name for a coffee shop…ever

19 Apr

As seen in Bratislava….

Things I have learned on my trip to Inverness

18 Apr


1 The A9 is the most beautiful and most dangerous road I have ever driven on.

2 There is still loads of snow as you can see from the photo of Aviemore

3 Taking the Bose Soundock and iPod with a remote control worked really well for the workshops

4 Take more warm clothes at this time of year to Inverness. It snowed this morning. Or maybe it was hail. Or very cold volcanic ash…

5 The Eden Court Theatre is a really excellent building with new spaces and a great public foyer and the best view of the River Ness from all aspects

6 Take more Pilot Theatre leaflets next time

7 Running three workshops of three hours each in a day and a half is very tiring and I have lost my voice. A bit.

8 Always join in when there is a ceilidh. Sooner rather than later. Or it might get messy

9 Go for the full Highlander breakfast every time

10 Remember that seven hours is a long drive. Take snacks and water. And some more. As you may have to wait while they recover the overturned bus.

11 Keep the workshops fluid and adapt as you go. And have some good new one liners.

12 Make sure that you make it clear that you will not drink Irn Bru. Be firm about this

13 Or eat Tablet. It doesn’t make human sense.

14 When someone asks for a whisky, make sure you get the order right. And don’t forger the water.

15 Use the A66 and drive home in low cloud on top of the Pennines. It feels like you are on the moon.

16 When you get home, write things like this down when you brain feels like linguini.

17 Accept the new Facebook and Twitter requests from new chums you have made

18 Keep thinking of plans to be able to take a show up there.

Nine hours of workshops in Inverness…

18 Apr

I have been running three 3 hour sessions up here at the Eden Court Theatre…

Am exhausted! The space and renovation here is brilliant though. The whole theatre with an integrated cinema, two performance spaces seating 800 and 350 plus two dance studios.

Here the co-ordinator, Caroline, from PromoteYT is doing the mornings briefing to the delegates and participants.

News to report – stovies for tea, with outcakes and a cup of tea – and kippers for breakfast.

The groups are made up of drama directors and YT facilitatotors. Oh and there was a ceilidh last night, which after my days work I was happy to be an observer until the end and final dance, when if I didn’t join in I would have been probably attacked by men in kilts. So there you go

Final workshop today then the 7 hour drive home. Oh and it’s raining and cold,and the rain has ash in it….


Sunset in Inverness

16 Apr

Ok after a seven and a half hour drive from York I finally made it here.
An amazing journey and one that took me past towns and memories of childhood family holidays.

I am here at PromoteYT at the Eden Court Theatre here in Inverness. I am running three sessions on directing and devising for directors, students and teachers over the next two days

I will keep you posted. Couple of things – no sign of any Ash yet, bloody freezing, and am off to meet everyone at the Theatre. Oh and did I mention that the drive was like a whole day’s work!?

Til later


Catcher – Pilot Theatre video shot in New York

13 Apr

Our show which will be coming to York this May

I enjoyed making this in NYC with our writer Richard Hurford

Heading to Inverness

13 Apr

I am running three sessions up at The Eden Court Theatre, Inverness this weekend for ‘Skill Up’ – for PromoteYT – Scotland. I will be working with Directors, YT Leaders, teachers, Students and other artists.

Click on the PromoteYT lin for more info

Just planning the three hour sessions now!


Coffee, Changes and Plans – new blog post

9 Apr

So here is my morning view. For a few days at least. I am down staying with Sandy Nuttgens at his place on the South Coast. We have been planning –

I have been thinking…

About work and making the stuff we do reach more people more effectively.

This theatre stuff has to find a better way of making a real engagement with audiences, and this has to be about content.

There are some new models for making this stuff available and as a sector we are not harnessing these properly yet.

We need to.

As we kick off this new year, financially at any rate, I am looking at our programme and touring schedule. At Pilot Theatre we have several new projects about to happen. Three new plays in May at the Theatre Royal in York as part of our Interntational platform season.

How best to make sure that people have an opportunity to share in the making and showing of this work?

We are working on our livestream programme too, and we will have the opportunity to share the project I made in Argentina, back to Buenos Aires with live two way chat in two languages. But are there ways you want to know and find out more about our work? Let me know

Looking ahead to our Romeo & Juliet tour from summer to next spring we are at a preliminary design stage. With this I want to include input and ideas from now from people who are interested in the project.

So if you are just leave a comment on here or drop us a line at Pilot Theatre.
This process is starting now and we look forward to hearing from you.

We are going to be casting May/June and we are looking to put a band together…and launching a reality show to cast the lead male called- ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’

Not really but we might put the call out like that…

On other news, the screenplay for ‘The Knife that Killed Me’ based on the novel by Anthony McGowan is being really well received. I completed draft
5 and this is now getting thumbs up and we are pretty close is all I am allowed to say at the moment. But again exciting times lie ahead.

So we will continue to make Shift Happen and not let it hit the fan. Our conference on July 5/6 is shaping up well and we have some incredible speakers lined up.

More details are here

So back to more coffee and thinking. Off to walk by the sea and stare out into the English Channel. Supposedly horizon gazing has the same effect as defragging your hard drive.

So that is what I need to do, and again if anyone wants to keep in touch or find out more about what we are up to then just get in touch. On Twitter I am @marcusromer

Til later


Free Irish Cream, Cobra and Basic Pickles

5 Apr