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Last week I spent two lovely days, rehearsing and devising for the Wild Works project – 100: The Day Our World Changed.

This is a composition for the climax of the show, at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in August 2014. 

A New Exciting Year

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And so here we are. 2014. I’m writing this in-between shows at The Egg Theatre in Bath, during the last week of the Moomins run.

Its time to leave Moominland Midwinter behind and crack on with all the other projects on the to-do list. Firstly its time to start composing for two productions – The Winters Tale (YPT, The Egg in March) and 100 (Wild Works, Heligan Gardens in August). Recording has begun for both, with The Winters Tale having a pompous, string led recorded soundtrack. Using cello, mandolin and dulcimer to create a rather british Sicilia. 100 will be a one day, site-specific event in August, to commemorate the beginning of the First World War. I’ll be having a 2 day R&D session at The Kneehigh Barns, to start collecting the required sounds and tunes for the event. Wild Works are intending to work with all sorts of people from the community. So this will be my first time writing for choirs!

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March see’s me embarking on a four month project with Sally Cookson and Benji Bower in Hetty Feather. The show will be premiered at The Rose Theatre Kingston in April, and will tour throughout the UK, and on to Dubai.

But there’s also more plans afoot with Silly Boys. Yes, as we take a break from touring after the success of The Tallest Horse on Earth; we will be returning in the autumn with a brand new children’s show, commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre. This show may tour, but will also be shorty followed up by Two Punks And A Tandem. A brand new play by Callum Mitchell, which all sounds very exciting.

Exciting indeed.

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TWO PUNKS AND A TANDEM

P.S. (And don’t forget Bash Street Theatre will be on tour with The Last Illusion this coming spring. Featuring live music by yours truly.)

 

Moominland Midwinter.

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And so we find ourselves one week into the run, of Moominland Midwinter at The Egg, Bath. It’s hard to believe that we started rehearsals just about five weeks ago! With beautiful puppets and animations from Horse and Bamboo, a stunning set and a cracking cast, it’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of this lovely team.

Waking early from his winter hibernation, Moomintroll sets off to explore a snowy Moominland, but the places which he knows so well in summer have all changed. He finds Too-Ticky and her invisible shrews living in his summer bathing house and Little My is wearing Moominmamma’s tray and tea-cosy! Following a run-in with the Lady of the Cold and a certain forgetful Squirrel, Moomintroll is forced to make some very grown-up decisions… Heart-warming, humorous and spellbinding, this is a wondrous Christmas fantasy for all the family to enjoy together.

Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories are loved all over the world, crossing barriers of language, age and culture. The books have been translated into 43 different languages and have also been animated and turned into a feature film. This will be the first time ever that The Moomins have appeared on stage in the UK.

I feel hugely privileged to be part of this show. Not only due to the momentousness of it being the UK premier, but also due to my deep regard for The Moomins, and it’s entrancing world.

The show runs until the 12th of January, at The Egg, Bath.

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So Long Larry

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And so ends The Tallest Horse On Earth tour. I’ll miss you Larry, Tony, Crackleboots, Silly and Tim.

10 months on from forming Silly Boys, we found ourselves in the Scottish highlands about to perform our last show of the year. We’ve now produced 50 performances of a variety of shows across 3 countries. From cafes to festivals, village halls to theatres. Thanks to everyone who has supported and helped. We love you all enormously. Special thanks to Jim, Alex & Mae.

And now on to the Moomins.

Oh, and I’m also really proud of my van!