So as of January I will be the new Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds.
Writing those words is extremely surreal.
I am at once excited and utterly daunted by the task. A familiar feeling as an artist and theatre maker, and more or less how I feel at the beginning of each new creative project I take on.
And the huge joy of this particular project is that I get to serve the wonderful clowns of Hearts & Minds. My artistic family. A big responsibility. A big joy. A big challenge. I will do it with my whole heart.
I am so excited for the future of Hearts & Minds. Bring it on!
What a pleasure to make a piece especially for the Galoshans Festival this year, and to have the chance to make work at the Beacon Arts Centre again. What an inspiring workshop space!
I so hope we get to perform this again. It was such a pleasure to work with Lucy and Diane - they are hilarious, committed and creative performers, and made the devising process of this piece a pure pleasure. The design work of Fergus was once again an incentive to raise our game, and make sure we delivered something that lived up to his vision. He wrote a lovely blog about the piece which you can read here. He is way more eloquent about it than I could be! Melanie Jordan was a great outside eye, and brought out our characters and gave us confidence to take up space and be slow.
Here are some snaps...
I am a therapeutic clown and performer. Writing here is part of my wider practice and maybe some of my thoughts will trigger some thoughts of your own and I hope that helps.