Archive | June, 2010

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Glastonbury – 2010 – start your week with this

28 Jun

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Glastonbury – 2010 – start your week with this

Lazy days? Thoughts from the hammock…

26 Jun


What as been happening in the hammock today…

1 My view for the afternoon
2 I have been thinking
3 A lot – mostly about work whilst taking in the view of my garden
4 Just finished Annual report for ACE and we are busy –
5 Some of Pilot Theatre are in Portugal
6 Opening a show called Jack by Richard Hurford halfway up a hill on Palmela – south of Lisbon
7 Tonight.
8 Mandy, Bryn, Sarah, Richard and Stuart are there & Stuart has built a visual arts installation halfway up the hill too
10 it is solar powered and reactive to the elements
11 Pictures are on his blog
12 It is hot in Portugal
13 Katie is directing Wind in the Willows for York Theatre Royal today
14 Just spoken to her – she is busy
15 I am still casting R and J and am in London next week. More people to call in on Monday
16 finalising the touring tech team too next week. This has to happen before Shift hits the fan
17 We are in the final week before Shift Happens happens
18 Katherine is putting final logistics into place
19 We are hosting over 250 people on 5 and 6 of July
20 That is soon
21 Got a text from my friend Dirk – he supports Germany
22 Got some messages from an old colleague, Will, about a video idea
23 Am thinking about new commissions that will be almost in real time
24 thinking about the potential outcomes of the film funding meeting that happens on Tuesday next week
25 And the soundscape for the next show
26 And the design
27 And mostly being physically lazy in this hammock
28 But finding this keeps my brain buzzing.

29 Like the bees on the honeysuckle behind my head
30 Time to move

Til later

Marcus Romer

#artsfunding – Arts Funding Information – join the conversations

25 Jun

Click the link to see who has joined – so far 312 people in just over a week – The power of the network and making Shift Happen…

Sir Ken Robinson – tests out skype for @shift_happens

21 Jun


Just had a great chat with Sir Ken Robinson on skype about his talk for @shift_happens

Testing the connection here from Pilot Theatre’s office at York Theatre Royal worked really well straight to his office in California.

He will be live online at Shift Happens in two weeks time on July 5th

#tfconf – twitter created 280,000 impressions and reached more than 30,000 people

19 Jun


just click the image to view the stats


Interestingly many of the tweeters were not in the physical room (of course) as they were following the conference remotely from?? USA, Australia, Germany as well as UK and Ireland. This is one of the major shifts that happens…

there is a downloadable PDF document here too

Machiavelli – Innovation quote… @shift_happens

19 Jun

Here???s Machiavelli on change and innovation:Machiavelli Principe Cover Page.jpg

And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of changes.  For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only the lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.   This lukewarm temper arises partly from the fear of adversaries who have the laws on their side and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proved by the event.

Greetings from Wexford Opera House for #TFconf

17 Jun

So here I am in the amazing leather seated Wexford Opera House for the Theatre Forum Conference

I am speaking tomorrow on Digital Technology and it’s impact on Theatre

So I better get busy listening and joining in with the conversations

A long day from an early start from Stansted via Dublin then a two hour drive

So onwards, but inside now for the opening on a most beautiful day here in Ireland

Til later….

Marcus Romer
Artistic Director
Pilot Theatre
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place


Flowers for the set model for Romeo & Juliet

14 Jun


Our designer Chloe Lamford is working on creating the model for the set for our Romeo & Juliet production. The model meeting is next week, and as you can see she has been making mini bunches of flowers.

Flowers laid down where an event has occurred often mark the end of a tragic story. At the start of the play we are told that two star crossed lovers ‘take their lives’ and that the story will then be told until we reach that point. They are the end of the story and we will track back and discover the events through the eyes of a grieving mother

Flowers are fragile, beautiful, short lived and symbolise both celebration and death

So for us we are using this and taking it onto the design concept and we will have more to show you when we present the model next week

From my perspective…

13 Jun


A pair of Chuck’s / a smelly dog / and a very green garden /

Taking time out to think about the work ahead

First a big thanks to the ‘Catcher’ team for delivering a great final run of the show. We are working on ideas for getting this seen again and the show will definitely happen again in some form

Casting and putting the team together for R&J – in London all week for this with Katie so we need to finalise things soon.

Preparing a talk for the Theatre Forum Conference next week in Wexford as well as putting the final touches to the Shift Happens programme

We are really pleased that this has sold out (in terms of tickets!)

Also yesterday with the renewed activity of the #artsfunding hashtag on Twitter I decided to set up an online forum for discussion –

Again please feel free to pass this on or add any thoughts to the site

So plenty of brain activity at the moment which is always good, and am trying to make the most of the time in the garden before the next imminent deluge.

Busy home time too as my son starts his A2 level exams tomorrow, so we are off to WH Smiths for last minute emergency pens…

Til later


Supporting Argentina today…#worldcup #handofgod

12 Jun

Look I met this guy in La Boca in Buenos Aires

He assured me that the hand of God would prevail

Who was I to disagree?