I have written a number of reports / articles on a number of things. Here is where you can find some of them.
At the moment I am just assembling. I’ll get to a narrative soon. Bear with me.
Dramaturgy of Writing for Performance
At the end of 2008, in association with Graeae and the Arcola, writernet hosted It Isn’t Fixed, a day of visioning; of ideas and discourse around playwrights and playwriting: of future challenges and possibilities. writernet was winding up after 10 years, with another 13 years backstory before that as New Playwrights Trust. We wanted to bring playwrights together for a day to inspire, affect and challenge current thinking and practice as a spur to better quality work generated in a broader set of contexts.
HYDROPONIC – was a performing arts project aimed at unearthing and developing the very best in new writing and theatre practice from the culturally diverse community and artists in Reading and its surrounding region. A partnership project co funded by the Arts Council England – South East and Reading Borough Council it was delivered in three phases by Jonathan Meth and Gabriel Gbadamosi at writernet.
Commissioning The Future brought together 80 invited literary managers, directors, writers and theatre makers at the Young Vic on a Saturday in March 1997 to consider Literary Management.
Out of Context was a one day gathering of writers and organisations working in Applied Theatre held at Stratford Circus in 2002 to explore The role of the writer in the wider community. This is the Keynote address I wrote, given by Gary McKeone, then Director of Literature, Arts Council of England
Challenging Language was a one day laboratory held 23 January 1999 at the Jerwood Space, in response to a call from theatre writers to explore new processes of writing theatre. It was an initiative of writernet and funded by the Arts Council of England and London Arts Board. The form of the lab’ concentrated on enabling practice to be explored through method led sessions on four different processes. A series of provocateurs had previously been identified, representing disciplines from performance writing through text projection to dance and film. These were invited to make three minute contributions, called upon by the chair at appropriate points.
I wrote this report for the Arts Council of Wales on the state of new writing in the English language in Wales. As an English non-playwright I knew that this was a liberty. I took it and with it the opportunity to try and posit a navigational strategy in which Welsh playwrights might better see themselves. It’s not what ACW were expecting. No matter. The National Theatre of Wales, under John E McGrath’s leadership, flourishes. as will Welsh playwriting under him, Rachel O’Riordan at Sherman Cymru and others.
I wrote this report for the Arts Council of England as a way of recognising the enormous quantity of amateur theatre produced in the UK and with the aim of bringing professional playwrights into more meaningful contact with that.
Documentation, which I edited, of 4 days of workshop demonstrations, panel debates and masterclasses at the National Theatre Studio in 1998. 20 snapshots showing the diversity of new writing development in the UK in the 1990s
This Reader was designed by me as a precursor to the Pro-sessional day in 2007 at Soho Theatre, engaging with current and established best practice on dramaturgical process. Drawn from the collective knowledge of the partners: The Dramaturgs Network, The Literary Managers Forum, Total Theatre and writernet, the reader functions to establish a relationship between previous discussions and this practice.
disPlay 4 was an 18 month journey towards production, and beyond…This report details in full the programme which saw a commission, three taught terms of dramaturgy for 4 disabled theatre writers as part of a partnership between writernet, Soho Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company in 2003. It was written by me as Project Director and includes reflections from all 4 writers, the partnership of three companies and the Project dramaturg.
This was a presentation I gave originally in 2014 on Sarah Kane, Theatre and Mental Health to students on the Beautiful Mind module on the Mental Health MSc at King’s College / The Maudesley. I updated it in for a 2018 presentation and will do so again for the 2019 one.