Bomb Scares and Shootings (Highlights of the Week)

IMG_3567The week sparks off  in rehearsals for Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy which I’ve adapted for stage  at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, and it feels good. Over the next 3 days I watch  actors doIMG_3602 what they do best. It is a privilege to be here but I want to disappear. I’m afraid of getting in the way of the process  –  I want to be invisible.  Welcome to my world.  On Wednesday I record a one hour  interview on BBC Leeds. It’s called One on IMG_3604One.   Very enjoyable. Thursday I’m in Preston to launch Preston Panorama Project for which I have written a poem “Who Were You On The Day I Shot You?”.  It’s on a wall of the Lancashire Museum with the panoramic photogIMG_3641raphs. The panorama’s are taken by  Jan Chlebik and project managed  by Dovetail.  I step into the gallery and we immediately start filming for BBC North West Tonight. IMG_3624 Come the evening and the museum is packed with the  people of Preston.  I stay in  Manchester that night.  I wake 8am on Friday Morning. I am stood at Piccadilly gardens waiting for a tram and there’s a bomb scare.  I watch through the window as  police evacuate citizens and the tram groans away. It was the last tram to leave.  I get to Media City on time (to the minute) and record an interview with Sam Walker on BBC radio but the  Bomb Scare story unfolds  and cuts the interview shBCk9vluCQAA9xR9-ort.   I get  back to the fair city – everything has been cleaned up – where I meet two very good friends –   film maker (Paul Sapin) and actor (Yusra Warsama) and then home.  But most inspiring is a man who contacted me.

(Photos:   1. Refugee Boy poster  2. Director Gail McIntyre 3. BBC Leeds Martin Kelner 4. Lancashire Museum Preston launch 4.  Who Were You On The Day I Shot You?  5. BBC Manchester Sam Walker.

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