Robert Shearman-TV, radio, stage and short story writer


What’s extraordinary about Vanessa Brooks’ silent approach is that it seems imbued with a great tenderness. Direction feels like suggestion – it’s firm, but it’s patient, and by putting the ‘play’ back into rehearsal it encourages the actor to feel that the process is one of sharing. There’s a generosity here – both with the actors and director freely giving to each other, and also with the actors freely giving to the audience.  I saw actors learn to take full possession of the roles they were playing with a greater sense of pride, even joy. Its a reminder of what theatre is all about – not putting up barriers of understanding, but instead offering an invitation to see the world from a new perspective.