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I’m planning to publish the script of my 2005 play Upside Down and Back to Front as a book in the near future. I’ve sent off for a proof copy and this is the cover I’m thinking of using.
The play tells the story of a photographer travelling around Worcestershire in 1913 and the present-day story of a batch of pictures being found in an attic. It has loads of characters, which means the cast of three have to work really hard!
The play was commissioned and produced by artworcs at the Number 8 Community Arts Centre in Pershore. It was fun to do.
The cover image features my Gran in the hop yards when she was a girl.
More news on this soon.
>Last Thursday I travelled up to Worcester for a wake. Like all good wakes it was a cheerful affair, but it marked a passing.
In 2003 Sheila Farrell, Deborah Rees, Peter Wild and I set up an arts production company called artworcs. This was partly a reaction to the City Council cutting funding to the city’s producing theatre, The Swan, and partly a desire to create a company to produce cross-art form work utilising the professional talent based in and around Worcester.
Between 2003 and 2007 artworcs created a whole series of projects. These included Upside Down and Back to Front in 2005 (visual arts, education workshops and a newly commissioned play) and The Worcester Pilgrim (visual arts, early music and Alex Jones’ play of the same name performed in Worcester Cathedral). The company collaborated with many great artists and educators in all of these projects.
Although the team remain individually active in the arts, artworcs is now closed for business. We achieved a lot.
The wake was a great chance to catch up with Sheila, Deborah and Peter.
Photo: Charlie McCarthy, Paul Clarkson and Polly Lister in my play Upside Down and Back to Front (photo: Robert Day)
I was staying in the Midlands for the weekend’s 20/20 conference in Birmingham (I’ll write about that in the next few days).
Friday was an empty day, so I got on my bike and headed over Ankerdine to Herefordshire via the Bromyard Downs. This was a ride through my training grounds of 30 years ago. The rhythm of the landscape (slower than it used to be) and the unfolding map of my memory made it a special ride.
It’s not quite nostalgia – physical effort keeps you in the moment. But there’s a kind of muscle memory (not always accurate – I was caught out on some bends) that speaks the past through you. It makes me realise how little I know the area I now live in. It takes years to get the whole map in your head.
>I’ve just been down to the High Street to buy a copy of The Radio Times. My first radio play is on Radio 4 next week (Tuesday at 2.15) and I wanted to see the details in print. And there they are! Unfortunately the play didn’t make the cover – Daniel Craig has some new film coming out.
The play, called Upside Down and Back to Front, is an adaptation of a stage play I wrote for artworcs. Cutting it to half the length, increasing the cast size from 3 to 8 and trying to work out how to write for radio almost stymied me. It’s a very different play with a very different meaning (?).
Later – I’ve just spotted that they’ve mis-credited one of the actors: Florence is played by Alex Tregear, not Alex Kelly (both great actors).