So I have been incredibly quiet on the solo performer front since way back before the sun had really shone and when the optimism of early summer was still upon, now as the nights draw in and the sun shines once again, alas I am indoors.
But that’s a fair sacrifice to make for Boscombe Fringe Festival which is taking place 13th &14th of September.
There’s some wonderful work and I’ve my director’s head on three shows, my events management head on the whole affair and my marketing head hoping it will all look beautiful and that the word will spread far and wide… and we’ll get some funding to make it bigger and better next year!
Having originally hoped to simply programme a small in house affair in Vita Nova’s new venue in Boscombe I was quickly approached by other companies and artists wanting to programme work… so with virtually no budget and a bit of whim, blind faith and a stubborn attitude we have a really exciting line up (here) including, photography, film, spoken word, theatre, live art & workshops!
Testament to the power of thought – the secret is out of the bag and best of all the whole lot is free to attend, however if you thought we did a good job … well we’d like you to pay what you think it was worth on your way out!
I do hope this sunshine lasts all September.
… still fairly top secret, yet very exciting new project on the horizon.
I can say this though….exactly how much power might a rumour have?
So many other exciting things in life in Bournemouth too.
Just spent an Arvon week, with the most exciting emerging talent, raw, fresh, vital and simply screaming to be heard, and the best bit is I get to keep working with them all – its my job. Although consequently, as all beautiful new projects have a tendency to do, ‘The Distance Travelled’ and dear old Joyce are slipping further out of reach.
Decidedly time for some to do lists and action plans!
Directed by Gemma Alldred
December 2009: York St. John University
We presented an evening of text based work, using three short scenes from three playwrites.
The company split into three groups, and with the assistance of the collaborating theatre students, worked on the performing and staging of:
What, Where by Samuel Beckett
Plenty by David Hare
Baal by Bertolt Brecht
Live Art Therapy | An Exploration of Fear | An Exploration of Exclusion
Live Art Therapy is a durational, interactive installation which asks if we can find an answer to the question, ‘what is live art?’.
Participants are invited to view materials, contribute to discussion and to create for camera their own stills and write description for work they might make and call ‘live art’.
Live Art Therapy becomes a show all of its own in which it becomes less clear who is artist; an effort to make Live Art the sort of work anyone can feel part of.
‘The Meloncholy of Van Gogh in the Shadow of Gauguin’s Nosferatu’
Performance created and documented by audience participants
A performance work looking at the little known episode of how Van Gogh lost his ear whilst working under the vampiric Gauguin.
A meditation on the fall out between two well known impressionist painters.