Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Boy in Darkness

Gareth Murphy's powerful performance at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell, is an absolute must for any Mervyn Peake fans. He is a truly inspired actor and has scrutinised the story and worked closely with the director, John Walton, to bring it to today's audience. The whole play is utterly absorbing, and every aspect of the production contributes to make this truly compelling.

There's also a fascinating exhibition of Lewis Peake's work in the bar. It's a great combination.

Book tickets here.

"A physical theatre gem." The Stage

(Photographs by Lidia Crisafulli)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ride a Cock Horse

The British Library have produced a stylish new edition of Mervyn Peake's book of nursery rhymes, Ride a Cock Horse, which was first published in 1940. Who can resist these, for instance? Old King Cole, Rub-a-dub-dub, and Doctor Foster went to Gloucester? It's available direct from the British Library.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Boy in Darkness, at the Blue Elephant Theatre

A Boy wanders into darkness, a land of broken things.
There he meets a goat, a hyena and a lamb with diabolical schemes.

The Boy escapes the oppressive Castle of his birthright on his fourteenth birthday. As he ventures into the unknown, his rebellion leads him on a descent to ancient alchemy and present danger. He must call on his wits to escape - or be trapped forever.

Storytelling and physical theatre intertwine in a bold, new stage interpretation of Mervyn Peake's novella 'Boy in Darkness', performed as a solo show by Gareth Murphy. Capturing a chilling adventure in the teenaged years of Titus Groan, hero of the celebrated Gormenghast trilogy, Boy in Darkness is a gothic fairytale underpinned by Peake's rich and powerful language.

The Blue Elephant continues to bring the work of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers to the stage with this original adaptation, following the world stage premieres of Mervyn Peake's plays The Cave and Noah's Ark.

"But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre."
Libby Purves, The Times on The Cave

13th March to April 4th, 2015 (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
More information from Blue Elephant Theatre

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stuff and Nonsense in Portsmouth

Mervyn Peake's nonsense poetry will form part of an evening comedy performance at Portsmouth's Guildhall tomorrow night, 28th January 2015. This has been organised by Max Olesker and it will be a fund raising event for research into Parkinson's. 

More information on the Guildhall website.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dark Arteries

The Rambert Ballet Company has commissioned the first ever brass band dance work to be performed at Sadler's Wells alongside Tredegar Band. 

Rambert
The world's first brass band dance work is among a series of original commissions which will form the cornerstone of Britain's national dance company productions in 2015.
Crossover
It has been announced that Rambert Ballet Company will be joined in the week long production at its Sadler's Wells home in London by Tredegar Band, in what has been described as 'a historic crossover of artistic genres'.
It is the first time that a professional dance company and a brass band have collaborated in this way.
Dark Arteries
The work's title, 'Dark Arteries', is a metaphor for Britain's coal mines taken from a poem by Mervyn Peake.
30 years after the Miners' Strike, and one week after the 2015 General Election, 'Dark Arteries' will celebrate the power of the music to sustain communities through times of social and political upheaval.
'Dark Arteries' is to be composed by Gavin Higgins, who wrote 'Velocity', the opening work for this year's 'Last Night of the Proms' at the Royal Albert Hall, and will be choreographed by Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Maeve Gilmore exhibition


A new exhibition of paintings by Maeve Gilmore is being held at the Ancient and Modern Gallery in London from 6th November to 13th December 2014. It's wonderful work and it's well worth a visit as this is a rare chance to see it.

"ANCIENT & MODERN presents paintings by the British artist and writer Maeve Gilmore (1917-1983), which will also mark the occasion of the 50th exhibition at Ancient and Modern. Maeve Gilmore’s paintings range from her assured early portraits to the later, more exploratory and occasionally tentative, narrative scenarios, with the figure still a key element."

The gallery is at 201 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8QP

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Loose Monk, a new book of poetry by Fabian Peake


Painter and poet Fabian Peake presents his first definitive collection of poetry chosen from a writing practice spanning almost twenty-five years.  Drawing inspiration from nature, memory, domesticity, love and art, the 41 poems in Loose Monk include Peake’s verse poems, abstract pieces and concrete or ‘shape’ poetry that employs repetition, spacing and pauses to convey emotion, atmosphere and a sense of time.  The publication is designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio and reflects the singular visual look of each poem.

Throughout his prodigious writing career Peake has consistently committed himself to an experimental approach and has influenced a younger generation of artistic practitioners including Maria Zahle, Jess Flood-Paddock and Patrick Coyle. The writing grows from his background as an artist and follows in the tradition of painter-poets like Hans Arp, Kurt Schwitters and Paul Klee.  Peake says that ‘there is an unavoidable parallel between how I build a poem and the way I construct a painting.’

For review copies of Loose Monk, interviews, images or 
further information please contact Janette Scott Arts PR on janettescottartspr@gmail.com or +44(0)7966 486156.

Copies of the book can be bought here.