As the blurb runs on the ShadowStage website, why don’t you  ‘come and experience the joy of shadow-play at our FREE Interactive ShadowArt Installation: 8-16 October 2011, 10am-10pm’, all in the Odeon Wimbledon foyer.

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With music from Todd J Hendricks and some flash editing by Charles-Antoine Hennegrave, it’s been quite a process to see my short story squirt out from hard-drive to torch-beam to full-on installation. Consider this an invitation to pop along if you’re in the SW19 area for a 4-minute view –  treat yourself to a play with the enplinthed telephone and flashlights too. Popcorn nearby.



Some progress news with visual clues about one of my short stories – Shadow Stage have added a bit more information about the adaptation of my piece ‘Hang-Ups’ on their site.

Alongside the Shadowstage troupe members, it’s been jotted down that sound-artist Richard Bayley and film-maker and photographer André Stefano are also on board, and that the project will be premiered in October 2011 in the foyer of the Odeon Cinema in Wimbledon as part of the first Merton Arts Trail.  

These photos are stills taken from workshops and give a good impression of the sort of scenes and tone that’ll be involved. I can confirm that my phone and noble profile (below) will not require their individual winnebagi when Cannes rings.


Photographs courtesy of André Stefano



September saw me scamper in a rather ungainly fashion in many directions, most memorably up here:


Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), 604 metres above Lysefjorden and the last place I saw my lungs.


But! While I was getting lost and trialling different genres of ‘bedraggled’, a new short story appeared online.

‘Hang-Ups’ is up at Annexe Magazine, natty purveyors of larks! and sounds! and faces!

Lost Theatre


Just a quick note.



Another chance to see ShadowStage’s Hang-Ups film based on one of my short stories, this time at the Lost Theatre as part of their 5 Minute Festival. If you’re around Lambeth-way in late November, please give it a wave of your eyelids.



Yesterday I met for a workshop with ShadowStage – the UK’s only professional company dedicated to contemporary shadow theatre. Taking place near Green Park in a blacked-out basement, the company comprised of director Leon Conrad, performers Paula and Natasha and puppetmaker Scott (and his marionette Mr. Gao). Within the first hour all involved were rolling silently on the floor with adapted torches, flicking irises and thumbing pools of light. In sum: there are worse ways to spend a morning.

In the afternoon we experimented adapting my story ‘Hang-Ups’ for a short film featuring shadow theatre techniques. The possibilities afforded by the cast shadows – the silhouettes of coiled wire, giant telephone receivers blending with the human form where perspective folded into itself in strangely liquid surges – helped enliven parts of the piece that I had previously considered a little weak and brought pace and emphasis to points that lagged. Thanks to the company’s know-how and inventiveness, just by using paper, lamps and our bodies I think we have the makings of something that’ll deliver delicacy and clout in good measure without my home phone suffering too much in the process.

With a couple more workshops still to go, I’m excited to see what more I can learn about this kind of stagecraft and the whole process of juicing text into physical (let alone lambent) productions. More to come on this project soon, I hope.


UPDATE:  some photos and videos of the workshop here and here.

FURTHER UPDATE: Confirmation from Odeon Wimbledon has come in regarding the ‘Hang Ups’ project, so all being well the installation is confirmed to be staged in October – ‘rrah.

Confirmation from Odeon Wimbledon also in – installation for Hang Ups confirmed for October, so keen to make this happen.



A list of some work, to be updated as and when the chance arrives.




  • ‘The Civil Partnership’ collaborative poem sequence developed with Prue Chamberlain, performed at Camaradefest and Interrobang Fesitvals (2014-15)
  • Composed and performed ‘Changelings’ with Nick Murray, alongside Emily Berry & John Clegg, ​Vahni Capildeo & Jeremy Noel-Tod, ​Kirsty Irving & Harry Man, and Tim Atkins & Jeff Hilson as part of SJ Fowler‘s Auld Enemies project (July 2014)
  • Closet drama ‘Embark’ shortlisted for the Creative Responses to Modernism Competition, Centre for Modern Literature and Culture (May 2014)
  • Live-reviewing durational performance through durational criticism for Exeunt (March 2014)
  • Designing and delivering creative writing workshops for secondary schools and higher education institutions (2011 – present)
  • Member of the organizing committee behind Generative Constraints, the practice-based research conference, and on the editing panel for the resulting publication (2013 – present)
  • ‘Mother of all Parliaments’ commissioned by Royal Holloway, University of London for centenary event celebrating the life of Emily Wilding Davison (Summer, 2013)
  • Staff advisor for Royal Holloway’s student-led undergraduate creative writing anthology (2013)
  • Toddling consultant for Lee Jackson‘s Walking Dickens’ London (Shire General, 2013)
  • ‘Positive Feedback’ commissioned as part of performance series Lange Nacht der Langeweile (2013)
  • Awarded a PenTales Hemingway Fellowship creative residency (2013)
  • Hang-Ups’ developed for a short interactive film installation with ShadowStage theatre company (2011)
  • Awarded Bookbinding For Artists short course certificate, Central Saint Martins College (2011)
  • Article on Reuben Martin, written for the Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s Great Book of Tottenham (2011)
  • Bookbinding short course certificate from Central Saint Martins (2011)
  • Contributor for if:book projects (2011)
  • Short-listed for Harper-Wood Studentship (2011)
  • Short story ‘Channel Light Vessel Automatic’ was developed by composer Steven Jackson into a collaborative piece as part of the Vessel exhibition during ‘Noise of Many Waters‘, the Royal Northern College of Music’s showcase event (2011)
  • London Fringe Festival Short Fiction Awards, 2010: Finalist (‘Synaesthete, Would Like To Meet’)
  • Judge for Pighog Press‘ Short Story Competition for writers of children’s fiction (2010)
  • Various reviews for The Literateur and Fiction Unlimited online journals
  • Co-writer of ‘Erratically Charged’, an audio sitcom broadcast on CUR1350 radio [Series One and Series Two available online], contributing to the station being awarded ‘Student Radio Station of the Year’ at the National Student Radio Awards (2008)
  • Series of sketches commissioned by Somethingelse Production Company for their show ‘Bedtime’, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007)