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Well it is with great glee and a little bit of hard work that I can announce that I have been awarded a research and development grant from the Arts Council. Thanks the lovely people at the Arts Council.
This will be an action research process whereby I will be mentored, have time to write, take the opportunity for my work to be edited and have a rehearsal stage which will culminate in a scratch show in the Autumn.
The title of the show is ‘You can’t be surprised by a selfie’, and I will be comparing and exploring the ideas around a Global village VS a real village, self image, relationships with the world around us and also I will tell the audience’s fortune too by exploring the elements that make up fortune telling. Sounds bonkers and it will be, alongside this I am working with a wonderful artist called Ann Bellamy and she is creating 6 masked characters that will appear in the show too. Ann will be mentored by the fantastic and highly experienced Trestle Theatre, who will help Ann with the mask’s construction and with the mask work in the show as well.
My mentor will be the incredibly talented poet Ross Sutherland. Mr Sutherland will be supporting the creative process and has already helped me to unlock parts of the show. I also get to work with the Clare Cottage near Peterborough on my writing residency which is very exciting to me as the idea of going somewhere that inspirational to write is both thrilling and terrifying at the same time.
You all get a treat too, as both of the mentors involved in this project,Trestle and Ross Sutherland will be hosting master-classes for artists and writers local to Peterborough in the Autumn so please look at for these. Myself and Ann Bellamy will also be delivering workshops and hopefully these will all be for free and at suitable times.
I have to thank Metal Peterborough and namely Mark Richards their director here, as his invaluable help and time has really taken my little idea onto a whole new level. I will also be performing my scratch show at the Metal space so a big thanks for allowing that to happen.
My next step is to read more about and dig deeper into the ideas of fortune telling and also how ‘Selfies’ are a new phenomenon that is already having a strange affect on society, so if you have any opinions on either of these themes then please comment here. I will also be meeting with and interviewing Delaine and Damian LeBas who are both British Romany artists about their thoughts on fortune telling so expect a little blog about this in the future.
Many thanks to all those people who have helped me with the application and I am so looking forward to working on this new phase of my creative career.
Please take a look at the websites of those I am working with:
Ann Bellamy- https://www.facebook.com/annsoddillustrations
Ross Sutherland – http://www.rosssutherland.co.uk/
Delaine LeBas- http://togypsyland.blogspot.co.uk/
Trestle Theatre- http://www.trestle.org.uk/
Metal Peterborough- http://www.metalculture.com/
The John Clare Cottage- http://www.clarecottage.org/
ALSO A BIG THANKS TO THESE GUYS!