Monday, May 17, 2010

Bodies In Urban Spaces - Review

This was an interesting one. We all met at the little shopping parade between New England Street and Preston Circus at 11pm on Friday night. all the neighbours were peering out the window wondering what was happening. What followed was an imaginative if surreal walk down through the North Lanes.

It was like a cross between graffiti and free running. Every now and then we would stop and look at the performers who had thrown/heaped/wedged themselves into the environment somehow. they were hanging from roofs, poking out of basements, wedged up behind lamp posts and bundled into doorways like a pile of brightly coloured charity collection bags. How they got in and out of some of the situations, I will never now.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Peter Blake Art Bus

I missed this last year but it seems Peter Blake, the famous 60s pop artist has a bus full of his art in town on the 15th May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.
View the incredible interior, featuring many of his finest prints, plus you could meet the artist himself!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This is Pure Scenius! - Review

Call me a soft southerner but I only attended one of the three Scenius performances. The thought of them jamming away for three two hour sets fell into the "too much of a good thing" category.

What was it? It was a college lecture beamed back in time from 2050 where they were trying to piece together the last thirty years of music after it had all been erased in a big accident. What was it really? It was an jam session featuring Brian Eno, Karl Hyde, the Necks and a few others. As with this sort of thing, there were no tunes. There were fast ones, slow ones, loud ones, and quiet ones. Some of it was drums and loop based and some wasn't.

The one that started on two pianos was quite good and watching the two screens above the stage gave one the feeling of watching on DVD as opposed to being in the hall. I am not sure Karls lyrics really added that much to the tunes but every now and then he would get something going with Brian which was interesting.

photos from eye magazine.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

dreamthinkspeak: Before I Sleep - Review

Spoiler alert. As it isn't a straight theatre piece, it is hard to review without going into detail and the detail is what makes this so special.

It is a sort of sequel to the classic play "The Cherry Orchard" though only in as much as a few characters from the play are used as recurring themes in it. You start off walking round to the goods entrance of the old Co-Op building on London road. From there you are lead down into the basement where you start your walk through the story. the story relates how the Cherry Orchard in question is sold, chopped down, and turned into a huge housing and shopping complex. It is almost like an Advent calender as you walk (in the dark) from room to room, never knowing what to expect and being quite amazed by what you do find. The surreal feeling of walking across an snowy plain, through the orchard, round a bustling department store or through a ballroom all in the same building.

All in all this is one to see. It is a unique production that you won't get the chance to see again.