Present : Tense @ Everyword


Wednesday 23 July 2008Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

The toughest creative challenge in town. Some of Liverpool's most exciting artistic talent has one week to respond to the most important news story of the moment.A group of playwrights, directors, film-makers, poets and musicians convenes to select the most momentous story on the news agenda. They each have seven days to create a piece of work that responds to the story they choose before it is performed for you the public on Wednesday 23 July 2008 - exactly one week after they began.

Stop Press: Just a few minutes ago in the bar of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, the artists decided the most important news story of the moment is... Gordon Brown's tough crackdown on knife crime (Daily Mirror, 15 July 2008) This story is therefore the topic of P:T/Everyword. The artists had seven days to create a response to that story.

The line-up:

Lorna by Michael McLean Directed by James Grieve Starring Andrew Grose and Samantha Robinson

Band: Peter and the Wolf

Bed Three, 7A by Helen Blakeman Directed by Gemma Bodinetz Starring Josh Moran, Lisa Parry and Steven Webb

The Knife: A film by Tim Brunsden and Sam Meech A poem by Nathan Jones Music by Hannah Peel Illustration by Chris Rodenhurst

Reform by Lizzie Nunnery Directed by George Perrin Starring Leanne Best, Aiden Lee Brooks and Peter Washington


Gemma Bodinetz (director) Gemma took up her post as Artistic Director for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in September 2003. Gemma previously worked at The Royal Court Theatre, London, leaving briefly to assist Harold Pinter on The Caretaker before returning to co-direct Hush with Max Stafford-Clark. She then moved on to become freelance director and Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre.

Tim Brunsden (documentary maker) Meech (film maker) Sam lives and works in Liverpool. He recently finished a site-specific film installation about architectural models of the city for the BBC Big Screen in Liverpool. He is also interested in interactive video.

NILAmusic vs. Sketchybeast (musician and illustrator) Music inspired by the sketches inspired by the music NILAmusic (aka Hannah Peel and Nils Wingerei) Laced melancholic childhood fairytales entwined with NILA's mini orchestra of live looping, violin, mini pianos and music boxes, trumpets, trombones and live sampling. Under different guises, previous performances and work has included music for adverts (Granada ITV), short films and working with artists such as Suzanne Vega, David Ford, The Zutons, Duke Special and Rodrigo y Gabriela. NILAmusic alongside Kinetic Fallacy, will be hosting Liverpool's first large-scale projection AV festival in Sept 2008 as part of the Capital of Cultures commissions. /

Sketchybeast (aka Chris Rodenhurst) Chris is an artist and illustrator working across a wide range of mediums, including live drawing, animation and screen based interactive. His subject matter is equally diverse, encompassing figurative work, urban landscapes and traditional children's illustration. He has produced work for the BBC, Kelloggs, Coca Cola Enterprises and Diesel as well as interactive illustrations for the Liverpool Biennial. Chris is currently experimenting with new ways of presenting illustration as live performance. He aims to create pieces that suggest a wider narrative, encouraging the viewer to imagine the rest of the story.

Lizzie Nunnery (playwright) Lizzie's play Intemperance, was produced at the Liverpool Everyman in October 2007 and published by Faber. She was one of four writers on Unprotected (Liverpool Everyman, Traverse Edinburgh, BBC Radio 4; 2006) which won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Her short plays include Wicked Women (Liverpool Everyman, June 2007; Arcola, December 2007) and Death in Upper Duke Street (BBC Radio 3, November 2007). Her full-length radio play Tiny Chaos was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008 and she is currently working on a new Radio 4 commission; a play with songs entitled The Singer. She is Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Liverpool Everyman for 2008. She is also a singer songwriter performing regularly around the UK, and her acclaimed second EP Hungry was released in March of this year. The title track of the EP is included in the compilation, Liverpool Music Today, released by Ultimate Fake Records on June 30th 2008.

Michael McLean (playwright) Michael won the BBC New Comedy award for sketch writing in 2003 and soon after joined the Liverpool Everyman Young Writers Programme. During his time there as one of three Henry Cotton writers on attachment, he developed his play The Electric Hills with readings at both the Everyman and Soho theatres. The play received a full production at the Everyman in March 2007. He is currently one of seven writers on the Paines Plough/Channel 4 Future Perfect scheme, with recent work being performed at Trafalgar Studios, the Globe and Oval House.

George Perrin (director) George is co-founder and joint artistic director of nabokov. He trained as Trainee Associate Director of Paines Plough and Watford Palace Theatre and on the National Theatre Studio directors' course. He was the first recipient of the Genesis Director's Award from the Young Vic and is a member of Old Vic New Voices. Credits as director include: House of Agnes by Levi David Addai (Oval House, Paines Plough), The Dirt Under The Carpet by Rona Munro (Oran Mor Glasgow & Shunt Vaults London, Paines Plough), Crazy Love by Che Walker (Oran Mor Glasgow & Shunt Vaults London, Paines Plough), Terre Haute by Edmund White (West End / National Tour / Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, nabokov), My Little Heart Dropped In Coffee by Duncan Macmillan and Babies by Katie Douglas (Paines Plough/Young Vic Wild Lunch) and Camarilla by Van Badham (Old Red Lion London/Edinburgh Festival Fringe, nabokov).

James Grieve (director) James is artistic director of nabokov and associate director of the Bush Theatre. For nabokov he has directed Artefacts by Mike Bartlett at The Bush, on tour and Off-Broadway; Kitchen; Bedtime For Bastards; Nikolina and the World Premiere of Old Street by Patrick Marber. James trained as assistant and associate director to Josie Rourke, as staff director to Howard Davies on Philistines and Present Laughter at The National Theatre, and on the National Theatre Studio Director's Course.

Helen Blakeman (playwright) Helen’s first play Caravan premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1997 and was awarded the Pearson Award the same year and The George Devine Award in 1998. Her second play, Normal, also premiered at the Bush and won the Pearson Award for Best Play in 2000. Her third play, The Morris, won the Eleanor Rathbone Writer’s Award in 2004 and premiered at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, in 2005. Her television credits include Innocence; Tagged; Confetti; Eyes Down; Lessons In Real; Disco Royale; Sequins and Picking Up The Pieces. Helen was nominated for Bafta Best New Writer for Pleasureland in 2003. She is currently under commission to the Royal Court.

Peter and the Wolf (Music)

Nathan Jones (poetry) Nathan Jones is a curator, promoter, creative director and resident poet for Liverpool-based irrational arts collective Mercy. In the last 12 months, his work has featured on Radio 4, Radio Merseyside and Radio Lancs, and in The Guardian, The Times and Dazed Magazine. His continually inventive poetry career has involved extensive collaboration with musicians, visual artists and the wider public, including a project with local art-pop act Wave Machines, recently commissioned by Tate Liverpool and The Bluecoat, a libretto celebrating Liverpool's special relationship with Riga in Latvia, and a highly acclaimed residency with prisoners in HMP Wymott. His latest performances have raised the bar for contemporary poetry in Liverpool, drawing influences from legendary obscurists T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas, yet retaining a powerful immediacy and charming silliness more reminicent of the chap in the lift who asks you to swap clothes. /

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse // 13 Hope Street // Liverpool // L1 9BH Wednesday 23 July 2008 // 8:00pm