Archive | February, 2012

Have #TED bag / Will travel / #thespacearts

29 Feb

Today I am heading to the Southbank for a briefing about the new funding for The Space.

Meeting at QEH with Kinura and the team to make plans and have ideas.

Looking forward to making some shift happen…

I have booked into TED for 2013 next year, and have been following the TEDActive hashtag from this year, which has been inspiring. Again

We will be announcing further speakers for Shift Happens soon. We are planning the event for July 5th this year.

Please make a note in your diaries as tickets were snapped up in a day last time…

We will open booking in April…

Til later


Pilot Theatre will be part of ‘The Space’ as they receive new BBC and Arts Council funding award

22 Feb

Pilot Theatre are delighted to announce that they will be part of The Space – the new digital initiative – in partnership with the BBC and Arts Council England.


YorkMysteries2012 will be our project for The Space that will follow and livestream the large scale production taking place at St Mary’s Abbey this summer as part of York 800 celebrations. With partners that include York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, Riding Lights, the York Culture Company and the City of York Council.


Pilot Theatre will work with Kinura, the livestream specialists who have helped us to create


Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre said “This is very exciting opportunity for us to be able to share the York Mysteries with the world, and allows us to extend the digital work we have been developing in providing new ways for audiences to engage with the Arts”


The livestream will enable audiences from all over the world to share and engage in this new version of the York Mysteries, which is being made by over 1,000 people in York this summer. We will follow and document the build up to the event – by enabling key characters and members of the creative team to share their work and the parts they play in helping to help create the show.


The Mysteries 2012 will be able to be viewed live online via a feed of eight different camera views during the weekend of August 11th and 12th.


Following this The Space will provide a unique way of being able to download and re-watch this using a new set of iplayer options. Here all the different camera views can be dragged and dropped into a timeline making possible an infinite number of ways to view this.


Sarah Platt, Director of Kinura said “We’re so excited to be working with Pilot Theatre on this project in 2012. The funding gives us a really unique chance to capitalise on the great work we’ve been doing in innovative live streaming; The Space is all about transforming audiences’ experiences across digital platforms and when you bring together creative producers with cutting edge technologists, things start to get really interesting.”


Jane Gibson, Chair of The York Culture Company Advisory Panel, said “ Pilot Theatre, one of the foremost digital innovators coming on board with this new version of the Mystery Plays adds a whole new audience, and strengthens the creative partnerships we have in York. The collaboration of the ancient Guilds and Trades offered a creative sharing economy which is echoed in this new 21st Century interpretation, with all the activity culminating to create a whole event for all to share and participate in – whether in Yorkshire or across the globe.


Liz Wilson CEO of York Theatre Royal said “This project adds another dimension to the Mystery Plays. A great partnership of York organisations working on this artistic endeavour has just got better.  It is a great pleasure that the Fund has seen the potential of the experience of the Plays to be a fascinating resource for this new venture.”



The Space Fund is a joint partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England.

For more info please click here

Universal Pictures film to be produced in York – via One&Other

13 Feb

We???re delighted to announce a big boost to York???s cinematic credentials, with the news that a Universal Pictures backed thriller is to be filmed in new studios on the outskirts of the city, using a wealth of local talent.

The Knife That Killed Me is a gripping and tragically topical story of one boy???s spiral into knife-crime.  The script has been adapted from Anthony McGowan???s award winning novel by Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman, who will also direct, and is being produced by Thomas Mattinson and Alan Latham.

Jack McMullen has already been confirmed to play Paul Varderman, with another announcement due in the coming weeks to reveal the full cast.

Production on The Knife That Killed Me is due to commence in mid-February at the purpose-built Green Screen Studios at the former ARTTS International film school at Bubwith, York.

Following extensive renovation, the new studios include an infinity curve green screen studio, sound stages, a screening room, offices, prop stores, workshops, a 200-seat theatre, catering and accommodation.  Green Screen Studios is working on the new film in association with the University of York???s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and aims to become a major regional film and television studio with the capacity to finance, produce and distribute multiple films and television programmes for worldwide consumption.  With an impressive cast of Directors and Advisors behind the venture, including Oscar winning producers and studio heads, there is no reason why they cannot achieve this ambition.

Alan Latham, producer and managing director of Green Screen Productions Ltd, said: ???Green Screen Productions and The Knife That Killed Me are unique and we hope they are the start of a thriving film production and post production business in York.???

Getting to this point in pre-production has been four years in the making. Marcus Romer, director of the film and artistic director of the York-based Pilot Theatre, recalls the journey of discovering and securing the script: ???A few years ago, I contacted Anthony [McGowan], who is originally from Sherburn in Elmet, with my ideas for the adaption and how we might approach this. He agreed to the adaption on the condition of approving our first draft, from which we???d then be able develop the script further.

???We then went back with the developed version, meeting with Anthony and his agent in London and inviting them to our theatre work at Pilot.  They were delighted with it and gave the project the go ahead.???

From its early inception, the producers have sought to utilise and develop local talent wherever possible on both sides of the camera.  The collaboration with University of York???s TFTV department has created the opportunity to work on a feature film for seven graduates at the start of their careers.  Marcus Romer explains: ???the ability to create this amazing project here in Yorkshire, with the job opportunities and implications for the cultural sector are immense.???

The Knife That Killed Me has been incredibly well received in early testing, so much so that Universal Pictures (UK) has already guaranteed its distribution in Autumn 2012 ??? an extremely rare accomplishment for any movie that is yet to be shot.

To follow the film???s development visit the The Knife That Killed Me website and hear the latest inside news from the cast and crew via Twitter hashtag #TKTKM.


Revolve test at Highfield Studios #TKTKM

8 Feb

Tucked up warm in here today #luckyman

5 Feb

Pictures of 2012 #garden #snow

4 Feb

Feb 3rd 2012 – from the backdoor