The best of going out: by staying in
Handpicked arts, theatre, music and entertainment online courtesy of Wells Maltings director, Simon Daykin.
In the week that our Government’s new roadmap for the end of lockdown was announced, and we start to see some very encouraging statistics around the retreat of Coronavirus and vaccination rollout, it also seems as if Spring is starting to arrive.
If the plan works, we should see the Maltings open up again for programmes and events from mid May, heralding a summer without restrictions. We will of course follow the data and further announcements closely and keep you all fully informed.
So whilst my first priority is to curate programmes back in our building from the late Spring, I’m still scanning the online horizon for gems and nuggets to share now.
Our Zoom programmes are going from strength to strength, and proving hugely popular, as were our activities for half term last week. Our Treasure Hunt is still available to download, so if you still fancy an hour or so of local discovery with the family around Wells, get your boots on and start walking!
Here’s this week’s joyful jollop of jollity, featuring probably the best office comedy in the world, the power of young girls, seminal folk revivalism, and a truly uplifting performance from a group of nimble nuns.
The brilliant New Perspectives Theatre Company and Soho Theatre have injected new digital life into their 2014 adaptation of Lars Von Trier’s cult office comedy The Boss Of It All. A company boss has masqueraded as a co-worker for years, but now needs a real boss – so hires an actor. It’s a recipe for trouble. Starring Josie Lawrence in a Zoom based production filmed at the end of last year, it’s entertaining, inventive and just the thing for an evening in your favourite swivel chair.
From Inbetween to Power
The hopes, fears and aspirations of three young Bradford girls is brought into focus in a new film commission from New Focus in association with Impressions Gallery. Girl Power was inspired by the gallery’s exhibition of portraits of local girls aged 10-12, Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelssohn, and talks openly and honestly to three of the girls featured and hears their powerful stories. A moving and thought provoking piece.
Watch Girl Power here, with links to the Being Inbetween exhibition
Chinese arts meet digital architecture
The Chinese Arts Now 2021 festival opened last week and runs until 21 March. This year, CAN has teamed up with Two Temple Place in London to create a unique digital encounter that responds creatively to the building’s architecture and stories through a 3D world using gaming technology. Dive right into an online exhibition tour, live performances, talks and curator led presentations, or indulge in some paper crafting. It’s a beautiful and creative experience.
Bright Sparks in 24 Hours
I mentioned Leicester’s Spark Festival last time: one of the partnership projects spawned by that is the 14/48 Takeover, the world’s fastest theatre festival, where plays written by young people aged 8-12 are staged and performed by companies of adult actors in just 24 hours. It’s fast, furious, dynamic and a perfect celebration of the creativity of the young and how adults and children can collaborate to make breathtaking work.
Seminal Folk, Influential People
A friend drew my attention to something of which I was vaguely aware, but hadn’t fully explored until this week. The Waterson family is folk music royalty (although they would hate that term), influential in the folk revival scene of the early 1960s. This short film, Travelling for a Living, follows them on tour and during recordings, much of it shot in their home town of Hull. It’s a beautiful commentary on the music and its history, the people, and the social scene, and is an essential 45 minute watch for anyone. The word ‘seminal’ is overused, but this film deserves the label. Watch for free via the BFI Player.
Brighten Your Day with Nimble Nuns
Finally, something just wonderfully uplifting and positive, from thirteen Redemptoristine sisters from an enclosed monastery in County Dublin. Part of the Jerusalema dance challenge, the piece was made just to cheer people up and support their prayers during lockdown. It’s just over 3 minutes. Watch it. Your day will be improved, I guarantee it.
Stay safe and well everyone – more next week. Don’t forget our own packed Lockdown Zoom programme through to the end of March.
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