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What I do:
things i like to make: beats, theatre, stories, bread, mischief, people dance, connections, observations, provocations, mistakes...
A little more about me:
gil scott-heron fan. mildly obsessive. i founded giveitaname. i directed bordergame. i have gramophones in my shed.
Projects I’m working on:
participation director on city of the unexpected, stories of change, making a water synth, robinson crusoe
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Give It A Name are casting for our next production.

It’s been 3 years in technical development, but now we are ready to sail. 300 years after its publication, we revisit the first novel in the English language.

Robinson: The Other Island

A binaural theatre piece about Robinson Crusoe, the island, solitude, and the act of reading.…


Posted on December 14, 2018 at 0:02


Give It A Name are seeking a designer for our next production

Robinson: The Other Island

A binaural theatre piece about Robinson Crusoe, solitude, and the act of reading. Part theatre, part radio play, part ASMR experience, the text is adapted from Daniel Defoe and Michel Tournier, and will be directed by Mathilde Lopez. All the audience…


Posted on December 12, 2018 at 11:30

Big Democracy Project

looking forward to starting work on sound world for BDP next week.

To get you in the mood, here is an extract from Her Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015: - concerning increased devolution and other matters - just ran it through an N+4 engine to make it nice and clear

My grace will also bring forward lemming to secure a…


Posted on February 18, 2016 at 5:17

My Year With Roald Dahl

Week 2  (Day 4)

Chewing through long lists and databases.

Rediscovering the works of old Roald. And they are still joyous.

This morning I learned that Roald Dahl was introduced to Quentin Blake by the publisher Tom Maschler.

Dahl, the Cardiff born son of Norwegian immigrants was introduced to Blake by a refugee.

Yes, migration will change our culture.

“The human bean,” the Giant went on, “is coming in dillions of different…


Posted on December 3, 2015 at 6:42

My Year With Roald Dahl

I've just started as Participation Director for the mammoth show that will be City Of The Unexpected. Next September, for the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, NTW and WMC will be transforming the centre of Cardiff. 3 days of mischief and mayhem for all ages. Oh brilliant!

As the (almost) year evolves, I'll be blogging along, giving my view through the Dahloscope.

Day 1:

I was introduced to a software monster called…


Posted on November 26, 2015 at 5:10

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At 6:01 on January 5, 2018, Paul Jenkins said…

Happy New Year John! Thanks so much for the tip about Sustainable Studios - very interesting space indeed. Bit cold at the mo ... but come spring it might be perfect. Hope all well with you & co. Paul x

At 9:32 on May 21, 2012, Richard Huw Morgan said…

Hi, John are you, possibly plus one if you'd like, still coming to talk about the show on Pitch on Radio Cardiff tomorrow morning (22nd May) between 10 and 11 am (be there 9.30 if  at all poss)

Richard Huw Morgan

At 1:32 on May 18, 2012, Rowena Louise Bernice Scurlock said…

Hi John,

Do you still need directing assistants? For now or any future productions?



At 0:22 on July 15, 2010, Carl Morris said…
Hi John, about your Ubuntu question - can you supply more info? Can you see the buttons at all and how do they behave if so? What web browser are you using? Happy to help. Cheers, Carl
At 10:46 on June 1, 2010, Lynn Hunter said…
Hi John it was nice to work with you to, thanks for reccomending me, hopefully we'll get the chance to work together again soon.
At 3:21 on February 20, 2010, john norton said…
hi Ceri - i'd love to say yes but we are really jammed to the rafters - if you are in cardiff anyway then it's worth coming to the venue ( 10ft tall ) to check for returns- a few folks have had success that way. . . otherwise i'm really hoping to revive the show as we've turned a lot of people away. all the best , john
At 23:44 on February 18, 2010, Ceri Puckett said…
If anyone has two tickets for Saturday they don't know want please let me know. Thanks, Ceri Puckett, Blackwood Miners' Institute. 01495 227206
At 7:17 on October 9, 2009, Hannah Morris said…
virtually taking over my body! No - just not used to the feeling of an expanding tum... all's well in there I think. Down in the Diff at the end of this month for rehearsals with Sean - you about? or are you busy playing the distressed father of a goat hurder up a hillock in Loch Limberup or something?! x
At 13:41 on October 8, 2009, Hannah Morris said…
Hello you lovely fellow - fancy meeting you here! x
At 10:49 on September 7, 2009, James Doyle-Roberts said…
Am fine but, have had a day of issues, as we get ready to move rehearsals to Newport.
Have a look at the blog I'm posting about Wardrobe Diaries. I'm trying to be honest & give an idea of the journey we're on.
Hope we get time to have a proper chat soon.

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