#Letter365 – a year in the making

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 12.51.15We all like getting letters.  Bradpole artist David Smith will be sending a letter a day to Bridport Arts Centre, for a whole year!

It’s all part of an art project, entitled #Letter365, that will gradually unfold over the coming 12 months.  Working in conjunction with Bridport Arts Centre, David will create a unique artwork each and every day for a year with the accumulated work being exhibited as an installation in the Art Centre’s Allsop Gallery in March 2015.

Before the end of each day David will seal his work in an envelope and arrange for it’s delivery to the Arts Centre by post or other means, where it will remain unopened and unseen until the exhibition.  The unfolding process will be documented on a blog http://www.letter365.co.uk. Continue reading

GERALDINE DURRANT on PIRATE GRAN Pirates, parrots and paint…

Geraldine DurrantYou never expect life to change while you are watching paint dry, but that’s exactly what happened to me. One minute I was trying to decide if the living room wall really needed another coat of magnolia and the next Pirate Gran had bounded into my brain, and refused to leave until I had written her down.

I thought eureka moments happened to other people. But there was Pirate Gran – as large as life and twice as naughty – demanding to be let loose on the world. She was irresistibly funny and feisty, and what’s more she very thoughtfully brought her story with her.

I’m sure there are writers whose brains ache with the effort of imagining what happens next… But I could see Pirate Gran as clearly as I could see, well as clearly as I could see that magnolia paint, and somehow I knew exactly what she and her silly shipmates had been up to. Continue reading

PARLOR DANCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WEEK ‘HOME FROM HOME’

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 11.00.47Parlor Dance have loved being back in Bridport after their visit last May when we brought ‘Close Distance’ to the arts centre which was supported by a ‘Dance a Day’ curtain raiser.

This week has been quite a different experience as we are in a research and development process exploring ideas for our next full touring piece ‘Home from Home’ which is studying ‘care’ and impact of care in various contexts. The next work will consist of three different pieces of work to include duet and trio work by the company’s professional dancers and one actor; Richard Headon who co-runs ‘Desperate Men’, a street theatre company based in Bristol. Continue reading

BRIDPORT OPEN BOOK AT SIR JOHN COLFOX SCHOOL

As part of this year’s Bridport Open Book, spoken word poet Chris Redmond spent two days at the Sir John Colfox school working with a group of Year 9 students. They looked particularly at kennings, an Anglo-Saxon literary device in which a new noun or a noun phrase is used to replace a more familiar noun. Examples from Anglo-Saxon poetry, where they were very common, include calling the sea “the whaleroad” a sword a “battlefriend” and the body a “bonehouse.”

Here are some of the Kennings produced by the Year 9′s who worked collaboratively on the poems. Continue reading

PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT’S WORTH’ FOR A PROVOCATIVE MIX OF STAND-UP AND STORYTELLING

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 11.08.36The Price of Everything‘ by Daniel Bye is heading to Bridport Arts Centre, The Marine Theatre and Dorchester Arts next week and in keeping with the spirit of the show the three venues are pleased to offer you the chance to come along and pay only what you think it’s worth.  Continue reading