Welcome to Scena Mundi’s blog and to our first post.

Scena Mundi will soon be back on stage after some time in the wings and the feeling for me is one of immense joy and excitement – at last we’re going to sit again in a rehearsal room, we’re going to play with text, to create worlds out of words and offer them up to our audiences - “the stuff that dreams are made on”!...

Together with the new website and the preparation of our winter events, it was decided to start running a blog. I confess the idea wasn’t mine – you see, I am a little suspicious still of the unquenchable online flow (words, words, words...) Yet, I am not an authority on the topic and as one has to admit that one may possibly be slightly wrong at times (!), I decided to defer to better enlightened minds in the field. Let me therefore give back to Caesar what belongs to Pip Brignall and credit him for our new site and the launch of this blog! We have worked together closely over the last few months to refine the image of Scena Mundi and, well, we hope we’ve come up with something good.

2016 has seen a lot of behind the stage work for Scena Mundi. After our Twelfth Night in Soho (the French Protestant Church), we retreated to the wings to create The Scena Mundi Mechanicals, the new “Masters of Concise Classics”. Loosely based on The Midsummer Night’s Dream’s terribly bad but immensely good-willing craftsmen of Athens forced to create a company and put on a short play for the duke of Athens, our Mechanicals troop is made of four actors and one musician presenting short versions of the classics. Though we loosely model our characters on the Athenian Mechanicals and shorten the plays, we remain faithful to the texts and the stories we tell lose nothing of the essence of the originals. Martin Prest and I adapted the script of Twelfth Night to be our first Mechanicals venture and the whole company had great fun creating the show. Martin redonned his yellow stockings, Pip (Brignall) and Jack (Christie) went all cross gender as Viola and Olivia and Edward Fisher donned Andrew’s silly wig. We were joined by Emma Hall, a flautist who accompanies them with brio. After a few private shows, Anna Buckland stepped in and we returned to the Isle of Wight for the Ventnor Fringe festival in August. We are now very proud to bring the Mechanicals to London for a first night in St Giles in the Fields on the 14 th of December 2016. That will be the first in a long series of events in St Giles where we will launch our 2017 season, with new types of events to complement our larger scale productions. We are looking forward to working in this beautiful Wren church at the heart of London. We will be bringing new formats, trying new things, experimenting with text and other art forms and working hard to have you, our supporters, more closely involved.

More could be said but… blogs must go on…