I’ve been in post here at The Play House since April so an introduction and hello from me is very overdue. I’m really enjoying working here with the team (apart from Malcolm’s terrible jokes) as I’ve known and admired the company’s work for many years. All the teacher actors are busy in schools delivering the usual diverse programme and we’re already making plans for our programme in 2013/14.
This term’s programme sees the first new production that we have created in our new partnership with the Birmingham REP. By the River Bank was inspired by the stories and characters in the Wind in the Willows, with Gwenda Hughes directing both productions. The new piece has been very well received and it looks set to become part of our repertoire.
We’re all really excited about the partnership which is a fantastic opportunity for the company. We’ll be relocating to the REP when the building work connecting to the new library is finished in spring. We’ve already begun to prepare for the move – after 25 years here at Percy Shurmer we’ve collected a lot of stuff. In July, we packed up years of scripts, notes, photos and other materials to be deposited in the archive at Birmingham Central Library. We are aiming for the collection to be properly catalogued so that the material will be accessible to organisations, students etc interested in our characteristic approach.