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I've just had a pair of tickets for this show, at the Brady Arts Centre in Bethnal Green, passed on to me by my father. Anyone interested in going with me?

It's by "carnival creators" Kinetika, based on a play by Derek Walcott, and it's part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.

5pm, Saturday 3rd March 2007, at the Brady Arts Centre (nearest tube station is Whitechapel).

There's apparently also a fascinating exhibition on there too, and the day after that the famous Royal Bengal Tiger will be wandering around outside the Quayside Museum in Docklands, from 1:30.

Both are free events, but the first requires tickets.
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I was reminded to re-read Major Barbara for entirely unrelated reasons, but it's reminding me powerfully of the current BAE affair.
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http://www.partyunderconstruction.co.uk/ have been sending me invitations, presumably because I'm on White Light's mailing list. It looked like spam originally, but further investigation reveals that it's a showcase for a combination of a New Venue, the tech people, and the party-throwing people.

They apparently have tapdancing dogs.

This, I have to see.
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I plan on booking tickets on Monday evening to see a version of the Ramayana at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, as discussed previously. (Use the tag to see the posts.)

Everyone who replied last time was fine with going on Tuesday 13th February, so I'll book for then. [livejournal.com profile] gnillot has already confirmed, anyone else, please comment before Monday evening! Tickets are £9 each and it's a 19:30 start.
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When I was at the Lyric Hammersmith today, I picked up a flyer for their production of the Ramayana, which is on from the 9th of February to the 10th of March. It's always been a favourite story of mine (faith, beauty, hope, and above all love - and a thousand monkeys!) and I'm really excited at the chance to see it on stage.

The Lyric's a beautiful theatre, too, a Matcham theatre restored from the original moulds and rebuilt inside modern infrastructure. Everything I've seen there has been very good indeed.

I'd be absolutely delighted to have company for a trip there, and there are several good restaurants nearby. If we book for the 10th, 12th, 13th, or 14th of February (Saturday and Monday to Wednesday) tickets are only £9 for anywhere in the house. If anyone's interested and we can agree on a date, I'll deal with bookings. It's an evening performance, 19:30 start, and I don't have a preference for which day as yet.
mirrorshard: (The Rose Theatre)
Went to a concert the other night, with Emma (my sister, wi' no LJ) - probably the longest time we'd spent just the two of us in years. Shooglenifty, at the Famous Spiegeltent, which is to say folkadelica (with banjo and mandolin) in a Victorian-styled takedown venue, all dark wood and mirrors inside. (Emma, who used to work in a large circus, says it's much easier and simpler to put up or take down than a standard Big Top.)
lighting design, vanity, textual preferences, anna poll (no, not that Anna) )
mirrorshard: (The Rose Theatre)
The show's going well - very well, in fact, we've been given a four-star review by the National Student magazine, and three stars by the Scotsman, here (registration wall, I use and recomment Bugmenot).

Choice quotation from the latter: "too silly and simplistic to take very seriously [...] by far the strangest show I've seen this year, and that's saying something." Being able to hand out fliers around Edinburgh with the tagline, Strangest thing the Scotsman's seen all year, is priceless.

In other news, I seem to be developing a disturbing fondness for Smirnoff Ice. Probably due to i) the Smirnoff-sponsored venues not selling proper beer, and ii) my having an official company pass which, in addition to giving me free entry to any show at the Underbelly and sister venues, gives me a small amount of money off drinks at their bars.

Edited in: here are some photos from backstage. I haven't been taking pictures of the performance, partly because my phone-camera doesn't deal too well with sharp gradients in light levels, and partly because I apparently can't suppress the shutter sound. We'll see what we can do.
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Things I've done in Edinburgh so far, let's see... mostly I've been wandering around and getting to know the city, which of course involves finding the good pubs.
good pubs and Odd chip places )
a good bookshopping )
Quakerism and exotic 1960s vegetables )
street theatre )
shakespeariana )
mirrorshard: (The Book of Rainbows)
I spent most of yesterday at the ABTT Theatreshow at the Royal Horticultural Hall. This was both a corporate day out and a family day out, since Illuminati is both - my father, my sister, and I. Director, technical manager, and lighting designer respectively, according to our visitor badges. We do theatre lighting, show work, installations, events, and, well, anything else going in the same area, especially if it's quirky, unusual, and bizarre. Past projects I've worked on have included Shakespeare reinterpretations, outdoor art installations, restaurant refits, The Warp (the only 24-hour play in the English language), and the one and only Rose Theatre.
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