Category Archives: collaboration

The Admiral’s Tea Party

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The Admiral’s Tea Party

We are excited about Wordsmithery’s commission from Medway’s new Paint The Town Festival.

The Admiral’s Tea Party is a new site specific performance which will take its inspiration from aspects of Chatham’s heritage, commissioned for the Paint The Town Festival.

Did you know that the Admiral of the Fleet (head honcho of the British navy) used to have a residence in the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham, Kent? And that he used to organise fabulous tea parties on the lawn there?

Taking our inspiration from this fact, and from the nautical history of the area, we will be creating a new show to be performed at the Lower Lines Park on 24 June. We want stories and writing from local people to be part of the show! Playwright Sam Hall will be leading some creative writing workshops to help create the final piece.

WORKSHOPS:

The first workshop will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 from 1- 3pm at Nucleus Arts Centre. Book here.

There is also a second workshop on Wednesday 26 April, 2-5pm at the Brook Theatre. Book here.

ACTORS NEEDED!

Join our Community Cast for our outdoor theatre performance exploring the history of Gillingham’s Lower Lines Park. The site specific show will be performed on the afternoon of Saturday 24 June. We currently need actors to be part of this exciting new production. Workshops dates to be confirmed, but if you are interested, please email us for further info.

Roundabout Nights presents ‘Paint it Black’

Paint it black poster
24 April, Roundabout Nights

As part of the Paint The Town festival we are hosting a night of poetry and words about mental health to accompany Bridget Aphrodite’s show in the festival ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’.

Billed as ‘a musical about depression’, this electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Roundabout Nights regulars Dylan Oscar Rowe and Spreken are confirmed headliners and we will have our usual pre-bookable open mic, in what promises to be an intense, educational and entertaining night.

Heretics 2015 launch event

Some images from the launch event of our lit-art exhibition. More to follow soon. Thanks to Marilyn Simpson and David Bahia for these. The exhibition is on at Rochester Library until the end of September, and there is a booklet of all the writing which can be read in the library alongside the artworks. You can also order a limited edition catalogue-anthology of the project from www.wordsmithery.info

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Roundabout Nights birthday is coming up

We will be one in July! We have hosted a year’s worth of out live lit evening with 3 venues, 2 book launches, 3 play premieres, a relaunch of 17Percent’s She Writes showcase, our type and gripe night – ME4-rum, several live lit debuts and writers/performers including (but not limited to) Clair Meyrick, Barry Fentiman-Hall, Sarah March, Neil R Wood, Zack Davies, SM Jenkin, Rachel Davies, Dylan Oscar Rowe, Philip Kane, Sarah Hehir, Maria C McCarthy, Fiona Sinclair, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Maggie Drury, Malek Montag, Sam Rapp, Chris Van Beck, Lisa Vigour, Razz Saunders, and Luka Lukasik, with added songs from Bob Carling and Rachel McCarthy, and Paul Corcoran. And not forgetting our regular photogs, Bill Gooch, Chris Tong, and Marilyn Simpson. Thanks so much to everyone who has performed, read, written, taken photos, watched and enjoyed!

If you haven’t been yet, then where have you been on Mondays for the last year? We forgive you – come on down for cake on 6 July at Poco Loco!

Birthday cake photo

An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics – year 2

Last year we curated our collaborative exhibition – An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics – as part of Rochester LitFest, where our exhibition was shown at Rochester Library for a month, and we held an evening of readings from the project.

We anonymously give written texts to a range of artists – and they interpreted the text in whatever medium they chose. The writing and pictures were displayed as part of the exhibition. We are going to do it again this year, and have started getting writing in on the theme of ‘The Road not Taken’.

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both”

We are pleased to say that we plan to repeat the project this year – and it is hoped that by the time it gets to May we will have all the written submissions in. If you are an artist in any visual medium and you would like the chance to interpret one of them let us know. Also if you are a writer, drop us a line to find out more.

You can like the Facebook page ‘An-Assemblance-Of-Judicious-Heretics’ for updates.

Photos from ‘A strange melange of good and evil’

Here are a selection of readers reading at the event we hosted as part of the ‘An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics’ exhibition. Thanks to Chris Tong (B+W) and Marilyn Simpson (colour) for the pictures.

You can see the pictures inspired by the words, and read the words too, at Rochester Library, until 25 October.

Comments from the event:
‘Felt very welcome: nice relaxed atmosphere.’ ‘Fantastic – how lucky we are to have a library like this and so many talented poets. More of this please: lots of poets reading a single poem. Loved the artwork also.’ ‘Very enjoyable and entertaining. More poetry reading events please.’ ‘Excellent content.’ ‘More of the same please.’

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Heretics exhibition is now live!

Pic of exhibition being installed
Almost installed

The exhibition is now hung and ready to see in Rochester Library. All in all it’s a fantastic body of work – and shows a myriad ways of interpreting the written text.

We have photos, paintings, pencil sketches, sculptures, 3D pieces, and a few things that defy categorisation!

The artists responded to an anonymous text – so that any preconceptions they might have had about the writer were removed. They collaborations are revealed at the exhibition.

The full list of writers and artists – no particular order is as follows: Nigel Adams, Clair Meyrick, Ira Lightman, Deke Dobson, Frater XII Irrumabo, Bethany Pope, Tara Moyle, Chris Page, Roy Smith, Sarah Jenkin, Maria McCarthy, Thomas Kelly, Bill Lewis, Maggie Drury, Barry Fentiman-Hall, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Dylan Oscar Rowe, Anne-Marie Jordan, Philip Kane, Sarah Hehir, Malek Montag, Richard Squarecube, Riven Gray, Marilyn Simpson, Bill Gooch, Dianne Reeves, David Wise, Lesley Ellen Cooperwaite, Heather Haythornthwaite, Jen Cross, Nikki Price, Victoria Wainwright, Cassandra Nye, Abigail Ziering, Mark Holihan, Stef Rowe. (Bios can be found here.)

You can hear a lot of the writers reading the texts which inspired the artwork on Thursday 2 October from 7pm, at Rochester Library. Free to attend, but booking essential. Telephone 01634 337799.

The exhibition was initially inspired by the ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’ theme for this year’s Rochester Litfest – going on now!

An assemblance of judicious heretics
at Rochester Library, Rochester, Kent to 25 October.  Normal library opening hours.