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.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Gothic Exhibition at the British Library

The new exhibition, Terror and Wonder, which runs until 20th January 2015, includes one of the Gormenghast manuscripts. Open at the page where Titus is a small figure in the forest, it sits beneath an original drawing by Ian Miller of the tree which juts out of the side of the castle.
Prints of Ian Miller's other Gormenghast images are available here.


Peake in China

Mervyn Peake's father wrote a comprehensive memoir about his work as a medical missionary in China in the early 20th century. This has now been published by the British Library under the title "Peake in China", with an introduction by Hilary Spurling. It's a fascinating and well-written account his time in China and there are, of course, many references which readers of Gormenghast will recognise.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Gormenghast, by Carabosse


A new stage adaptation of Gormenghast is coming! The first two books in the Mervyn Peake trilogy are being adapted by the Carabosse theatre company into an imaginative new play. The production will premiere at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes on 7th of October 2014. Everything is in place, but a little extra boost is needed to improve on what we have.

We hope to raise a minimum of £500 to add polish to the stage design and costumes. Everything over our target will help us reach a higher level in costume and set realisation. We are offering rewards for funders including tickets, posters, postcards, plus original Gormenghast set-design art by Brighton based artist Aaron Howdle.

If you would like to help to fund our production and get some great rewards, please click on the link to visit our Indigogo page: http://igg.me/at/gormenghast/x/8126327 Thank you!

Carabosse are a new theatre company employing a mix of professional and non-professional actors. Their work includes projects helping adults with learning disabilities and work in schools. Tickets can be bought here: Gormenghast.