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December 7, 2017

SOME MONTHS ON............So, it's early December and we've been to Germany and England with what is now The Electra Legacy. We also took Romeo and Juliet and SNOW WHITE but I'll stick to talking about The Electra Legacy except to say none of us could really have predicted the tremendous success of SNOW WHITE. Wait. There's a lesson in this or a reminder. Don't discount as lesser or trivial something that brings joy to an audience. SNOW WHITE is witty and clever with good songs and choreography...

July 8, 2017

We are now at the end of part 1: that is to say, our initial performance season is over. Sentimentality would have me sing the praises of all involved including the audiences. Opening night was reasonably well attended but what was lacking in numbers was more that made up for in appreciation. I wasn't there but every bit of feedback spoke of a terrific show, as if the cast didn't think this possible...interesting. I knew it wasn't ready but I also felt that what was there would be very well rec...

June 12, 2017

I wasn't at opening night. Strange that, given the emotional and intellectual commitment to the project. Simple explanation: I don't keep a diary and that means every now and then I'm in two places at the same time. I was at Malthouse with our Wesley Year 8 Standing Up for Shakespeare performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was sublime but my mind did wander to what was happening at Mills Street.

Nuworks has never been so not ready for opening night and yet I was pretty relaxed. What was th...

May 21, 2017

Bring it on seems about the right sentiment now. We've never worked so tirelessly on a project but each rehearsal and recording session brings us closer to preview performances and each reveals the potential that we want to unlock. Time may work against us but I keep in mind the tenet of my last post. In any case this is not a short term project with an eye firmly cast on the Edinburgh Festival at a later date. For now, we will be satisfied that the production merits attention. We think its ter...

May 13, 2017

Wedneday night beset with illnesses, no Andy or Sian and this was the time set aside for filming the ELECTRA PROMO. Actually things turned out very nicely as we focused on tour ELECTRA. The promo was largely for folk overseas anyway and Tove is Orestes in that version. Laura also benefitted by being able to shadow Sam and we got through a mountain of work AND managed to get the filming done too. Delighted with the promo which goes live tonight and is a good representation of the production. It'...

April 6, 2017

Rehearsal everything I could have wished for. We made great leaps and bounds, more like ten steps forward and one back, the backward step being the new song Democracy's Dead. Marc was struggling with the rap section at the beginning. We discussed this and decided to ditch it and that I would attempt something different and get it to him asap. I went home and came up with something that I considered infinitely better and in fact it may shape the development of the entire second half...we'll see....

April 3, 2017

A few week have passed. Everyone is working with tremendous energy and enthusiasm. Still and inevitably, in one sense, it's two steps forward and one step back. Nevertheless, thankfully we're moving forward again, not just playing catch up. It's slow but then I'm terribly impatient by nature. Rehearsal is tonight and I'm really looking forward to driving us well into the second half. One point of inspiration is Sam's incredible voice, particularly when she shifts into opera mode. It lends anoth...

March 15, 2017

New Web Site, thanks Geoff and Matt. And here we go, quick summary: close to thirty years of Nuworks and three at our new home Mills Street Warehouse which we share with Issie and Ben. It's been quite an amazing journey as the 'arts hub' morphs and changes and Nuworks continues to evolve. We've been very successful so far measured by a number of terrific shows, some brand new and others adaptations of Shakespeare.
 

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