Little Voices

A fascinating project has recently wrapped up in London. A group of journalists from The Guardian newspaper, collaborated with theatre makers from the Royal Court Theatre to make a series of six ‘micro’ State of the Nation plays plays, running under the banner, Off The Page.  There is a video introduction to the series here.


Each of the plays explores a different topic. Britain Isn’t Eating satirizes the UK government’s approach to food banks and the ‘feckless poor’. Devil in the Detail explores the emotional relationship that women have with clothes. PPE examines the power of politicians’ physical gestures – and the failure to engineer real change after the financial crisis.The Funereal Game explores racial tensions on and off the football pitch and the idea that sport embodies the country’s identity crisis. Finally, Groove is in the Heart examines the changing relationship with music and technology. For each of the plays there is a making of article which you can click-through to via the links above. The videos of the plays are embedded there too. Whilst obviously written about UK orientated issues, the themes are definitely global and all the pieces are really interesting.


Each play used the same basic staging, but designed individually. A photo montage of the different designs makes interesting viewing here.

Green Stages

Royal Court Theatre, 2004Today, I want to share a thought-provoking video. It is a panel discussion from the Royal Court Theatre in London entitled Can Theatre Ever Be Green. Part of a larger Day of Action on climate change, the theatre’s spaces, including the stage, the bar and the bookshop, were taken over by climatologists, environmentalists and other experts exploring how we might fight climate change as artists, audiences and human beings. This is connected with the performance of 2071 which I wrote about in my recent post Willing To Speak Truth To Power. In the discussion, the panel analyse the responsibility to climate change in their work and discuss more environmentally friendly ways of producing theatre.


The speakers are Natalie Abrahami (Theatre Director), Natasha Chivers (Lighting Designer), Alison Tickell (CEO, Julie’s Bicycle) Ben Todd (Executive Director, Arcola Theatre) and Paul Handley (Production Manager, Chair).

Give it a view. As theatre makers, it will really make you think.