What’s Next?

Performance at VOLT: Women in Circus, Ausform
Performance at VOLT: Women in Circus, Ausform

On Friday I submitted the arts council evaluation report and metaphorically drew a line under this stage of the project. I reckon the most exciting finding of the research & development was discovering how much material is there and how much more there is to explore! So this has led on to the next logical question – what next?

Next I will be working with Lina B Frank (Ausform) to plan the next stages leading up to a full hour show! Whilst we haven’t a fixed timeline in place the rough aim is to have it complete and on the road by Autumn 2016. Between now and then imagine building structures, rehearsing in warehouses, more doodles of stick people, meetings over coffee, sleepless nights and tiny intense moments of joy. Watch this space to hear more.

We wouldn’t have reached this stage without everyone who was involved so thankyou to all the following:

Arts Council England, Lina B. Frank (Ausform), Alexandra Hamilton Ayres, Jimmy Whiteaker, Jo Munton (Vagabondi Puppets), Lyn Routledge, Alex Harvey (Ockham’s Razor), Giles Bennett, Joshua Wakely, Nathan Keates, Paul Blakemore, Nicole A’Court-Stuart, Amy Dartington, Circomedia, The Invisible Circus and The Island. As well as a MASSIVE THANKYOU to all the brilliant individuals who donated to the online fundraiser.


Post Volt

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore & Ausform

It’s been nearly three weeks since Volt, and now that the dust has settled I’m sifting through the remains to write the evaluation report for the Arts Council!

Going through all the videos, photos and diary posts has reminded me what a roller coaster ride the process was, and how pleased I am with the end result! There’s still plenty of work to be done before I can take the finished piece on the road, but thanks to Volt audience feedback I now know which direction to take it in.

I also recently received the fantastic video of the process, made by Joshua Wakely. You can take a look here.

Words words words

I’m surprised to say that for an aerial puppetry piece I’m using a lot of words! I’ve a script and everything, which this afternoon I will diligently learn whilst practising delivering the punch lines.

It’s almost a week till Volt and I have a rough piece in front of me. With some more rehearsal it should at the very least give you an essence of the piece and at the most leave you wiping away poignant tears through your laughter! No pressure there.

Here’s a taster of what this week has looked like with cameos from Jo Munton and Jimmy Whiteaker, and Giles Bennett’s insightful photography…

Puppet remodelling
Photo by Giles W Bennett

The Amazing Outside Eye that is Jimmy Whiteaker


Here’s the new show structure. Had an amazingly great day with Jimmy exploring what material I have, what’s at the heart of it and how it links. These nice bits of coloured paper are the result…don’t zoom in or you’ll ruin the suprise.

I’ve still plenty to crack on with before showing this to anyone but I wanted to document how chuffed I am with what we have created today and so incredibly grateful to Jimmy for his amazing mind! He has really understood what I’m trying to communicate and brought it all together. His Outside Eye should be legendary.

Back to work….

October has arrived!


It’s incredible how quickly time has flown by, and already it is the 1st October! We are now in ‘distributing flyers’ stage and considering what will be staged at Volt in 13 days!

This week has been tumultuous…Jo delivered the new puppet strong enough to hold my weight. He may be able to hold mine but I’m struggling with his! I’ve also been working with Jimmy Whiteaker who’s asked some really important questions and we’re working to boil the piece down to its bones then stick the meat back on. Or some similar metaphor! Which all means that right now I have no idea what I’ll show you at Volt. Still 4 days left in the rehearsal space so still plenty to play for.

I’m the meantime, here are some pictures: