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The joy of index

April 23rd, 2017

worries from Oli Clark on Vimeo.

 

“First time I read the dictionary, I thought it was a poem about everything.” Steven Wright.

I love lists. I don’t love them in the classic interview answer way: “I’m a very organized person, I love making lists”; I love them in the cliched contemporary theatre director way: “I love reading lists”.

Lists are a simple way of breaking away from the tyranny of ‘the story’ because they don’t share the rules of a story. They have beginnings, middles and ends only in so far as there is always the first entry, the last entry and some in the middle. Continue reading “The joy of index” »

Fun Times

April 20th, 2017

Best of BE FESTIVAL UK 2017 from BE Festival on Vimeo.

It’s good to see BE Festival are on the road. They are touring three pieces from the 2016 Festival including one of my favourite shows of that (or any) year Vacuum, which I raved about here. It is around the UK so chase it down.

Closer to our home, we’re looking forward to a rare Birmingham appearance from our Sheffield friends Third Angel. They are bringing their show 600 People to mac.

It’s time to get out and about.

Neuroscience Conference

April 13th, 2017

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Where better to fry your brain than the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience?

The various stall holders here insist that none of their equipment will fry your (or a mouse’s) brain, merely measure or stimulate it’s activity. This is more than some of the speakers can guarantee, but then that’s not their fault, I’ve the right to be here but no right to understand anything that’s being said. Continue reading “Neuroscience Conference” »

Wrapped Up

April 11th, 2017

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Craig and I have just got back from a week in Freiburg as the mini team working on a new spin on our show Of All The People In All The World. This gig followed on from one in the same town last year and for convenience we called it The Great Art Giveaway. The web page is up for it now. If you haven’t explored that section of the website you can see accounts from all the different presentation of the show dating back to its inception in 2003.

Artist Opportunities

April 5th, 2017

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We have an exciting summer term of Creative Learning projects in schools and we are looking to collaborate with new Associate Artists in a couple of them so the call is out for a Carnival / Visual Artist and a Film Maker / Video Artist, if you are or know one of these, please read on. Continue reading “Artist Opportunities” »

Brookfields’ Primary Poets

March 30th, 2017

We’ve just had clearance to share a new web-page with you. It documents our winter adventures with years 3 and 4 at Brookfields Primary School. Together we explored their local area taking photographs, we wrote lots of poems inspired by these photographs, created a newspaper with selection of these poems and performed a selection of this selection for parents in the school hall. It was great fun, the photographs and poems are lovely as you can see if you explore the page and the digital copy of the newspaper embedded above.

What a treat to work with such lovely young people and their great teachers.

The Countryside

March 27th, 2017

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In 1995 we performed Voodoo City at Prema Arts Centre, it was only driving away afterwards that I started to consider what a ridiculous event it was. We were importing a lump of urban angst to a beautiful Gloucestershire village. Desecrating their idyll with a vision of towerblocks, concrete and ring-roads. Beside this we’ve always enjoyed our visits to Prema and Dartington and other rural venues but the uncomfortable memory of that Voodoo City clash has probably fed into our caution about performing in the countryside. Continue reading “The Countryside” »

Love Thy Neighbour

March 23rd, 2017

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Presumably the licence plates led to the hire firm and the hire firm pointed to the address and so, within hours, armed police were swarming into a flat and by the morning national news journalists and their dish topped TV trucks had formed a secondary cordon around uniformed officers. The 128 bus edged its way past. A tendril of national news has reached out to us. Its spotlights are set up on our pavements. Continue reading “Love Thy Neighbour” »

Universities

March 16th, 2017

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Our agent at Birmingham University tipped me off about a free public lecture by Dr. Elaine Fulton for the Cadbury Research Library. Knowing my fondness for and familiarity with The Anatomy of Melancholy the agent thought I may be interested in The Nuremberg Chronicle; indeed I was. I went and I learned some stuff, another piece in the vast jigsaw of everything that will never be completed. Anyway that’s not the point, the point is – what an amazing treat it was to be able to go and listen to a clever person at a university talk about something interesting but obscure for 45 minutes and this reminded me how much I love universities, which is a lot. Continue reading “Universities” »

Coventry City of Culture 2021?

March 8th, 2017

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So the race is officially on for cities wishing to become UK City of Culture in 2021 succeeding Hull this year and Derry-Londonderry back in 2013.

We are familiar with this concept. The title throws spotlight on culture in a particular city for a particular year. Glasgow famously used its status as European City of Culture in 1990 as a catalyst to rebrand and regenerate itself and Liverpool repeated the trick when the title had escalated to European Capital of Culture in 2008. Winning the title UK equivalent doesn’t come with a cash prize but it is claimed Hull has raised a budget of £32m. Handled correctly the title generates a publicity bonanza for the winner, community pride, international tourism and increased chances of the city winning bids to host other cultural events across that year. Continue reading “Coventry City of Culture 2021?” »


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