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Arc Of Noise #2

How being a musician affects scriptwriting and storytelling – The second in a series of short (ish) articles – WARNING: contains autobiography –   2. Craft work I’ve been thinking about a gig I went to with some friends, and the support act was your classic modular synth guy: sat on the floor, in front… Read more »

Arc Of Noise #1

How being a musician affects scriptwriting and storytelling – The first in a series of short (OK, short-ish) articles –   1. Story ghosts One of the amazing things about making digital music – especially working with laptops and sample libraries – is that you can follow a chain of thought that would have taken… Read more »

Some Cause For Hope

It’s been a tough year for anyone working in the performing arts, and I want to pick apart something I’m hearing more and more, especially as theatres announce their re-opening programmes and projects.  In private I’m hearing an increasing number of brilliant artists – and in particular writers – saying that theatre isn’t a welcoming… Read more »

26 Years of Babel’s Cupid

So my play Babel’s Cupid has just been announced as one of the three runners-up for the Yale Drama Series Prize 2021. Over the moon, me. Many thanks to judge Paula Vogel and Yale Drama Series, and huge congratulations to the winner Rachel Lynnet, as well as my fellow runners-up Molly Bicks and Francisco Mendoza…. Read more »

Honestly what were you THINKING

On quantum emotions Writing drama, you’re regularly asked to justify the actions of the fictional people you’re creating, to give them clear reasons for doing what they do and saying what they say. And of course this is key to a method of storytelling that seems to have done us fine for a good two… Read more »

Creative Intelligence: stick it up your chart

I made this for the Sleepdogs office. It’s about not always doing things the same way, with the same patterns (unless that’s the right thing to do.)  Also: trying to be clear and kind – to others, to your own bad self.Also: recognising when you’re doing something new. The sections can be addressed in any… Read more »

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Power

  [EDIT, 2021. This post from 2018 contains positive thoughts and reflections on the practice of Chris Goode, who at the time was horrendously abusing many people involved in his work, and beyond. Apart from this note, I’ve left this post unedited. If there were any indicators of this abuse that I might have seen,… Read more »

2: Interviews

Here’s two interviews with me talking about making stuff and all that. The questions were from students at Bath Spa University. 1. Interview by Connor Sullivan on sound design and site-specific theatre. – What Site-Specific Theatre Productions have you worked on?   Quite a few, but in recent years: – ‘Salt In The Sugar Jar’, a… Read more »

Review: Now Is The Time To Say Nothing

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing By Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli At Arnolfini, Mayfest 2018   Walking out into the May sunshine after seeing Now Is The Time To Say Nothing, I knew I was going to be thinking about it for as long as I had the faculty to, that every now… Read more »

Proper Lanka

On tourism, and a tourist’s job.   I’ve been working in Sri Lanka for the last 6 weeks, although my visa is technically correct when it says I’ve been here on holiday. I haven’t been paid for what I’m doing in the country. Tanuja and I have made a short album of music and played… Read more »