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The Spider Glass

written and performed by Craig Malpass

directed by Joshua Cooper

★★★★ 

Listed with The Best Shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018:

"The crises of toxic masculinity and male mental health affect everyone, and it’s a good time for men to be examining their own stories of masculinity and patriarchy." The Skinny

Our first show under The Big I Am was The Spider Glass - 'nice guy', James thought he knew what it meant to be a man, yet as he sorts through his childhood possessions he witnesses a growing dark shame lurking in him as he questions his journey to manhood. 

​In a funny, raw and compelling performance, The Spider Glass explores thoughts and feelings we would rather not acknowledge in adulthood; how messages from school changing rooms, mum-saving spider-catching family rituals or seemingly innocent sexual explorations have blurred our idea of what healthy masculinity looks like in our world. ​

Thank you to all Kickstarters!

"In early 2018 I created a video explaining why I felt it was important to look at our collective and individual stories of masculinity. The response was overwhelming and we raised £3,500 from our Kickstarter campaign - without this we would not have been able to take the show up to the festival and expand the conversation of the need for men to look at their own story of what it means to be a man. The generosity, support and enthusiasm from all genders enabled us to expand the conversation around toxic masculinity. If you'd like other resources around men's issues then click here.

Cheers! From Dan (Tech Op), Josh (Director) and Craig (Writer and Performer) - August 2018, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Thank you to all who gave to the project, namely Anna Barry, Ian Halverson, Paul Collins, Caroline Low, Sam Grayston, Jonny Wilkinson, Jolyon Renold, Dominic Fanning, Tony O'Callaghan, Adrian Tejada, Sam Skelton, Anna & Charlie Crisp, Rick Proctor, Mark Britton, Rachel Paterson, Teri Mohiuddin, Tim Whitten, Red Rodrigues, Rich Miller, Matt Groom, Delphine Jegoudez, Elaine Mendoza, Lucy Heard, Victoria Satterly, Helen Yates, Sheila Hayman, Ben Lake, Julia Wallond, Mike Peters, Guillaume Lebris, Michaela Mueller, Peter Baker, Mark Lee, Barrie Jeffrey, Dominic Richardson, Alan Medcroft, Marie-Claire Barsley, Tom Maxted, Jon Millin, Rosie Closs, Andrew Dennis, Rebecca Miller, Elizabeth McCloskey, Neil Bonnett, Hannah Bemand, Tim James, Katherine Irving, Deirdre Hannon, Terry Marsh, Anthea, Claire Moulds, David Martin, Jacqs Graham, Piers Smith, Lucy Chan, Louise Jordan, Charlotte Mabey, Roelof Langman, Tamsin Kennard - there were many other anonymous donors. Please get in touch if you were on of them and would like to be added to this list.

All projects below written by me, produced by (wonderful) companies separate to The Big I Am

Landslide​ (2015)

The polls have closed, votes are being counted. The Party are set to retain power...a landslide they say.

 

Alex and Sam did their bit to help The Party get there though questions are asked of their methods along the path to victory as their true allegiances are revealed.

Questioning the ethics of party politics ahead of the General Election, Landslide won Best Original Play at the Bristol One Act Drama Festival, 2015.

Directed by Craig Malpass for Ambigo Productions

Disposable (2013)

Martin needs projects - the perfect distraction from tackling his seemingly meaningless existence. 

When he finds a disposable camera he found in a taxi, another perfect distraction presents itself. Martin attempts to do a good deed by developing the photos and using the prints to try and reunite them with their owner. Upon collecting the prints, Martin is arrested and taken into custody.

 

Disposable is a drama reflecting how society can react en masse to even the best of intentions.

Directed by Rachel Fleming for Educated Guess Productions

The Chicken Shed Reunited (2011)

Three friends - Miles, Simon and Danny - were close at school. Galvanised by their hatred for playground thug 'Deano' they used to cower in Miles' dad's shed after school.

Some years later, Simon has organised a reunion. A heartfelt attempt to reunite three childhood friends or does Simon have ulterior motives? Childhood memories resurface and sparks fly as the reunion threatens to turn ugly.

The stage play was picked up by Billy Quain who went onto produce the radio version, broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol and BCFM. 

Directed by Richard Jones for Kelvin Players Theatre Company

Life Drawing

A 90 second film, slightly magical in theme, about a man finding his way back to where he belongs.

The film won the 90 second Film Competition in the 2012 Saffron Screen Festival.

Written by Craig Malpass and co-directed with Joanna Beard

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