Archive | May, 2015

Trip to Chongqing

25 May


Here at the CH&W Cultural Exchange event in Chongqing last week – the photo of the team of presenters, speakers and officials at the event – I spoke about creativity, Bill Thompson spoke about the virtual world and Katie Thornburrow about the physical world of her work at CH&W.

A big thanks to Christina Lee and to all the CH&W team for arranging the even,  and to Zoe Chen for the translation and presentation support.

#ArtsFightBack – an update

10 May


I want to make a new project. I want to make it with people who want to make it too.  I sent out a tweet on Friday night asking if anyone was interested in helping out. You know, writers, directors, actors, artists, makers, helpers across the whole spectrum who might want to lend a hand.

I sent the message out on the 8th of May, the day the UK election results became clear.

So far over 200 people have offered help and would like to know more. Thank you for getting back to me with such strong and positive reactions.

This is not about asking the question what next? more like what now?  – what can we do now – creatively.

So, I have contacted Stratford East and in a truly supportive way they have said we can have a space there to kickstart the conversation. I will check and post on here when we have confirmed a date. We can also have a get together in Yorkshire in York – and we can have a space there too.

If anyone wants to suggest or offer a space elsewhere please let me know.

So thanks so far for the responses and offers – I will post on here and on the usual sites. If you want to drop me line here is my email –

The picture at the top? It is one I took in Buenos Aires when I was making a show there. I think it shows that most things are possible…