Older projects

I'm a project person. Never happier than when I'm working on a creative project that might entertain people. Here are a few recent projects.

2011
In spring 2011, the Cornwall Design Season challenged creative teams to transform 15 shipping containers into themed exhibition spaces to celebrate everything that’s great about Cornwall.

Writer Rob Self-Pierson and designer Sam Gray were paired with amphitheatres – open-air performance places, which you can find across the county. Think The Minack near Penzance and Plain-an-Gwarry in St Just.

Rob and Sam met in one of Cornwall’s creative hotspots, Morrisons supermarket cafĂ© in Bodmin, and came up with a thousand ways to celebrate amphitheatres. One idea stuck.

Between January and March 2011, the team – now with Jay Roerade and Mike Cobb on board, and backed by 26 and Miracle Theatre – turned The Playing Place (from the Cornish ‘Plain-an-Gwarry’) into a place for visitors to interact with theatre and stories.

Thousands of people visited and got involved inside The Playing Place.



2009-



Throughout the International Year of Astronomy, I travelled across Britain by the light of the full moon. I walked during each full moon of 2009 with paranormal investigators, long-distance walking moonrakers, along the Meridian line, through Scotland in a bra, alone around the Lost Gardens of Heligan. And I did some crazier things too.

UPDATE: I'm finally getting around to writing Moonwalking. Drop me an email if you'd like to read what I've written so far. 


2010-



An idea I had in January to turn art into words became 26 Treasures after meetings with John Simmons. Now, working with 26, the London Design Festival and the V&A in London, we're preparing for a national exhibition at the Museum for the Festival from 18th - 26th September. Tickets are free so please come along.


2010

Rhyming Simon's Time Machine
An original stageplay

What do you say when someone asks you to write a school play in a week? You say 'Yes' of course. In May, I volunteered to help a head of Year 6 write a script for this year's school leavers at Hazelbury Junior School. They gave a tight brief. Time travel, history, inventions - papyrus/paper, printing press, telephone, television, internet - lots of children involved. Lots of fun. On 21 July, the children performed to their parents. I went to watch. They were brilliant. They had fun with my script and I couldn't ask for more than that.

RHYMING SIMON:

Children, you’re welcome
I’m glad you enjoyed
Your travel adventure
To meet girls and boys
Who lived years ago
And found new inventions
That changed the world
Just like you’ve mentioned
Now we must move on
And share one more thing
The greatest invention
That we can now bring
To the 21st century
But it doesn’t stop there
To travel through history
And see everywhere