Event: Cure All Karaoke!

Come one, come all, come sing your little heart out! News is that there’s something fun for you to do this Friday, east London way, courtesy of our comrades, Daily Life Ltd. Read on, chums…

What: Karaoke Extravaganza!
When: Friday 4th December 2015, 7:30pm – late
Where: Chats Palace, Hackney, London E9 6DF

Do you need saving from your December Blues?
Bobby Baker and the Daily Life Ltd are here to help!Friday 4th December 2015, 7:30pm – late 
Chats Palace, Hackney, London E9 6DF
This incredible evening includes:
Bobby Baker and her legendary show COOK DEMS featuring her fabulous BAKED ANTLER recipe for Survivors with Status.
Edible PRIZES for the best song! Wow!
Art Tombola and more!

Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime to mingle with some Cool Cats and Diggedy Dogs



Event: Art & Music for the Mind, Kingston

‘Sound 1’

What: Art & Music for the Mind
When: Saturday 10th October, 2015
Where: All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames (see FB link for full details)

Artist TEMPOK got in touch to let us know he is taking part in Kingston Mental Health Festival in support of World Mental Health day on Saturday October 10th, and to share some paintings he created during a workshop in the run-up to this event.

Take a look at the Facebook event page here: Art & Music Festival for the Mind

TEMPOK says his paintings in this post were created whilst “listening to classical music and painting, drawing”, resulting in “an idea inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.”

‘Sound 2’

He goes on to explain that, comically, “not only was there a radio playing pop music in the cafe next door, but everyone was passionately discussing urinals and unmade beds in the actual room, so that didn’t work out too well!” However, despite the distractions, “the interesting thing was that by having this atmosphere of bustling friendliness all around, I felt very nourished and that in itself inspired me to paint these pictures!”

‘Sound 3’

TEMPOK wants to help give the festival a boost the this year, “as, last year, it was dampened by the rain, and it’d be nice if lots of people came to enjoy it this year. Plus, 20% of all sales go to the charity Mind so it’s for a good cause – not to mention giving the artists and musicians, marginalised through mental distress, some well-deserved exposure!

More information can be found on the Mind in Kingston site…
“This year sees the first Kingston Mental Health Festival which celebrates World Mental Health day by holding a range of events for local people. As well as the Mind in Kingston’s annual Arts & Music Festival there will be talks, coffee mornings and wellbeings to suit everyone.

Organisations taking part include: Learn English at Home (LEAH), Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA), Fircroft Trust, Kingston Libraries, Public Health Kingston, RBK Equality & Community Engagement Team and Mind in Kingston.

For a full listings of events, please click here to download the programme (PDF format), or go to the Events Page here.

Theatre: Nineveh

I was just sent this press release for a physical theatre show which may be of interest to you guys…

Theatre Témoin presents
directed by Ailin Conant, written by Julia Pascal
at Riverside Studios from 16 April to 11 May (press night: Thursday 18 April at 7.30pm)

“Inspired by the testimonies of international soldiers, Nineveh is a fantastical and inventive physical show that considers what happens when a soldier leaves the war zone. The show was created by award-winning playwright Julia Pascal (Crossing Jerusalem, The Dybbuk) and Ailin Conant (Artistic Director of Theatre Témoin). This theatre experience is made as a result of Conant’s work with ex-fighters, peace activists, ageing veterans and child soldiers in Rwanda, Lebanon, Israel and Kashmir.

Once there was a boy. The war had taken his hands and arms. When he went home, his family didn’t recognise him. “You have no arms”, they said, “you are not our son”. They threw him into the river, where a giant fish swallowed him.

This stunning new play is based on the stories of ex-combatants and child soldiers that Ailin Conant encountered through The Return Project, in which she created theatre with people in four countries over a year. The result is a magical and timeless tale of four ex-soldiers adrift in a mysterious vessel. It explores the relationships between four different men and their attempts to escape their past and present.

Ailin Conant, Theatre Témoin: ‘Some experiences are too enormous to derive meaning from in any rational way. I could spend forever talking about the people and stories I’ve encountered and still fail to communicate the things that were most significant and affecting. For that reason, we create theatre.’

The production has been created with the support of War Child, Amnesty UK, Queen Mary, University of London, and Arts Council England. The Return Project ( http://www.returnproject.blogspot.co.uk ) was supported by Wellesley College and the Mary Elvira Stevens Travelling Fellowship.

Theatre Témoin: the act of witnessing does not exist as a verb in French.
One can only ‘be a witness’ passively: ‘être témoin’. The active verb, ‘témoigner’, means ‘to testify’.

Theatre Témoin is a physical theatre company that creates work that is daring, socially engaged, and fun. It collaborates with people, companies and communities internationally to make high quality theatre that provokes change because it is personal, not because it is didactic.

Theatre Témoin’s most recent show was The Fantasist – ‘an examination of the bipolar state which uses puppetry to seriously good effect’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). The Fantasist received critical acclaim including numerous five star reviews during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and tours the UK and Ireland in 2013. Further work includes: Nobody’s Home (2010), on post-war trauma and the soldier’s journey home in a modern re-telling of The Odyssey. Jukai (2008), a collaboration with Taiko drummers, on the forest at the base of mount Fuji haunted by its reputation for being the biggest suicide spot in Japan, possibly the world; and Borderline (2008), looking at immigration law and the plight of the ‘sans papiers’ in a satire of French bureaucracy gone wrong.”

Concert for Barnet Voice.

Hello folks. Barnet Voice for Mental Health are holding a fundraising concert in the delightful St.Paul’s Church in Covent Garden and I want as many of you as possible to go. The church is also affectionately known as ‘The Actor’s Church’ because of its affiliation with – you guessed it – actors, both alive and deceased. It’s a lovely venue for a concert as I can attest as I recently went to a tribute for the late Adrian Mitchell there.

I just want to say that Barnet Voice have helped me so very much and their dedicated volunteers are the only people who have enabled me to be seen by the right NHS professionals at the right time. I don’t know what I would have done without their valuable time and input – and don’t forget this was ALL for free so please do come along to this fundraising event. I know it will be brilliant.

If you want a full size copy of the invite and programme of events please email me and I will forward it on to you in PDF format.

Concert in aid of Barnet Voice for Mental Health
7:30pm, Saturday 9th April 2011
St. Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2 9ED.

Please give generously! Barnet Voice suffered badly when the cuts came in so we need to do all we can to keep them alive.