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12 Hours to go.

By Stef Smith (writer and director of The Silence of Bees)

12 Hours to go.

Packing some essentials for day one. I’m nervous, excited, tired and wired. Above all I (think) am ready. These characters having been occupying my head for literally years. Time to give them heartbeats and voices.

The plan for day one? In a word: discussion. We will naturally read the script but above all the four of us will be sharing thoughts, feelings, impulses and air. To my knowledge the performers haven’t worked together and apart from sporadic development days (on different projects) I haven’t worked with them. For me rehearsals have to be a safe place, of care, of thoughtfulness, of heart. The danger of our rehearsals comes not from acrobatics or fire or nudity but from people exposing their emotions, their stories, themselves. I include myself in this. It can be funny what can expose you. Sometimes when you least expect it you are rendered the most vulnerable.

I can’t wait. I’m just (rather selfishly) hoping it’s not a gloriously beautiful day as we work in the belly of the Arches.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.


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by Gary Gardiner (performance artist, Thatcher’s Children)

Well hello there

So Thatcher discussion are all the rage just now. In fact it seems that every time I open my computer up there is a new Guardian article or Facebook discussion about her: taxpayers funding her planned state funeral, Iron Lady reviews, dementia, alcoholism (yeah I was surprised by the latter too). It seems that Thatcher is in the ether and hopefully some of that can be captured in Thatcher’s Children.

When I think back to my original proposal for Thatcher’s Children, it’s interesting how my inquiry has deepened and widened as a result of actually exploring the ideas practically in the space with my collaborators: Tom Hobbins, Kirsty Byers, Lucy Gaizely and Rob Jones. The concepts that I thought were complex have morphed and shifted, and those that at first seemed simple have grown legs and now seem indivisible from every other aspect of Thatchers reign.

However, now the exciting part begins. Our next 2 development weeks will see us trying to collate these various dynamic themes and inquiries into a coherent whole: a performance that attempts to communicate something massive but tangible. I stress the word attempt.

Very excited to get stuck into the next phase!


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