West Yorkshire Playhouse were kind enough to offer me some rehearsal space last month and I spent three days there, working on a NEW SHOW. This is the first new solo piece I’ve put together for a while that is entirely based on my own material. An Icy Man is a storytelling piece about the cold. On a winter’s night, a woman goes out walking in the snow and encounters a stranger in a frozen field. The next morning, she wakes up and finds that everything has changed …
It’s story that draws on Northern folklore and myths and legends about ice and snow. In developing the piece, I’m really interested in ways of telling that bring the teller and the audience closer together and I’ve been working with a set of cardboard models and miniatures of the place where the story is taking place.
The Playhouse have kindly offered me a slot on the 27th of October to showcase an extract of the piece. This will be part of Furnace, the Playhouse’s ongoing new work development programme.
I was also asked to perform a reading of the first 15 minutes of the piece as part of ELFM’s Writing on Air festival. This was in partnership with Emerge, a Leeds-based artist development programme created by The Carriageworks Theatre, Seven Arts, Red Ladder and PLaY. There’s also a short chat afterwards with the lovely Peter Spafford about how the piece might develop, and you can have a listen to the whole thing here: