The Fever

Gary MerryDirecting, saltpeter, The Fever

A very successful staged reading of The Fever last night at the People Show under the banner of Saltpeter Productions. I think people were surprised by the staging which was essentially the final course of a meal at a upper middle class dinner party, with a beautiful design by Nik Corrall. The ensemble of ten, were split into ‘servants’ (including … Read More

The Fever by Wallace Shawn

Gary MerryDirecting, saltpeter, The Fever

I will be directing a rehearsed reading at the People Show on December 30th, of The Fever by Wallace Shawn. My thoughts… Leaving to one side the fact that Wallace Shawn is a fine actor (I would direct you to the film Vanya on 42nd Street if you are in any doubt), it is his writing for the theatre that … Read More

1905 – Morning Star Review

Gary MerryDirecting, Reviews, The New Factory

Make space for political theatre Zoe Corbyn reports on The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor and its extraordinary large-scale free theatre events. “Maggots in the soup!” The puppeteers’ chants grow louder and louder as a camera made of cardboard zooms in on angry toy sailors throwing their tyrant captain overboard. A director screeches instructions in Russian through a giant megaphone. … Read More

New Babylon 1871

Gary MerryDirecting, The New Factory

Press release The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor Presents NEW BABYLON 1871 at the Round Chapel, Hackney (junction of Glenarm Road and Lower Clapton Road). 15th, 16th and 17th March at 8pm. Tickets free. For further details call 020 7482 2145 “Working men’s Paris, with its commune, will be forever celebrated as the harbinger of a new society. Its martyrs are enshrined in the … Read More