Category: Technology and Creativity

  • Adventures in Tana: Setting up a reviewing system Part 2

    In Part 1 of this blog-post series I emphasised the importance of the foundational planning phase. If you haven’t already read it, take a look before you get stuck into this part of the post. As a freelancer my work is project-based so having a system that is as powerful as Tana to interlink and…

  • Adventures in Tana: Planning and Reviewing: Part 1

    It’s that time of the year; calendars and diaries are on their last pages and new ones are being offered in some shops for those who like to track the passing of time with paper prompts on the wall. There’s a sense of Auld Lang Syne, of things ending, of the old year dying and…

  • Keep Your Hook Baited

    Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. Ovid There is no plan. Daniel Pink – The Adventures of Johnny Bunko I’m often asked by about-to-graduate performing arts students (mostly actors) for advice on how to go about developing a…

  • Directing at a (safe) distance: MACBETH IN THE DARK

    Some months ago, I watched David Berthold interview the great director Peter Sellars. Among other things, Sellars noted the possible upsides of the pandemic. “There’s an upside?” I wondered. But Sellars said something which I’ve kept front and centre in my thinking for the past almost 6 months: “The virus is our teacher.”  Those five…

  • Talking Theatre in 2009: Only Connect

    Talking Theatre in 2009: Only Connect

    This is being written over 10 years after several theatre friends based in the UK and the USA Matt Boothman, Travis Bedard, ‘Old Bear’ and yours truly had been chatting for about a week on a site called Utterli – a kind of mini-podcasting application at the time. We’d turned our attention to the theatre’s use…

  • Brisbane: Wanted – a cultural reality check

    I heard a great interview this morning on ABC612 Brisbane with Sam Strong, the ‘newish’ (since last November) Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company. Among other things, Sam sketched out some of his ideas to make QTC a national theatre leader. Anyway, it was exciting and refreshing to hear Sam hint at his plans and talk up his…