Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Performers, film makers, musicians, translators, design, and direction:

Leigh Kelly, Katy Jungmann, Marney Walker, Gregory Gudgeon, Jonathan Swain, Penny Dimond, Gary Merry, Kathryn Hamilton-Hall, Paloma Melis, Mirek Smeke, Chris Tranchell, Anna Pesek, Lucy Daniels, Anthony Best, Zuzana Jochman.

Monday, 30 July 2012


These jubilee celebrations are affecting my head. When we were making the poster, emailing it back and forth to Krumlov, I found it really hard to work out what accent went where. Even when I had worked out where the Czech keyboard was on the computer (system preferences : international) getting the hang of the lettering was tough. 
Once we were in the Czech republic it all became clear. All those crowns on top of the letters, lovely. Made me happy all day to see them. They are háček in Czech or carons in unicode. Sparrows in children's cartoon books. They indicate a rise in tone on the second part of the letter. 
Potentially useful in English, especially the questioning tone of Mid Atlantic pronunciation. They could spice up the radio times and bill boards with a few well chosen accents here and there. Introduce The Caron Now.
Our last day in Cesky Krumlov, twelve hours of travelling ahead. Getting on and off trains is tricky, particularly with heaps of costumes, speakers, instruments, tools and other bags. It seems to get trickier the further East you travel. By the time you get to the Czech Republic you have to make a dash across other railway tracks and clamber up dangling steps set at neck height. Makes me think that Anna K's death might have been an accident after all. A Health and Safety nightmare that somehow dredges up lost memories from my sub conscience/TV viewing past.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Our Bank

Sometimes an idea takes on a life of it's own. 'Our Bank' a newly composed song for our production of Jubilee, can now be heard being sung into the early hours in every bar in Cesky Krumlov.

The Inner Tent

Twelve hundred miles, twenty minutes late (not our problem, recalcitrant goat). First up on the first night of the first Souladeni Festival the New Factory swept the boards. Actually the audience sat on the stage, the show was done on the grass and around a hole that mysteriously appeared, downstage left. Bank heist, mine workings or Grand Design? Plenty of clapping, laughter and music. 
Great success, a great occasion. Pity about my grotty pic to document the finale, but you get the gist.

Pre match

The line up (without Kathryn) just before kick off outside the team HQ. Very sensible.

The actor prepares

In a brave gesture Gregory takes a dip in the water butt outside his house, claims he is looking for the other performers. Ridiculous.