Goodbye Theatre Royal Plymouth

For the past couple of months, I have been apart of one of the most amazing opportunities. Theatre Royal Plymouth created a scheme for bloggers in Plymouth, with no previous experience in the theatre industry I jumped at this opportunity and then I received the amazing news that I gained a place on the scheme. With there being such a big interest in the scheme, the Theatre wanted to make it a quarterly opportunity, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Now the Spring term is over, it is time to say goodbye to the Theatre, as ten new bloggers are getting their backstage experience. Before saying farewell, I would like to chat about the scheme, first up! What did I enjoy the most? It would have to be seeing parts of performances that you wouldn’t normally, as well as meeting cast members. This was the whole aim of the scheme, we were never there to review the performance, we would speak about our backstage experience.

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The Star Seekers

On Wednesday evening, I had the amazing opportunity to watch The Star Seekers presented by Wardrobe Ensemble at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This opportunity was made possible because I am on the Bloggers Scheme at the Theatre, if you don’t know what this scheme is about, read my short announcement for it here.

I was pretty excited for this performance and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. Even though this performance is aimed at children, I absolutely loved it! You meet Alph (Ben), Betty (Jessie) and Gammo (Jack) three astronauts, who are sent on a mission by Doctor Doctor. They must find the three missing orbs to fix the Infinite Energy Fusion Drive.

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The Wrong Side of Prohibition

I was kindly invited by Thespis Project Theatre Company to attend their performance of The Wrong Side of Prohibition with a few other bloggers from Plymouth. This was the first performance by Thespis that I have watched and it didn’t fail to amaze me. The performance explores the lives of gangsters in 1920s America.

An era that I’ve always wanted to know more about, as after watching Vampire Diaries I fell in love with it. Anastasios Chalas portrayed the club owner Tony, who showed good interactions with the other characters, despite acting like a strong character there were those moments where you sympathized for him. He had an amazing bond with all the actors and their characters.

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to watch Danza Contemporánea de Cuba presented by Dance Consortium at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This opportunity was made possible because I am on the Bloggers Scheme at the Theatre, if you don’t know what this scheme is about, read my short announcement for it here.

We were in for a treat as before the show, we had a Q&A with three of the performers, Laura Rios Curbelo, Claudia Rodriguez Pozo and Norge Cedeño Raffo. It was lovely to meet them, as we got to ask them some interesting questions to know more about them and what they do with Dance ConsortiumDanza Contemporánea de Cuba was founded in 1959, they have become the nation’s flagship contemporary dance troupe.

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Real Ideas Organisation finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards

The Real Ideas Organisation have been shortlisted in two categories in the UK Social Enterprise Awards.

The Awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise, recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises along with those who lead them. Around the United Kingdom there are over 70,000 social enterprises, who contribute £24 billion to the economy each year. RIO are based in the South West with offices in Plymouth, Liskeard and Bristol.

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Audio Tour comes to Devonport Guildhall and Column for Visitors

A new self-guided audio tour was launched on Wednesday at the Devonport Guildhall and Column.

The audio tour, which was created by the Real Ideas Organisation, was designed to allow visitors to learn all about the history of the Guildhall and Column. Working alongside RIO to create the audio tour was The Media Workshop, Plymouth City Museum and local historian Chris Robinson. To provide a fascinating insight into the former uses of the two graded buildings, along with historical information about the local area.

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ADP Riot Tour heads to Devonport Guildhall

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) will be on displayed at Devonport Guildhall later this month.

Created by acclaimed artist Jimmy Cauty the model village will open its doors to visitors across the United Kingdom. Located in a specially converted shipping container, the model can be found at the sites of historic riots. Last summer, the ADP had an appearance at Dismaland. From Saturday 20 – Friday 26 August, the ADP Riot Tour will be showcased at Devonport Guildhall.

It will showcase a vast diorama detailing the aftermath of a major disturbance. Devonport experienced this in 1801 when a wheat shortage and raised bread prices caused crowds to seize bread and meat. The event’s organisers hope the experience will be a peaceful and thought-provoking one. The model village will be an small scale of 1:87.

The ADP Riot Tour will open to the public from Saturday 20 August with a Private View for invited guests on Friday 19 August. For more information head over to their website HERE or their official Twitter page HERE.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Mayer

 

DOG SHOW! launches at Radiant Gallery

Recently I attended the preview night for the launch of the DOG SHOW! at Radiant Gallery. The exhibition was designed and curated by a group of nine and ten-year-old children from Plymouth and the Gallery’s resident Miniature Dachshund, Beau. There was a mixture of work at the exhibition including photography, drawing, jewellery, sculptures and even a pooch photo booth!

It was interesting to see the different work that people had produced for the show, it was all focusing around the same topic but it was interesting to see the different takes. The evening was very doggy originated which was nice to see as they all played a massive part to create the exhibition. Their bistro, RumpusCosy made the dogs at home by serving cute doggy treats including Yappuccinos and Woofaccinos along with dog treats.

There were no two pieces alike at the Gallery, they all had very different meanings from one another. Some were even personal meanings to the Artists themselves. This exhibition didn’t have any many pieces as the last one I attended, the Plymouth Young Contemporary Open. The pieces here did still make the exhibition worth while as they are all different. Here are my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

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Kev Attwood – Joshy’s Nose

This piece by Kev Attwood I feel is really cute. A photograph of a dog’s nose, it’s just super simple. It’s interesting to see a dog’s nose up this close as its not really a part of a dog that you see this much in depth.Normally you see their face or paws. Noses are just as cute!

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Liam Ainscough – Snoopy Dog

So I don’t remember having one of these as a child, but Liam Ainscough has modeled this piece after the Snoopy Dog released by Fisher Price. It’s an up scaled model of the iconic dog toy from the 1960’s which Liam has fond memories playing with as a child. This is super cute as it’s like your childhood is growing up with you in the form of your toys. The attention to detail is just amazing, it looks exactly like the toy.

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Mitch Boyer – Big Viv

I first saw these photo-illustration series by Mitch Boyer before the preview night as they were used to advertise the exhibition. They are such a creative idea to mix man and dog together. There’s such a simple message behind these, they explore what life would be like with a small dog turned giant.

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Sarah Britten-Jones – Takin’ the Lead

When I first came across these walk along dogs by Sarah Britten-Jones, they seemed a bit scary. With them looking quite realistic and their facial expressions but after a while you see how it’s such a simple and good idea. I really like the fact that they are on wheels so they are able to be pushed around like you’re taking a dog for a walk.

I hope you enjoyed this post and this brief insight into the DOG SHOW at Radiant Gallery. I would recommend going to the exhibition if you live locally. It is now open to the public until Saturday 30 September 2016. So pop on down! For more information follow Radiant HERE on their official Twitter page.

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Plymouth Young Contemporary Open 2016

The very first Plymouth Young Contemporary Open (PYCO) exhibition opened at Radiant Gallery and Peninsula Arts Gallery on Friday 1 July. Following on from the success of Plymouth Contemporary Open, PYCO was created to showcase the incredible talent of children and young people, read more here.

Devonport Market Hall consultations for residents

People living in Devonport are invited to have their say regarding the future of the Devonport Market Hall.

Drop-in sessions will be taking place later this month at the Redrow shop units on Phelps Road, Devonport. With local residents and businesses invited to say their opinions regarding the future developments. The Grade II listed building is set to become Plymouth’s new space for digital arts, research, education and visitors in an increasingly digital-focused environment when it is planned to open Summer 2017.

The development work is being led by the social enterprise company Real Ideas Organisation. The same company who are also responsible for the restoration of Devonport Guildhall and Column. The proposed development will be a significant moment for Devonport, with the area featuring office, lab and teaching space. As well as conference facilities, a cafe bar and a range of cultural and learning activities.

Ed Whitelaw from RIO said, “Two of the problems we’re trying to solve are around how we work with people to support skills and the regeneration of the city, to do that well we need to listen to people.”

The consultation sessions will take place on Thursday 21 July, 3-7pm and Thursday 26 July, 5-8pm. For more information on the Market Hall, visit HERE and follow them on Twitter HERE.