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Take Five with Clare-Louise English



Clare-Louise English is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder ofHot Coals Theatre.  Founded in 2012, the company is a collective composed of three core members and their vision encompasses the methods of Grotowski’s via negativa, Brecht’s Epic Theatre, Chekhov’s psychological gestures, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, and Copeau’s mask work.  Through research and devising they make theatre from scratch, from a seed of an idea, and their manifesto is to create compelling projects, through devising and collaboration, always using the body and its impulses and awareness as the starting point and inspiration, through the commanding mastery of skills and inner control as well as humour, curiosity and pleasure.

Planning Frees You!

Sticky notes showing planning process


"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."  
Alan Lakein


I was working with a client recently with a great idea but which wasn't moving forward because of one major issue - lack of planning.  A fear that planning a creative project would take away all the joyous 'fireworks' ideas and invention of the artistic process was shackling them.

As an addictive planner myself, I was reminded of a conversation I had sometime ago.

Let Envy Help, Not Hinder

Artist studios on blog for Catching Fireworks


When working with clients, an issue which often comes up is that of the things which block them from moving forward.  These can be a perceived lack of skills, confidence, ability, experience (fill in your own perceived block here.)

One thing which occasionally pops up its' head is envy.  This is an insidious emotion which is often subconsciously stoked by the world around us.  If you see a friend, colleague or celebrity with something you would like, it could be easy to brood on it and get eaten up with the, "why should they have that when I can't", sort of conversations.

We've Got To Be Kind

Hands being held on blog for kindness


Although I have written about it before, the concept ofkindnesshas been popping up around me in the past few days.  I was introduced to a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's book,God Bless You, Mr Rosewater.  "There's only one rule that I know of, babies, God damn it, you've got to be kind."  And there is a quote (attributed to various people) going around social media, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Being kind is one of those concepts which could sound anodyne, a bit like "nice".

This Too Shall Pass

Girl in hat looking thoughtful for Catching Fireworks blog This too shall pass

Last week, I saw several people on social media talking about the fact that we had just had the longest day of the year.  Aside from those who moaned that the days will now be getting shorter, the main source of bewilderment was that it seemed only five minutes since it was Christmas.  It is the same sort of disbelief which you can experience when you hit a big birthday (one of those with a zero at the end), and you wonder where the last decade went.

When you are anticipating an event, like a holiday for example, it never seems to come and then suddenly, not only it is over but happen two weeks ago.