Convert to Coward

Hayfever by Noel Coward, Directed by Dominic Hill , Designed by Tom Piper, Lighting by Chris Davey. Lyceum 2017

I never imagined I would end up doing a Noel Coward play, I guess my natural style isn't what directors normally think of when contemplating a Coward piece! But thankfully Dominic Hill , with whom I normally collaborate on more miserable fare such as … [Read more...]

Hedda

Hedda Gabler

A bit late in the day writing about this production in my slightly mental year, but this was the second in the double bill at Northern Stage celebrating strong female protagonists. After Frankenstein, also adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic, Hedda was an … [Read more...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein ,Northern Stage 2017

A challenge to work on a new version of this Mary Shelly classic adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic , especially when it is paired with a reworking of Hedda Gabler. Northern Stage, under the direction of Lorne Campbell have asked me to create a single … [Read more...]

Onegin film

Eugene Onegin Garsington 16 by Michael Boyd, Designed by Tom Piper

http://bbc.in/2fFVof0 only a month left to catch this recording of last years Garsington success … [Read more...]

Studies in Blood

7Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten , directed by Erica Whyman, designed by Tom Piper RSC 2016

In tec for 7 acts of Mercy at RSC these photos of a blood drop have captured a Baconesque abstraction due to the slow shutter speed. … [Read more...]

7 Acts of Mercy RSC

7Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten , directed by Erica Whyman, designed by Tom Piper RSC 2016

Bold, hard-hitting and political this new play by Anders Lustgarten, directed by Erica Whyman, fuses Caravaggio painting the canvas which inspired the title with contemporary Liverpool and a family drama of a dying ex docker teaching his grandson … [Read more...]

Curtain Up Back Up

Curtains NY 2016

This exhibition which celebrates the best of international theatrical collaboration between New York and London, which opened earlier this year at the V and A has now transferred to the New York Library of the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center. A … [Read more...]

Harrogate

Harrogate by Al Smith, The pump House Aldeburgh , Directed by Richard Twyman, Designed by Tom Piper. Model 2015

It's back for far too short a run and tour, but really pleased for Al Smith that the writing is getting another outing and great praise from those lucky enough to be able to get into the Royal court upstairs. Since its run at Hightide last year the … [Read more...]

Stephen Clark writer

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Terrible to hear today that Stephen has died. We worked together for many years on Zorro, Carmen La Cubana and most recently on Dr Blighty in his home town of Brighton. He was a gentle man plagued by mysterious ill health, but was always battling … [Read more...]

Iho At Hampstead

Iho By Tony Kushner, Hampstead Theatre 2016, Directed by Michael Boyd, Designed by Tom Piper

In Tec for Iho or the Intelligent Homosexuals Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at Hampstead, an epic family drama set in Brooklyn and New York in 2007. Dealing with themes as varied as the title suggests it is almost … [Read more...]