October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Fahrenheit 451

David Glass Ensemble (DGE) has begun it’s first co-production with East 15 Acting School on a contemporary theatre piece inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Featuring music by David’s cousin, Philip Glass, and rock music from the 1950s, the performance explores book burning and the death of culture. Associate Artist, Benji Reid will be doing a photo essay on the process and performance. The production is an Ensemble Incubation Project and we are looking to tour internationally in 2018.

Performer Emma Crowly-Bennett has said in her blog; “after the first week of rehearsals for Fahrenheit 451 my head feels like a a pan of bubbling soup, ready to boil over and fuck the lino flooring… I feel inspired, powerful and angry.” For the full blog visit the DGE Facebook page here.

Performances: 17th – 19th November 2016
Booking information


David will be presenting the Ensemble’s work past and future on 26th of October (7.30pm) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, including The Lost Child Project and Bleak House.

DGE in Asia

Hester Welch has begun a six month contract in Chengdu with our partner in China, Marphy’s Playhouse. During her first month as Head Actor/Teacher she has been coaching the teachers to develop their understanding of creativity, drama and non-formal education. She has been using David’s Creative Practice, schemework created by Professor Joe Winston (University of Warick), as well as her own practice to teach children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. This month she begins directing a new performance installation for families, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Abramović’s Rhythm 0 and Duchamp’s Etant Donne, in preparation for the opening of a new theatre at the Play House. For the full blog visit the DGE Facebook page here.

In November, Associate Artist Jonny Hoskins will be joining Hester in Chengdu to lead a week of Lecoq based training. This intensive course will focus on mask work and clown to provide an introduction to the teaching of the great theatre master, Jacques Lecoq. If you would like to attend, please email hesterwelch@davidglassensemble.org for more information.

More exciting events in China include a key note speech by David in Shanghai. The speech is part of the Alternity Festival at the China Art Museum on the 11th of December 2016.

New Team Member

Elisabeth Gunawan will be joining us as a Producer based in Singapore. In addition to her artistic work, Elizabeth serves as a Performance Lead at Google, working with small and medium businesses to be at the forefront of technology. We are lucky to have her on the team!

Bleak House

In December, International Producer Natalie Richardson and David Glass will be visiting 7 cities in Singapore and China to finalise the tour of Bleak House for Autumn 2017.  Back in Europe, Jade MCSharry has been working on the promotional video for Bleak House in Turin, Italy with Enzo Appetecchia and learning more about producing with Natalie Richardson.

News from Chengdu

News from Chengdu

A month has passed since my arrival in Chengdu and I find myself writing this from a peaceful tea house in the Buddhist Monastery, Wenshu Temple. It is my day off and I am exploring the most well preserved traditional buildings in the city. The tea houses are famous in Chengdu, along with spicy food and of course pandas. I just have the latter to experience now!

The staff at Marphy’s Playhouse are like a family and I feel honoured to be a part of it. Our leader, Marphy, is an incredible woman. Not only is she the head of a pioneering company in the capital of Sichuan, but also an inspiring teacher, mother and now friend.
I live with two lovely teaching assistants who are incredibly helpful and patient with me and my lack of mandarin!

During the week I have been accompanying the teachers to a small primary school (only 1000 students!) to observe their classes and lead coaching sessions with them. Approaching education through drama is, generally speaking, an unknown practice here so it is very exciting to be a part of a new movement in China. It has been met with some scepticism by the more traditional teachers at the school, but so far the children have really taken to their new class where we have been exploring the ancient story of Sun Wukong.

Across the rest of the week I lead different sessions in creativity with children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. I am using David’s Creative Practice, my own methodologies as well as Marphy’s own scheme work developed by Professor Joe Winston (University of Warwick) to explore this. Next week I will use music from experimental electronic artists Quantic and Bonobo to help the children create their own improvisation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

From October I am creating a performance installation with two Chinese performers based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This will be a playful, interactive art work, inspired by Abramović’s Rhythm 0 and Duchamp’s Etant Donne, where the children have the opportunity to control the performance. The installation will help promote the new Play House Theatre opening at the end of the year and also act as a learning opportunity for the teachers who have predominantly seen only traditional theatrical performances.

In November I will be joined by Associate Artist, Jonny Hoskins, for a week of clowning and mask work. All of us here at Marphy’s Playhouse are looking forward to seriously flexing our silly muscles!

Over and out.