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Wednesday 3 March 2021
This Week’s Recommendation: The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side of Hope
100 mins, language Finnish
Directed by Aki Kaurismaki
The Other Side of Hope was 776th film screened by RFS on 12th December 2017. It was one of three fourth equal ranked films of Season 55, with an approval mark of 90% from those attending.
It follows on from director/writer Aki Kaurismaki's earlier refugee story, 2011's Le Havre, where an ageing shoe-shiner befriends a young African migrant. In this 2017 film, we see Khaled, a refugee from Aleppo, gradually emerge from a heap of coal in a Finnish harbour, having stowed away on a cargo ship. He decides to register as an illegal immigrant, where he learns from another refugee the best tactics for being allowed to stay - "be cheerful, but not too cheerful".
Meanwhile, lugubrious travelling salesman Waldemar Wikstrom has walked out on his alcoholic wife and then wins a small fortune at poker. He decides to buy a shabby restaurant called the Golden Pint, where the cook sleeps standing up with a cigarette in his mouth.
Khaled and Wikstrom eventually bump into each other (literally), and Khaled is offered a job in the restaurant, while he works out a way to bring his sister - lost en route from Aleppo - to Finland as well.
Full film notes are available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com
The Other Side of Hope can be streamed from MUBI, Amazon Prime and Curzon and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.
Richmond Film Society event
Anna Jochymek: Crowd Crystal
Exhibition launch event, Thurs 14 Jan, 7pm. Free. Please book your space on our website so we can send you the Zoom link.
Through her performative action - that took place in London between 2017 and 2019 in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum vote - Anna Jochymek explores the concept she developed and named the ‘space of fear.’ She came up with this concept because she felt that there is a lack of terminology to express her personal experience of the dynamic of ongoing socio-cultural transformation. Find out more about the video performative artwork she created by joining our online launch event.
Watermans Art Centre event
As a follow up to the earlier Newsletter piece about Optik's history (June 2020) , the company is very pleased to be able to announce that archive footage of its very first production has just been posted on YouTube. One Spectacle, first performed in 1981, launched a hectic programme of five touring productions over the next four years. More details of Optik's early work can be found on the Unfinished Histories web-site (https://www.unfinishedhistories.com/history/companies/optik/). To watch One Spectacle enter Barry Edwards Optik One Spectacle in the YouTube search box. It was recorded on a very early piece of VHS equipment so we have done our best to enhance the original and hope that something of its 'provocative lunacy' (Time Out) is still there forty years later! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr7GUrQFGkM&t=3s
Short Plays for Short Journeys
Podcast subscribers who enjoy listening to drama now have access to a brand new drama series: Short Plays for Short Journeys.
This new podcast, created by Wild Duck Productions of the award-winning Wild Duck Theatre, showcases talented but unheard playwrights. Season one consists of four diverse plays including Brothers, by Matthew Huntington, a witty family drama with a sequel in Season Two due out in early 2021.
The podcasts have been launched as a way to share, on new platforms, the professional work of this company led by Creative Director Susan Conte.
Each episode has a different storyline and style, exploring the nature of the human condition and each runs between eleven and nineteen minutes. Brothers, for example, delicately yet with great humour, explores the pain and shame of infertility.
Conte, whose recent work for Wild Duck includes “Things I know to be True” and sell-out success “King Charles III” commented, “With so many exceptional writers, we searched for ways to bring to life the work of these authors and combine their creativity with our company of talented actors and directors. “
Producer, Fleur de Henrie Pearce, continued, “During these uncertain times it’s a joy to bring some escapism to our patrons who are currently unable to attend stage productions. Podcasts offer an immediate theatre experience and with the varied running times, the option to listen on the move or when you feel like escaping to another time is available to listeners.”
Season one is now live on major podcast platforms and is available to listen to here www.wildducktheatre.com/podcasts
Donations to support the podcast and new writing can be made at www.wildducktheatre.com/donate
For fuller sponsorship partnership opportunities with Wild Duck Productions, please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're a Writer, Director, or Actor looking to showcase and would like to be a part of future Seasons, we'd love to hear from you.
We are also looking to collaborate with creative sound designers for Season 2 and
beyond. For further information please go to www.wildducktheatre.com/who-are-we
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Wild Duck Theatre event
Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece, a series of four online children’s theatre shows written by Hannah Khalil
Watermans is delighted to present Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece, a series of four online children’s theatre shows written by Hannah Khalil (15 Heroines, Jermyn Street Theatre; Not The Gingerbread Man and Mrs Scrooge, Fly High Stories; and A Museum in Baghdad, RSC). Created for 3-8 year olds, Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece will explore the tales of Persephone, Theseus and the Minotaur, King Midas and his Golden Touch and Pandora’s Box. The plays will be available to view online from 13 January 2021.
Children will enter a miniature world full of exciting adventures, with the battered insect Hope as their guide. Hope journeys into the world of Ancient Greece to escape Pandora's Box, warn King Midas of his greed, seek Persephone in the Underworld and help Theseus to defeat the Minotaur. With charming designs from Sam Wilde (Fly High Stories, Hiccup Theatre Company), under the direction of Ian Nicholson (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, I Found My Hat with Little Angel Theatre), this project offers an engaging and delightfully imaginative adventure to Ancient Greece. Ian Nicholson and Peyvand Sadeghian (Little Angel Theatre, Goblin Theatre) perform. Full details https://www.watermans.org.uk/
Following successful forays into online events in live gigs and film talks, Watermans has turned its attentions to this commission for children because of its continued commitment to widening access to theatre among young people. It is also clear that many children simply won’t have that opportunity to visit the theatre over the coming months because of coronavirus restrictions and Watermans believes this poses a risk to developing future audiences. This commission helps to bridge that gap, bringing the joy of theatre into the home or classroom in theatre shows designed to be viewed online.
Watermans chose the Greek Myths because of their enduring and timeless appeal and the way they address what it means to be human which can ignite interesting conversations with even the youngest children. The Greek Myths are also on the KS2 curriculum so this series is an additional resource for teachers who are looking to inspire their pupils.
Watermans Art Centre event
Pandora | Myths and Adventures From Ancient Greece
In this new series of tales from Ancient Greece, children will enter a miniature world full of exciting adventures, with the battered insect Hope as their guide. Hope journeys into the world of Ancient Greece to escape Pandora's Box, warn King Midas of his greed, seek Persephone in the Underworld and help Theseus to defeat the Minotaur. In this first tale, we discover why there is always Hope in the world. Written by Hannah Khalil Directed by Ian Nicholson Designed and Made by Sam Wilde, assisted by Alana Ashley Music by Jim Whitcher Performed by Peyvand Sadeghian Commissioned by and filmed at Watermans, West London’s arts centre.Youtubelink
Watermans Art Centre event
In Flagrante Choir 2020
In Flagrante choir normally rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 19.30 - 21.30 hrs. Venue : St. Anne's Church hall, Kew Green TW9 3AA. All have been welcome to come along to meet, and sing with, the choir.
Singers have a great time working on a wide range of songs - a love of music and ability to hold a tune is all that's required! No audition.
However, since the "lockdown" we have been having a fun weekly choir session singing with our Musical Director, Eamonn O'Dwyer, on Tuesday nights at 19.30 hrs. You are most welcome to join this as we will be continuing through the summer months of 2020.
For further details on how to link in on Tuesday evenings, contact Cathy Jago on firstname.lastname@example.org
or our website https://www.inflagrantechoir.com
In Flagrante Choir event
TCS Virtual performance; Lacrimosa, Mozart Requiem
Unfortunately due to the general situation Teddington Choral Society had to cancel and postpone its Spring and Summer concerts and suspend its weekly rehearsals. But the choir has organized itself to allow the singers to continue practicing their repertoire and to maintain a strong connection.
We have arranged a weekly project which gives the opportunity to the singers to sign up, record themselves and share their recordings so that we can create a virtual choir performance.
We have been extremely fortunate to have the support of our amazing IT specialist (Seamus, son of our Chairperson) who spent hours editing and mixing the final project.
We are also very thankful with the singers who have taken the courage to participate to these projects.
We also had a very good feedback from the singers who did not participate but enjoyed listening and watching the performances.
The Virtual Performance is a new entry in our range of activities and based on the members enthusiasm and the end results we will definitely continue experimenting it.
Find here our virtual performance of Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem: https://youtu.be/pUEXxye1y3Q
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly'
We are delighted that Dr Margaret Wilson, who is the Honorary Curator of the British Dental Association Museum, has agreed to enlighten us with her presentation about the connection between plants and dentistry.
The connection at first may not seem obvious, but on closer examination plant based products have been used by dentists for many hundreds of years, not always with success, hence the title of this presentation: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Before retiring from clinical practice, Dr Margaret Wilson was a consultant in restorative dentistry at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester. She is the Honorary Curator of the British Dental Association Museum and Editor of the Dental Historian.
We do hope that you will join us for this fascinating talk.
This presentation is free to all. The zoom link will be available here, prior to 6pm on Friday January 15th 2021. https://www.kewsociety.org/events/?date2=2021&event_id1=5114
We are once again very grateful to the National Archives for hosting this webinar and making available their considerable expertise.
Kew Society event