Excuse the pun.
Tomorrow I'm off to look at double decker buses and to go for a driving assesment to see how long it's likley to take me to learn to drive one. Fingers crossed, no more than a month.
When I was younger, it never occurred to me that wanting to work in the arts would lead me to PCV licenses and complex insurance clauses; to navigating town and district council licenses and permissions; to perculiar requests of shop owners cafe managers. In my mind I have an image or a feeling, what we're working towards, and the admin is just background noise. Because in the foreground there are simply wonderful people in simply beautiful places.
We have four festivals coming up in September. Four Little Festivals of Everything - or #LittleFest for short. Four Festivals; Four Towns; Four Weekends. The maths of the people, places, hours and artists aren't as easily symmetrical. Tons of people, hundreds of hours, dozens of artists, weeks full of ideas and months full of planning and organising. Probably nearly one hundreds venues and hope many hundreds of audience - and none of them paying a penny to come along on our adventure.
This is the beginning of On Our Turf - a two year long project which is to do with exploring, imagining, testing, playing, investigating and interrogating how we make, create, support and produce work around our beautiful region. So we're starting with a bang. Four Festivals, Four Towns, Four Weekends. I'll get back to you with the rest of the maths.
Last year I was very lucky to work as a director on the York Mystery Plays 2012. I have so many wonderful memories and stories from that. My new bank of memories and stories is already growing rapidly. This project is just superb - full of the most wonderful and remarkable people. And, I hope, you'll come and share some of this with us. Have a look at the #LittleFests, and come say hello.