some people who are fanning the shit out of life
I was scrolling through my facebook and twitter feeds t’other day, and it suddenly struck me what a web of creative and wonderful people I know, who are grabbing life by the balls and MAKING STUFF, putting in some graft and reaping the benefits. I felt such a glow of pride and pretty inspired, I wanted to punch the air and LEAP shouting “YES YOU BRAVE BITCHES.” I didn’t though because I was in the office. So I thought I’d do a shoutout for some of them, and their wonderful projects to try and spread the word and show a bit of support.
Quirkology by Daniel Quirke, directed by Carl Yates.
This is a new web series, written by and starring my pal Dan, playing an exaggerated version of himself, a handsome, awkward, clumsy, playful and utterly adorable lad who loves wearing knitted jumpers and is stuck in a rut in his life. The first episode is released this Sunday, but for now, do take a look at the trailer. It will make you chuckle very hard and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/64920163″>Quirkology – Trailer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user15350588″>Daniel Quirke</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
You can also follow the series on twitter @QuirkologyTV
Crafternoon Cabaret– A Magpie Theatre Venture
This is a stroke of genius from Goddess of Creativity Miss Hannah Cox (whose brilliant blog you can visit here: http://creativise.wordpress.com/) . At this event, you will be provided with some perfect ingredients for a delicious Saturday afternoon- cabaret performances, happy hour cocktails, materials/instructions/on hand guidance on how to make things (past items have included earrings, necklaces and Peter Pan collars) but most importantly there’s bunting everywhere. And we all know BUNTING means FUNTING. I went last time with a gaggle of chums and had an absolute ball. See, look, here we are having an absolute ball:
For Short Theatre
This young theatre company, founded by four graduates of Birmingham University has an incredible ethos, and the spirit and inspiration behind their productions is just a wonder. All their productions take place in site-specific venues, and they are currently in rehearsal for their latest, Anatomy of a Murder by Elihu Winer. This drama is set in a courtroom, so, the company’s performance space for this show is in a disused courthouse on Victoria Embankment and features a large ensemble cast. Looks to be fresh, raw and very exciting. Lovely stuff.
If you’d like to find out more about Anatomy of a Murder which runs between 1st-27th July, go here for tickets:
Also, check out an interview I did with Matt Jessup, one of the company founders here:
You can also follow them here: @ForShortTheatre
Mobius-The Animated Series by Charlie Price
My friend Charlie and his company @MiniScreenPics are currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for an awesome new animated series. I’m not one for cartoons much, but this really made me chuckle, it’s genuinely funny and has real heart! Check out their campaign and watch some of their storyboards here and if you’ve got a spare couple of quid, get behind them, it’s going to be worth it!
FutureSpark- a venture from How It Ended Productions
How It Ended are another dynamic new company born out of Birmingham Uni (I’m telling you now, we were a talented bunch!) Their aim is to present playful, inventive and high quality theatre and they always succeed. Their drive and passion seeps through everything they do, and they’re just going from strength to strength. Their upcoming project, FutureSpark is a festival of New Writing on 11th-12th July at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton. Luton doesn’t have the best reputatation in the world, and having grown-up there, it is so wonderful to see money being invested back into the arts there, the warmth and enthusiasm it’s greeted with, and companies like this one being given the chance to work with and in the community to create something wonderful. Nice one team.
To find out more about How It Ended and the FutureSpark Festival go here:
Follow them here: @How_It_Ended
Also check out an interview I did with company founder Teresa Burns: http://www.livetheatre.co/career-profile-theatre-maker-teresa-burns/
The Gizzle Review by Ed Nightingale
As an aspiring writer and blogger I love to keep an eye on the blogs of my friends, and one of the best out there comes from this guy. The Gizzle Review is a review site encompassing a real eclectic mix of stuff, music, theatre, opera, film, tv, gigs etc, so there’s a real smorgasboard to sink your teeth into. Ed Nightingale writes with humour, sass and true honesty. Now that’s to be admired.
Check it out here: http://www.thegizzlereview.com/
Follow The Gizzle Review here: @ed_nights
So yes, go forth, indulge, enjoy and be inspired by people being brave, seizing their fire and fanning the shit out it. Be bold, be creative, support and let’s et together some stuff to make the world (or a few people at least) go, “Hey, that’s pretty cool.” There’s lots and lots more who are working on similarly exciting ventures, productions and companies. If you are, do let me know, I’d love to write a little shout-out for you!
Aren’t you a wonderful bunch?