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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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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