Vesalius: a Requiem has been name-checked as one of the Adelaide Advertiser’s top 10 shows of the year. Great news for Various People (aka. Cheryl Pickering&Richard Chew) who have just arrived back in the UK to remind themselves of what they’re missing. There are plans afoot to restage another of Rick’s monumental compositions – the song-cycle solitary (originally staged at Lincoln Gaol under our Resurrectionists moniker back in 1998/9). Meanwhile the Adelaide Advertiser is also predicting growth in the Arts for the coming year despite belt-tightening elsewhere. A sign perhaps that Australia is bucking the trend by encouraging investment in its cultural assets.
A blockboard star and a camel and a fort:
A broken camera-phone and a struggling car.
the usual chaos and crisis management
the budget festivities and the carefully executed control of expectations;
the postcard winter landscapes and scuppered family travel-plans;
the boiler that’s packed up with 2 days to go
someone’s discarded sample bottle asleep on the snow
and an arguing couple in a supermarket car-park - ”Why did ya jump out the fookin’ window, ya spaz?!” she cries
the surprising animal ejaculations through a wall at teatime
the scratching of a kitchen visitor in the dead of night.
The lingering shadows of various 2010 disappointments
and the spectre of more ahead…
and the memories of many fantastic moments
from a mad, troubled, crazy, beautiful, adventurous, carefree and at times will-sapping year of extremes.
There is a tired face in the mirror, telling me I need to finish this chapter. Let go.
… then I stumble across it on ITV3. I’m trying to remember the sequence of events but it’s been years. I’m shocked by the revelation of defendant Tom’s shooting and I’m on the edge of my seat when the children of Atticus Finch are stopped, attacked, then saved in the woods. I know I’m gonna crack… and sure enough when Boo appears behind the door and the little girl says his name…. I crumple, just like every time.
There’s a flood. And the Festive TV has barely started.
Merry Christmas everyone. Merry Christmas xxx
Today we took delivery of three excellent costumes from Kay Wilton – I wonder what the show is called?
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
is a performance meal originally conceived in July 2009 in the small canteen of A.E Harris for an audience of 12 it has now become a theatrical banquet for 130 via installations, intimate and epic in COACKWERKS, Brighton, A.E Harris, Birmingham, Bite Size festival and BE festival in the West Midlands. In 2010 it was voted winner of the Invisible City’s award for ‘Things That Make me Smile’ and in February 2011 the banquet version was performed for just 2 nights as part of Ideas Tap’s Coming Up Festival at Debut, London Bridge.
As with all Kindle’s work to date EAT YOUR HEART OUT has been made collaboratively. We continue to work with long term collaborators Blanch & Shock Food Design, composer – arranger Phill Ward, collaborating artist Nina Smith, Creative Director Ideas Tap, and musicians Laura Mattison and Catherine Pollard.
Previous versions of the project have been made possible with the creative talent of individuals including Tony Appleby, George Appleby, Claire Wearn, Rosalyn Newbery, Steven Davies and Martin Bonger and support from Stan’s Cafe @ A.E Harris and COACHWERKS. Please click here to read more about the different versions of EAT YOUR HEART OUT.
Photo: Steven Davies