So as we start to see through to the other side we have, like many others, taken this moment to rethink our work and how we want to move forward into the future.
Over the past three years, thanks to our time in India, we have become increasingly interested in work that can be categorised as fitting into the Health Humanities agenda, and that is something that we are looking to develop. As well as finally returning to Kerala to work on the MeHeLP project we are in discussion with an organisation to develop what will be a very challenging project around issues connected to end of life care.
Over the course of the last few months we’ve had conversations with fellow travellers from various countries, including this long established theatre company in Appalachia, and are trying to conjure up a wee project with them. Closer to home we’re seeing if we can work again with Arts for Rutland with whom we recently produced The Rutlanders Return as well as discussing ideas for work in the north of Nottinghamshire with organisations in the county. We’re also in conversation with two wonderful community theatre companies as we think about ways in which we can advocate and investigate the kind of work that we do; and are pondering whether political street theatre is where it might be at over the next year or so.
Perhaps our most fundamental change is going to be to shake up our team. We want to ensure that we come up with big, bold and crazy ideas that are genuinely exciting and are looking to put together what we think of as a ‘band’, a group of people who will meet up – probably in the pub – to dream up ideas that we then try and make happen. We’ve already recruited the keyboard player (extending the metaphor), and once we’ve got the whole crew together we’ll let you know.
Let’s hope the sun shines in September. It’s the least it could do.