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Grantchester Meadows then The Orchard Tea Rooms

15 Jul


The tea room and orchard frequented by Rupert Brooke, E M Forster, Virginia Woolf, as well as Alan Turing, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and A A Milne.

Today we ate scones and drank tea. In the sun.

It almost felt like summer…


But this is the right soundtrack…



5 bedroom house for sale in The Old Village, Huntington, YORK, YO32

23 May

The plan…
I need a flat in York
We don’t need two houses…
This is for sale…

Curries being cooked for the R&J Company #kissbythebook

25 Aug

As tradition has it, the company will be coming round to our house for curries – so a large pot of Tarka Dhall and a lamb Rogan Josh are on the menu

After a hard day at work there is nothing better than coming home and knocking some chapati flour into shape.

Christy has been photographing the process to put on his recipe blog for uni, which he starts next month.

So quite possibly our company meal recipe may be seen again at Bankside House in London for other LSE students at some later date!

Good fight call today, but as previously mentioned the first rule of fight call is not to talk about it…

So we are on page 42 of our script – only 22 to go and we are aiming to get those under our belt, at least as broad outlines for the stagger through for the tech team on Saturday.

So work to be done, not least keeping an eye on my lentils!


I’ve been thinking…

24 Jul


20+ things I have been thinking today, about…

1 The new production of R&J which starts rehearsing in three weeks, as I am sure there is something I have forgotten to do
2 The fact that we are opening a different show next week at the Byre in Scotland – and Mandy Smith who directed it is off up there to see it in.??
2a The fact that??I can’t get there to see it as I am going to be away – (see 3)
3 The notion of a holiday – and how that is going to get squeezed in to the time, and whether it is possible to actually switch off these days properly. I mean really properly, because, (see 4)
4 Arts funding and the shifting landscape that we are now entering as a country. What this means for potential future plans, programmes and personnel
4a The difficulty about switching off – properly
4b Shaving my head today and cutting the grass
5 Why when I shave my head I always mow the grass on the same day and realise afterwards
6 What to have for tea – and more importantly have I got everything ready for a holiday
7 The answer to the latter part of (6) is no
8 Not at all.
9 Being woefully unprepared for the holiday and thinking back about (1) again
10 Missing seeing Hansel and Gretel at The Byre (see2)
11 Coming back to thinking about (4) again
12 As thinking about (4) will impact on the ability to deliver 22 week tours like the production of ??(1) possibly. Or maybe differently
13 So I have been thinking about future possibilities.
14 Which brings me back to (4a) How to switch off
15 So what i did do was – shave my head. Then cut the grass.
16 Then started back at (1) again
17 A resolution about (6) is – seafood risotto
18 A good plan
19?? Thinking about this picture again -??
20?? A Rodin in Buenos Aires I found earlier this year
20a Thinking I must make plans to get back there again…


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 http://platform11plus.posterous.com
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

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


But the walk home across the fields is worth it

11 Jun

1 a long day
2 up at 4.30
3 drive to London
4 car overheats
5 arrive to auditions with 1 minute to spare
6 see 30 people
7 with Katie Posner
8 juggle phone calls
9 meet Chloe the designer
10 rush to catch the train
11 stand up all the way
12 go to the office
13 sign cheques
14 walk back home across the fields because the view is worth it…

The recliner of motivational decline

31 May


The said recliner now beckons on what has been a glorious bank holiday Monday here in York – weatherwise –

During the day my time has been spent news watching and posting info on the networks about the growing situation re the Gaza #flotilla

With this in mind I have also spent the day going through cvs for our Romeo and Juliet production, and thinking how the story of long seated animosity has changed very little over time.

Taking time to think, and walk and work is really very important, and finding the time to do this is vital. Days like this allow it – And of course allowing time for drinking coffee and spending time with my son.

He is in the final stages of A2 A level revision, and we are home alone as Susie is in Mumbai and Millie is in Sweden and I have just received a picture of her and her cousins rowing their dinghy between islands!


So a chance now for me to catch up and plan tonight’s curry on the recliner of ‘motivational decline’

So switching off now from here and back to thinking and planning – I hope you are enjoying the weather / birdsong / wherever you are.

Keep thinking – it makes shift happen


International Collaboration and Emergency chairs

23 May

It was one of those impomptu evenings, a beautiful sunny day and after we had opened the show from Argentina. We were sitting outside the theatre – and I asked the question ‘anyone want to come back for tea?’

So 17 people said yes, so was there was one more thing I needed to do. Deploy the Emergency Chairs

Back at home we prepared food for the three acting companies we have with us at the moment – our guests included
Actors and directors from Buenos Aires, New York, Tallinn, Vancouver, as well as London, Newcastle, Manchester and York.

And yes we were sitting round our kitchen table on a varied height of chairs, garden furniture and deckchairs.

Extraordinary times and a fabulous evening, and as director of Pilot Theatre I took time to reflect on the International bunch sitting at different heights round the table and think how much the company has grown over the last few years.

We have three new shows running at the moment, three directors making the work and a project that links Europe and South America.

Viva Emergency Chairs!

Magnolia in my garden…

25 Apr


As rain is forecast these delicate blooms may not make it through the night.

So I wanted to share them with you, before it was too late.

I have just come back from a family party – my parents Golden Wedding meal to be precise, and it was extraordinary to catch up with sections of my family I haven’t seen for literally decades. It was a mixture of events with a formal meal then eating fish and chips for twenty people in their hotel suite, and then a day on the retro rides of childhood on the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. Who knew the Wild Mouse was built in 1958…And it is still going strong. After more than 50 years too.

So I was thinking – all the more reason to celebrate the magnolia day here in York…

Happy Magnolia day