New Year finger to the bullies

Teaching students how to use the bird

Recently I took the unusual step of explaining to students the appropriate use of the “Finger”. A New Year’s resolution might be to offer the literal and metaphoric “Finger” to bullies close up and the bullies on the International stage. Our young artists and society’s thinkers shouldn’t be made targets for Smugnatist bozos who attempt to rule our spaces and our planet. One is reminded of an episode of The Simpsons where Crusty the Clown entered politics. His platform mirrored the Scomos, Trumps and many of the other authoritarian populist arse-holes who deny science, rational thinking and evidence in pandering to ignorance and prejudice. So don’t hold back. Use the finger and be seen. Be silent if you wish but proudly display the finger.

Published by shadowhousepits

For more than twenty years, I have worked as a writer, theatre director, actor, dramaturg, producer and teacher. ​My work with Shadow House PITS best demonstrates a particular blending of Artaud’s ideal of a “theatre of cruelty”, Brecht’s “epic theatre” and the absurdist theatre of “Ionesco”. This website offers scripts and writings that illustrate this blending. Each script has had at least one season of public performances; most have had multiple seasons. Prior to Shadow House PITS I spent twenty years as a journeyman working at La Boite Theatre (1970s), being an Artistic Director of a theatre-in-education company (Jigsaw) and running a theatre school, Stagecoach (9 years). At one point I also was co-producer of a commercial theatre and bar (PITS) with David Bates. I regard all this prior time as doing a kind of dues in order to focus myself on what is necessary to write and produce work that has value. One needs to do one’s dues in order to have the temerity to declare one’s offerings for public perusal and judgement. Over recent years, I have produced and directed plays from the Western theatre canon, including: HAMLET, TAMING OF THE SHREW, TWELFTH NIGHT, KING LEAR and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare and THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI and MOTHER COURAGE by Bertolt Brecht and THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller. These were all performed by student actors. My own work is more directly influenced by Antonin Artaud, Brecht, Ionesco and Butoh. Have a look at the sample texts and some of the video links. Consider purchasing one for yourself. I hope you enjoy your time here with Shadow House PITS.

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