This is a single frame from a digital art piece called Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel), by digital artist John Gerrard. The video I took this image from is a short retrospective on Gerrard’s work by the Tate Modern. (Hence the watermark in the corner) I first found out about John Gerrard when I saw another piece that he ad made, Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oaklahoma, on display (also at The Tate Modern.) I’ve never actually seen Thousand Year Dawn in person and haven’t been able to find much information on it outside of the above video and a very small Wikipedia section. But despite this, Thousand Year Dawn is one of my favourite pieces of artwork, and a piece which I think about constantly in my own writing.Continue reading “Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel) by John Gerrard”
For the next 4 weeks, I will be working on a one-man show called Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country, starring Saul Reichlin at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.
On the 23rd and 24th August I will be operating on ‘The Visitor’ at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington, London.
From the 19th June to 7th July, I’ll be stage managing for All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company. Their new season of shows, ‘Remember The Clause‘, is playing at The Courtyard Theatre in Old Street and features three full length shows.
- Measure for Measure (LGBT Version) by William Shakespeare
- As Is by William F. Hoffman
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
These three plays are running on different nights, so be sure to check to see which plays are running on which evening.
Remember the Clause commemorates the 30th anniversary of Clause 28, a UK ruling which forbade schools from promoting or even awknowledging the existence of homosexuality.
I am very happy to be a part of this project and I’m really happy to be working with this wonderful and friendly company. Continue reading “[SM] Remember the Clause @ The Courtyard Theatre”
It’s now been a couple of weeks since Scenic Reality was performed as a rehearsed reading at the Hope Theatre last month. I’ve had some time to digest all the feedback from everyone who came to see the reading and begin working on the next edit of the play. I’d like to thank Abbigayle Bircham, Ayse Huseyin and Olly Nelken (Mornington Media) for managing the recording of the performance.
While the recorded version of the reading probably won’t be publically released any time soon, there will still be more opportunities to see Scenic Reality as well as other projects that I’m a part of by following me on Facebook, Twitter and the blog. My director, Samantha Wright, and I have definately not finished with this show yet so be sure to keep an eye out, but in the mean time here’s a few moments from last month’s show:
Yesterday the full cast, Samantha Wright and I got together for the first time to rehearse the rehearsed reading for Scenic Reality. I made a short behind the scenes video while the rehearsal was in progress. (Photographs below)
As my first one-act play, Scenic Reality, is getting its’ first performance next month, I thought I’d write a bit about something that was very important to me when writing the play; that is, making sure that the characters could be played by as many different kinds of people as possible. This naturally led to questions about gender, and how I could give people the option to change a characters gender without affecting the story or the text itself. I was a bit wary about not giving the characters any gender at all, as I felt that would make the characters too hard to picture on paper, and writing ‘he/she/they’ every time it came up in the script would be a nightmare to read. Continue reading “Gender Neutral Playwriting”
We are pleased to confirm the venue of Scenic Reality’s rehearsed reading. It will be at The Hope Theatre, Upper Street N1. The reading will be from 3pm to 4pm on 27th April and there will be time for feedback afterwards.
Tickets are still available and are free, so be sure to get on EventBrite if you would like to see the show.
Please note: the reading is no longer at the Hen & Chickens theatre as previously referred to. Any tickets already reserved are still valid.
Damien Blake has been trying to be a renowned film director ever since they left school. They starts their journey with their three best friends, a bleak outlook of society and a desire to create something important. They ends their journey with only one of these things. Set against the background of rising university fees and rising university pressures, Scenic Reality is about the trials and fears behind moving into the real world and how some of us desperately try to avoid it.
Scenic Reality is coming to the Hope Theatre. On the 27th April 2018, at 3pm, this rehearsed reading will be the first public performance a play that I’ve been working on for a while. Directed by the wonderful Samantha Wright (Co-Founder of New Room Theatre) and with a brilliant cast.
To book tickets, click the link above or below this post. All tickets are free but please only book them once you have confirmed you can come as seating is limited.
Looking forward to seeing you there. Continue reading “Scenic Reality Rehearsed Reading”