COMMUNICADO: Communicado’s director, Gerry Mulgrew, was the first to give Steve the opportunity to write for the theatre – the start of a long association with this trailblazing company. The first show, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival, and later transferred to London and Baltimore, USA. “Jock Tamson’s Bairns” gave birth to the group the Cauld Blast Orchestra (see Music section).
The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Desire / Strangers in Paradise / The House with the Green Shutters / The Legend of St.Julian / Tales of the Arabian Nights; and as performer not composer – Jock Tamson’s Bairns / In the Place of Pigs / Cyrano de Bergerac.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: “…a jazz/oriental score of delectable diversity and elegance…” – Michael Ratcliffe, The Observer
PERTH THEATRE: Death of a Salesman
Background track for restaurant scene in “Death of a Salesman”, in which Steve played the role of Stanley the barman
LEGITIMATE BODIES: The Goldilocks Zone, by the Irish dance company.
Final piece of music in “The Goldilocks Zone”, featuring hotel bell, jaw harp and bamboo buzzer
LINDA MARLOWE: Diatribe of Love
Solo tenor saxophone piece from “Diatribe of Love”
ROYAL LYCEUM: Shinda the Magic Ape / Good Morning Bill; and as performer not composer – An Ideal Husband.
SHINDA THE MAGIC APE: “…there is beautiful, fluid, creative music which lifts the spirit” – George Byatt, The Sunday Times
7:84: Long Story Short.
TRAVERSE: Welfare My Lovely
WILDCAT: (performer not composer) Business in the Backyard / The Beggars’ Opera / Jotters / The Magic Snowball / The Importance of Being Honest / The Celtic Story / Waiting on One / The Complete History of Rock and Roll.
TNT: (performer not composer) The Wizard of Jazz, with a company based at the time in Wales, but now in Munich.
THEATRE CRYPTIC: (performer not composer) Something There
NORTHERN STAGE: (performer not composer) They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
DUNDEE REP DANCE COMPANY (now SDT): (performer not composer) Vinegar and Brown Paper