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Gimme Lithium or Death, by Sean Burn – 2004

December 30, 2011

Gimme Lithium or Death, by Sean Burn – 2004

Directed by Alan Marni
SHORTLISTED PLAYWRIGHT’S 3 DAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP, 2004

The piece culminated in a staged reading to an invited audience. Since then, Sean has reworked the script and produced a new version.
Cast included: Laura Eades, Amani Johara and Michelle Bourne

“having a script ‘playgrounded’ was a really superlative experience for me: gimme lithium or death was taken to the next level by all the hardwork put in during those days of rehearsal/reading. I cant thank you enough for that.” Sean Burn

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Masterclasses with Marcello Magni 2004-2003

December 30, 2011

Masterclasses with Marcello Magni 2004-2003

“One of the most generous and intuitive teachers I have had the pleasure to work with. His eagle eye let’s you away with nothing, his discipline pushes you further and the fun and pleasure he has for his work and students, brings you back year after year”. Clare McKenna, actress.

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The Lemon Pincess

December 30, 2011

The Lemon Pincess –
a co production with The Caird Company.

From an original idea by and directed by Ruth Carney

4 WEEK DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 2003
Written by Rachael Mcgill

First inspired by conversations between Ruth Carney and Stephen Forber, whose daughter died of nvCJD in 2001 at the age of 21. From an article in The Guardian Ruth started a six month research project into this story of human tragedy. This resulted in two weeks work with the Oxford School of Drama which was then presented at The National Theatre. From this The Caird Company became involved and so did Rachael McGill and The Playground. This continued work resulted in a staged reading at the West Yorkshire Playhouseas part of the BBC Northern Exposures Season and a presentation at The Old Vic, as part of Old Vic New Voices.

Cast included: Nia Gwynne, Joanna Marks, Simon Muller and Richard Stacey

“Without The Playgrounds involvement in this three year labour of love we would not be going ahead as a full production at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2005″ Ruth Carney

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WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE

December 30, 2011

WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE – The Lemon Princess,
4 February 2003 to 5 March 2003, Courtyard Theatre

“Mad cow disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. I mean who thinks these names up? I prefer Mad Cow, at least you can still say it when you’re pissed. Me daughter says you can get it from mechanically recovered meat products. I asked if that meant the RAC scraping up roadkill and selling it on.” Despite their bickering stage double act on the Leeds pub circuit, Mike and his seventeen year old daughter Becky are TIGHT. She pretends not to laugh at his jokes, he pretends not to encourage her singing career, they nick each other’s fags and moan about their non-existent love lives. Then Becky’s behaviour starts to become very unusual. By Rachael McGill

Cast includes: Elaine Glover, Nigel Hastings and Lesley Vickerage

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The Secret Agent

December 30, 2011

The Secret Agent

3 WEEK DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 2003
Directed by William Galinsky

A devised piece of theatre originally based on and around the footnotes of Joseph Conrads ‘The Secret Agent’

Cast included: Geoffry Beevers, Caitriona Mclaughin, John Joyce, Annie Tobyn, You-ri Yamanaka, John Albasiny, Laurence Harvey and Tylan Halici.

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Masterclass with Hideki Noda 2003

December 30, 2011

Masterclass with Hideki Noda 2003

“He encouraged us to give ourselves a good creative shaking. All this stuff just bubbled up from hidden places, it was very inspiring”.
Peter Keswick

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The London Project

December 30, 2011

The London Project

1 WEEK DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 2002
Directed by Di Trevis

A music theatre piece based on excerpts from Mayhews book ‘London Labour and London Poor’

Creative team and cast included:

Designer: Pamela Howard
Music: Dominic Muldowney
Dramaturg: Colin Chambers

Aimee Cowen, Samantha Robinson, Branwell Donaghey, John Rogan, Karl Johnson, Lucy Stevens, Sara Kestelman, David Sturzaker, Warren Mitchell

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Masterclasses with Henryk Baranowski

December 30, 2011

Masterclasses with Henryk Baranowski 2001, 2002

“I really enjoyed working with Henryk & would sell my mother to do so again”.
Caitriona McGlaughlin, director and actress

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The Idiot

December 30, 2011

The Idiot

DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AND PRODUCTION 2000-2001
Directed by Henryk Baranowski

A new adaptation by Henryk Baranowski and Jane Corbett of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. Developed over a five week period with 8 actors and cellist Kathryn Locke, culminating in performance to an invited audience at The Playground. The production then went on a four week run at The Riverside Studios. Subsequently, the production was invited to the International Theatre Festival in Beijing China.

Set against the crumbling world of Russia’s old aristocracy, two men become rivals for a notorious woman.

“The tale contrasts spiritual and carnal love, compassion and greed. Baranowski’s flexible wooden set is used to striking effect. The production’s visual style is impressive”. The Stage

“It could be that it takes a director from Eastern Europe to bring to life the dark passions and strange dichotomies that characterise the Russian peoples. Certainly, Polish director Henryk Baranowski’s production of The Idiot is one of the best stage adaptations of its kind that I have ever seen”. Disability Times

Cast included (Riverside production): David Gwillim, Bernice Stegers, Sarah O’Keefe, Amanda Beckman, Kathryn Lock, Rhydian Jones, Alan Marni, Naomi Sorkin,
and Philip Rham

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The Present

December 14, 2011

The Present

FILM: FOUR WEEKS’ DEVELOPMENT, TWO WEEKS’ SHOOT 2001
Written and Directed by Nick Ward
An experimental film based on Nick Ward’s original stage play ‘The Present’

Cast included: Katrin Cartlidge, Susan Vidler, Roland Manookian, Chris Simon and Marcello Magni

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