Well, after 18 months of planning the time is almost here.  Tomorrow will see the first read through, with cast, for Jerusalem.  It’s one of those plays that you can easily picture being played out in your head whilst reading it.  It’s now my job to bring those pictures to life.  It’s odd because I am genuinely nervous about this one.  I am going to put it down to the fact that firstly, it means a lot to me, and secondly, it comes with a huge reputation and that we have to do it justice.  What will be interesting are the actors’ thoughts and feelings about the play and their characters.  Obviously I have my opinions, but I see direction as a consensual process; perhaps there is something in the story or a character that I haven’t seen and that another has.  August has been chosen to start rehearsals because we can workshop sections and ideas, knowing that there will be people off on holiday, etc.  September will see the constructing and October the polishing.

- Paul Nelson


Arena Theatre presents Jez Butterworth's


Directed by Paul Nelson with permission from Nick Hern Books

On St. George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son, Marky wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

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