Female Parts (Waking Up)

Illustration from the programme for Afterthought Theatre Productions ‘Female Parts’ which I directed in a television production studio temporarily adapted for live theatre. The production …

Female Parts (Woman Alone)

llustration from the programme for Afterthought Theatre Productions ‘Female Parts’ which I directed in a television production studio temporarily adapted for live theatre.

The production, for Brighton Festival, ran for the length of the festival, unusual for an umbrella event, and sold out many of its performances.

The image is a likeness of the actress Janice Jones, in character, and is one of four drawings made for the show’s programme.

Female Parts is a collection of one-woman plays by Italian playwright Dario Fo and his wife, actress Franca Rame.

I Wish I Was A Spaceman (for Gerry Anderson)

I Wish I Was A Spaceman

I Wish I Was A Spaceman (for Gerry Anderson) December 2012

Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds and UFO were Gerry Anderson’s most significant and important work as a producer.

His contribution to television and film remains one of the least appreciated and underrated by the industry in his own country. He gave creative technicians their first real chance to experiment on a continuous basis and show what could be achieved.

Modern films are still, knowingly or otherwise, influenced by what he pioneered. He may have been the first producer to tell his writers, designers and technicians to ‘show it all!’

For many parents and children he is still ‘Mister 21st Century’.

Mister Night Sky (for Sir Patrick Moore)

Mister Night Sky (For Sir Patrick Moore)
Mister Night Sky (For Sir Patrick Moore)

Mister Night Sky (for Sir Patrick Moore) December 2012.

This began as a simple ‘Man in the Moon’ picture, then I added a satellite. I then thought that it would be nice if I included some Patrick Moore icons, so the realistic satellite was gradually replaced with one made from cricket stumps, a xylophone and a monocle.

Patrick Moore encouraged me with an astronomy examination, when (for some unknown reason) most of my teachers opposed me taking it.

He entertained me and my family at his home and paid my first subscription for the British Astronomical Association.

He gave me his own copy of ‘The Amateur Astronomer’ from his book shelf, and signed it to me. Nice man. A gentleman.

I will miss him every time I look into space.