40 years on

And so my involvement with the recent series ended with a bit of a whimper, fading out. I’m always happy, well I am most happy when I am working, but this has been an odd experience for most of us, simply as our contribution has been a bit limited.Read more >>

The York Realist

The Crucible, Sheffield

This is a truly beautiful, tender play, with obvious comparisons to God’s Own Country, but with a bit of the York Mystery play running quietly underneath. Delicate, moving, and yes very little happened, but what a pleasure to spend time with such lovely people.Read more >>


Only four days work this week, but at the moment every day has to count as there are not many left. It’s going to be a very lean summer I suspect. Shame there’s not a stop motion feature finishing up that I could jump on for a few months.Read more >>

Lord Marcus arrives

The combination of a bug going round and stress of work and life all got together and conspired to lay me low, and lay me low they did. For several days I was unfit for purpose and hallucinating and living in a strange flexible time – thankfully, all over that now, and whilst I am now a stone lighter, I would not recommend that as a method.Read more >>

Full on

Away from work it has been a pretty full on week, with visits to both the dentist and the doctor for the regular check ups. All good there at the moment.

Then on Monday I lead a tour of the Garrick. In pro theatre you may get 45 minutes to just select areas, but here the 17 new members got to have access all areas over well over two hours, and everyone working away on stage and backstage was very helpful. I think I did my bit to sell the theatre which was satisfying.Read more >>


I have this week been in Barcelona, teaching on the Masters in Stop Motion course at BAU. For all I saw of the city I could well have been in a suburb of Manchester – certainly, the weather for the most part, reminded me of home. Grey. But a truly international group of students, and I think we had seven languages, but thanks to a lot of pointing and some English, we got through it all. I would have loved to have given them more resources but by the end of the sessions they were producing some remarkable footage.Read more >>

Happy New Year

We are back at work, filming, which was something to a shock to the system after a lengthy Christmas break, but yes we are filming away, until April at least, and after that I’m not quite sure. I’m hoping some teaching will come along, especially in interesting places like Venice, but above all I need to get a new film going.Read more >>

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