Suddenly the Sun is out, the thaw has come and Richmond is green once again. It's a bit of a relief after tip toeing about trying hard not to fall over for the past three weeks. I went for a long walk in the park which was crammed full of joggers, dog walkers cyclists and motorists leisurely touring the perimeter road. Normally the park feels like an empty rural wilderness today though the mood was social, a celebration of freedom and escape. Snowdrops and spring around the corner.
It's a brilliant place, a huge lung for South West London with amazing views eastwards to the dome of St Paul's and the tower block sprawl of central London, eleven miles away. Stomping about I realise that I've not really explored much of it yet.
The only thing missing were the deer who seemed to have gone into hiding. Maybe they've read the notices warning about the annual cull that takes place over the next couple of weeks. .
Mark is the Academic Director of the Drama Programmes at St Mary's University in Twickenham. He has worked internationally as a theatre director and educator for the past 15 years, focused mostly on youth, community, and conflict resolution work.
As a lecturer Mark taught at Goldsmiths College, Coventry University and was Head of Performing Arts at Canterbury College prior to joining St Mary’s in 2006.
His Professional directing credits include Henry V (One of US?) and Valhalla for RSC Education; The Wind in the Willows, Jack Cade, The Red, Red Robin for Sevenoaks Playhouse; Tender Souls, The Quality of Mercy and Playhouse Creatures for the Ambassadors Theatre group.
Mark is a director of subVERSE Theatre company for whom has directed fringe premieres of Chief, Dinnertime and OxfamC**t at Theatre 503.
Site specific work includes Purka and Shadow on Icelandic volcanoes and Novocento with students from the University of Genoa.