On my way to Bohemia

GaryThe New Factory

Heading off to Bohemia with The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor tomorrow. An epic two day train journey to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, where we will be presenting ‘Jubilee’ by Anton Chekhov (in both Czech and English) at the very first Souladění Festival. I’ve been working with the English cast, but now looking forward to meeting and working … Read More

Stratford City & The New Oz


I was approached through a friend by Hilary Powell to act as Ozymandias/Dorothy/Wizard at UCL Urban Lab as part of an installation Stratford City & The New Oz – an installation and exploration of the nebulous idea of legacy in relation to the London 2012 Olympics. “This installation arises from the issues and contents of the book ‘The Art of Dissent: Adventures In … Read More

Electric Typewriter

GaryDirecting, saltpeter, Tonseisha - The Man Who Abandoned The World

In the rehearsal room all week putting together an extract from Tonseisha – The Man Who Abandoned The World for a staging at the Dinefwr Literature Festival at the end of this month as part of ‘The Brautigan Book Club Trilogy’. I‘ve blogged elsewhere about Erik Patterson’s sensational play, and how with the aid of composer Kim Ashton I am … Read More

Chekhov in Bohemia

GaryThe New Factory

The New Factory has been invited to perform at the first Souladění Festival in Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic in July 2012. The Festival is headlined by the renowned Czech performer Jaroslav Dušek, and we will be presenting a brand new translation of A Jubilee by Anton Chekhov. We will in fact be performing in both Czech (with local … Read More

The Gilded Vectors of Disease


I am acting as ‘script consultant’ on this great radio project (I love science). I will also be the guest reporter on the ‘Snake’ episode, as well as portraying Sir Ronald Ross describing how he finally proved that Malaria is transmitted via the bite of the mosquito in the live episode on International Malaria Awareness Day. More to follow…



I spent 2 days at the end of last week working (as a performer) on a new adaptation of a play. I attend rehearsals as both as a performer, and as a director. I often attend as both when directing for The New Factory. Common to my experience as both a performer and director, is my ever present sense of … Read More

Lenin in London

GaryDirecting, The New Factory

Lenin in London was first staged by The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor back in 2003 to mark the 100th Anniversary of Lenin’s last visit to London. When the idea of a benefit performance for The Marx Memorial Library was mooted, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a revival of the work. The Marx Memorial Library hidden away … Read More

Mosquito Day – The New Scientist Review

GaryDirecting, Mosquito Day, Reviews, Writing

Reality bites at Malaria Tea Dance Mosquitoes, malaria and the Charleston. These were the topics of conversation buzzing in the air at the Malaria Tea Dance on Friday, held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in celebration of World Mosquito Day – the anniversary of Ronald Ross’s discovery of malarial parasites in the Anopheles mosquito on … Read More

Mosquito Day

GaryDirecting, Mosquito Day, Performing, Writing

As part of their Mosquito Day celebration I was asked by The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to write and direct a short 25 minute piece exploring the discovery of the mosquito transmission of Malaria by Nobel Prize winner Sir Ronald Ross in 1897. In the event I also played the role of Sir Ronald. The whole thing … Read More

Filming Lenin’s Lunch

GaryDirecting, Film, Performing, The New Factory

I love filming, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I love working. Working with people who want to produce something (however difficult the circumstances of production, or the paucity of practical resources) is always a pleasure. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about my feelings on the filming of staged performances, but have always wanted … Read More