So, life in lockdown has cooled our ardour a bit recently! Below are details of our most recent project, from January 2020, Since then, members of our collective have been performing all over the world at online slams and other gigs including New Zealand, New York and New Brighton (OK - we lied about New Brighton! Watch out for us if you happen to sign up for an online spoken word event.
Like so many organisations in the cultural sector, our work is paused due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Normally, news of our new show would be posted up here but it isn't! That does not mean we are not busy behind the scenes, making all kinds of plans for 2021 and beyond. In the meantime, we have left details of last year's programme here to whet your appetite.
Our autumn show, Flotsam, launched at the Turner Contemporary in Margate in November, as part of the 2019 Margate Bookie Festival. Poets - Robin Pilcher, Steve Tasane (Estonia), Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson (British Caribbean heritage) & Isabel White (Scotland - yes Scotland); singers and musicians Patricia Hammond (mezzo and autoharp - Canada), Davide Stramaglia (piano - Italy), Sabina Virtosu (violin - Romania), Rosemary Yung (pipa - Hong Kong); Depi Gorgogianni (choreography - Greece) entertained our audience, while sculptor/photographer Will Collett curated and displayed new work in the Margate School of Art and Pharmacy Gallery. Also in the Margate School, we hosted young migrants from Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) who had created poems and stories telling of their journeys from their homeland to the UK, both in English and their native languages. We hope to work with them again in 2021.
'Flotsam' was the culmination of an autumn season of workshops with young migrants at KRAN, and artists with a variety of disabilities in association with Kent Adult Services. Here's what the audience thought of it...
Very moving and inspirational. Totally enjoyed the immersive performance experience.
Innovative, creative, humorous. Answers the question – who am I? creatively. Poses questions about multiculturalism. Touching. Lots of talent.
Enchanting and thought provoking.
It was really great and eye opening for a foreigner like me to British art performance. The performers were brilliant as well.
Brilliant and emotional.
Heart-breaking as it should be given the subject. Beautiful music, dancing, and words. Poignant.
A poignant, beautiful, timely and thought-provoking performance.
A powerful reminder of the talent in jeopardy as part of the refugee crisis. Very moving.
And finally, a very short clip of the performance can be found here.