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Day 1 – New Beginnings

It’s Monday morning in the BoP office and there’s a feeling of excitement in the air. We are about to start rehearsals of a brand new play by Lesley Hart, Role Shift. Role Shift is a crazy, mind-bending comedy set in the casino around the roulette table on a cruise ship. It’s about the struggle […]

Tomsk Blog 4 – Lost in translation

A lot of the theatre terms we take for granted in the UK don’t have a similar meaning over here. When I set up a first run through the other day expecting the usual nervous energy filled stagger through you get from UK actors – although of course they are all totally off the book […]

Tomsk Blog 3 – Damn fine soup Tatyana!

Part of the joy of collaborating with companies overseas is working with artists you might not generally meet that then bring a whole new flavour to your work and learning about whole new ways of doing things. At the same time it’s important to recognise that the company also want what you bring to the […]

Tomsk Blog 2 – Russia is full of surprises

Russia is full of surprises. I think it’s generally accepted that the social inclusion agenda for deaf and disabled people is way behind our own and certainly as I wrote about last time that’s the case for disabled people who simply don’t exist. However for the deaf community it’s not as clear cut and in […]

Tomsk Blog 1 – The Little Chocolate House

It’s the start of something but also it feels like I began this journey a long time ago. Today Sergey Jakovsky and I wait at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam for our flight to Moscow where a connecting flight will then takes us on to Tomsk in Siberia. In Tomsk I will be working for Birds of […]