Well, we're reaching the end of my Artist Residency at the Quay. [Oh no he isn't, OH YES HE IS! - sorry directing a panto at the moment] I've got two big things left to complete, but otherwise we're nearly at the end. One is the last part of The Trolls Trilogy which has been brutally delayed - sorry everyone! - but I wasn't happy writing it in short chunks, it was doing something to the flow I didn't like by the end of Lost Tribe - so it'll be released in longer chunks in the last few weeks of the year. * So far Paper Moon Trolls (an unfortunate acronym) is coming along nicely, so I think I made the right decision.
The end point for Trolls will be the promised live performance. But this isn't going to be a big show and it won't be quite the same as the full length online story. It'll be shorter, tighter and secret. It'll be a pop up show for my funders and loyal supporters only - though I might squeeze you in if you ask nicely.
But before I finally reveal the final show of the year, let's give you a run down of events so far!
1. The Trolls Trilogy - under construction. Well received so far online, over a thousand people have listened so far...
2. You Have Been Watching - 'sold' out installation. Surprisingly good response.
3. Hang - radio play almost universally loved by all. Available as an audio download and script.
4. The Juliet Inquiry - a public inquiry version of the Shakespeare play. We got such a good reaction to the play that it was revived in October and I've future plans for it either next year or for the 2016 Shakespeare death anniversary. So far only available in script form.
5. The Shakespeare Delusion - the second (or first, depending on your point of view) play of my little Shakespeare trilogy. Again very well received - streamed live online as well as London revivals at the LOST Theatre.
6. Complicated Pleasures - the big misstep of a project. Liked by many, loved by many, hated by many. A long post about this is long overdue, I just haven't had the strength to write it.
7. Attack of the Christmas Squirrels - was this number 7? I forget. The projects have changed over the year and this was, ironically, the second show to be completed. This is a home storytelling show open to anyone who wants to see it. Just get in touch, it won't go away. Well received at the premiere.
8. Historic Crimes - another radio play, live streamed and with a great critical response. The final play in my Shakespeare Trilogy, making that a nice little hat trick. Soon to be available as an audio download and script.
9. The Museum of Tat - audio comedy series with my good friend Michael Fouldes. Still available to listen to now. Generally well received, but not enough feedback yet. Listen again here.
10. THE END OF THE ROAD SHOW! This will feature as it's centrepiece Beware of the Blob - a very silly story about my love of B-Movies and featuring a lot of balloons. There will be singing, dancing and a bar. A great way to end my residency and good fun for all. I would live stream it, but who'd be listening? It's New Year's Eve!
Also I did a bit of audio work, trying a radio show, which didn't really work as no one listened. Except for one person who did and was really hurt that I didn't tell anyone when I stopped doing them. Sorry. I've also added a few recordings to the Before Shakespeare project, wrote a short monologue about political opportunism and backed up a lot of data. On top of acting in three plays for other people (She Stoops to Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest and Waiting for Godot) and directing a Pantomime.
*I wrote at the time, in earlier blogs, that the structure was working - but I was so wrong. Sometimes you can delude yourself into thinking things that so not true.