Sunday, 27 September 2020
Friday, 25 September 2020
Just had the most lovely week on Twitter.
It all began a week last Wednesday, when the wonderful Hookland tweeted a piece of artwork which was mistakenly attributed to me...
This led to a lovely back and forth between myself and the actual artist, Maria Strutz, in which she offered to send me an original piece of her art and I reciprocated with a copy of The Children of Lir.
I also received a really lovely handwritten note.
To which Hookland rounded up with:
It was just really lovely all round. Even got a little retweet from the Master of Chaos himself, Phil Hine.
On top of that, I also received a very nice DM through social media from another citizen of Hookland who very much enjoyed Creeper's Cottage, which is the novel I wrote about the county. All in all, Hookland has been a bloomin' joy to be a part of. It's a playground for esoteric artists and I've met some lovely people through it.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
The Royal Ballet perform Dances at a Gathering, Jerome Robbins's fluid exercise in pure dance, to music by Chopin, broadcast online via Vimeo as part of the Royal Opera House's #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Watch for 30 days from 7pm BST Friday 25 September.
Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins is a fluid exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to piano music by Fryderyk Chopin. It was created for New York City Ballet in 1969, when it was an immediate success. The following year, it was performed by The Royal Ballet in London to similar acclaim and returns this Season to the repertory after more than ten years.
Robbins initially intended to choreograph just a single pas de deux for a gala, but in rehearsal it grew into this major modern classic. The subtle interplay in performance between dancers and dances is extraordinarily atmospheric and suggestive of relationships and personalities, although Robbins was insistent that any story is simply that of a community of dancers dancing. The first Royal Ballet cast included such leading lights as Monica Mason, Lynn Seymour, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Rudolf Nureyev and David Wall, and this revival presents a wonderful opportunity for audiences today to see the current generation of Royal Ballet dancers take on such a milestone work.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Very excited and a little bit proud to announce the birth of my brand new bouncing book! ‘Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories’ published by Routledge. (for sale on the Routledge website). I think the paperback version looks a lot jollier than the more serious hardback version!
Saturday, 19 September 2020
A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.
In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.
The idea of truly wishing to end one's own life is a concept completely foreign to most post-mortals, because we can't experience the level of pain and despair that so seasoned the Age of Mortality. Our emo-nanites prevent us from plunging so deep.
I think all young women are cursed with a streak of unrelenting foolishness, and all young men are cursed with a streak of absolute stupidity.
If you are the singer, then I am the song,
A threnody, requiem, dirge.
You've made me the answer for all the world’s need,
Humanity’s undying urge.
Friday, 18 September 2020
Sunday, 13 September 2020
|Sruth na Maoilé|
(Image from a URL link to his site)
Friday, 11 September 2020
So, I just went back through and entered the exact same answers and got 100%.
Monday, 7 September 2020
|Oidheadh chloinne Lir|
(above image a link to the image location on his website)
Friday, 4 September 2020
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
|Hotel Del Luna|
Love can be one's remedy and poison.
Cranes make sure their feathers stay as white as snow even when they're standing in mud.
Whether this place is a fence or a prison for me, what I have is hell. It's not that wonderful to be in hell together.
We should soundproof the hotel rooms.