Performance In A Time of Action

Blog by Finn Boyle


The American 1975 shark-centred horror film Jaws was released to the public proudly declaring; “Soon you’ll be afraid to go in the water”. The threat of an incident – one that could grievously injure or kill someone – committed by some hidden beast was enough to genuinely put some people off water and swimming. There is something profoundly theatrical and captivating about an anxiety and fear so strong it can make one fearful of an act as simple as swimming. After all, one would think, what could be scarier than that? Perhaps an environment where no one is afraid of going into the water. Quite the opposite, we live in a world where people are now fearful to go into the air.

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Isolation and humanity’s dark side: ‘Shining’

By Pablo Laguna who played Delbert Grady in Bath Spa Productions/David Glass Ensemble performance of ‘Shining’


On the afternoon of the 17th March we were told that the six remaining performances of Shining were cancelled. This decision was taken as a measure to combat COVID-19. After eight performances distributed across four days, this collaborative project presented by Bath Spa Productions and the David Glass Ensemble came to an end. Shining was our own revision and tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s film, based on Stephen King’s novel. Now, I can’t help but find irony in the fact that a piece which depicts the dangers of isolation was cancelled due to the population needing to go into lockdown. I guess there is life in theatre as much as there is theatre in life. Continue reading “Isolation and humanity’s dark side: ‘Shining’”

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Treatment for a Covid-19 story

By Simon Gleave


As I write, Korina is pacing back and forth in the apartment unfolding and refolding clothes, unpacking then organising then dusting then repacking corners, moving chairs to make space then cleaning her hands and telling me to clean my hands and then cleaning her hands again. She is still in her dressing gown.

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Thank you for your interest in bringing Requiem for Change to your school.

This vital production has been developed internationally by young performers whose lives will be affected by the choices and actions we are taking—or failing to take—now. 

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A reflection on: Mayhem

Blog post by Brennan Tutterrow


At the end of last year, I was working as the Assistant Director on Mayhem: A Post Punk Apocalopera with the David Glass Ensemble. Being inspired by Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, this piece speaks of humanity’s desire to fit in. In order to fit in to the collective, however, we must hide any uniqueness.

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An Insight Into Bleak House Rehearsals

By Marja Vuori, theatre director
I was welcomed generously into the rehearsal room of remounting Bleak House by both the cast and creatives who gave me their support and embraced my contribution to the project. What David has done is surround himself with yes-people who embrace the process of making exceptional theatre.

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Blog: Reflecting on China, the UK and the Future


By Joseph Lynch, Associate Artist & Trainer

As the last of the dust from the summer sun starts to settle and the weather warnings of flash floods and hard-core drizzle begin bombarding UK screens once again, David asks me to take a moment to reflect on my time with the Ensemble these past few months, on China and returning to the UK.
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Q & A: Bleak House with director David Glass

How did the idea of reimaging Bleak House come about?

I saw Mike Alfreds Shared Experience version back in 1975 and had also read the book. Theatrically speaking, it was inspiring as well as thematically a cracking great story. Back in 2015 I was asked by AUB to direct a production and I suggested doing Mike’s adaption. However when I spoke to Mike, he said there was no script so I decided to do my own highly physical production incorporating aspects of melodrama in a contemporary way. It turned out to be very different from Mike’s version.

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Announcement: Bleak House UK Tour

Bleak House is a powerfully physical, gothic retelling of the Dickens’ novel that follows Esther Summerson’s search for family and identity set against a brutal legal system hell bent on destroying those beneath it. Pickpockets, prostitutes rowdy drunks and con artists all feature, immersing us into a dank Victorian Britain, recreating the dark and dismal world of the lower orders of London.

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