I have always kept a sketchbook of one kind or another. It is essential to keeping track of life, and has served during periods of uncertainty or exploration.

It’s a means of recording things for development, or of just recording things. It’s a way of preserving the scraps you come across. A sketchbook contains passing thoughts and concepts in a tangible form – no longer in your head or made virtual by means of technology.

The very first sketchbook I can remember was a thin landscape one which I was given aged four. I filled every page with ‘parties’, which consisted of copious egg- cup- heads in rows, each with a different face and eventually hair. These ‘parties’ populated many hours for a shy child.

Sketches from observation of rehearsal of Matthew  Bourne’s Swan Lake.