A curated selection of FREE cultural & community activities / tasks for you to do whilst Alphabetti is closed, that we have enjoyed.
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Week 23: 28.10.2020
5 writers, 5 actors, 5 new plays available for free online. Adapting to the measures in place this year, Elysium TC commissioned and produced 5 new monologues from brilliant artists, and have been releasing the pieces on Youtube over the last month. It’s a rich collection of work, each piece of which resonates with key issues that have been on our collective minds this year. 5 intimate monologues, elegantly directed and produced, brilliantly performed. Running time: 10-50 minutes depending on each piece
Written by Alphabetti associate Gary Kitching, directed by Jake Murray, and with a stellar cast and team, Sunset on Tantobie is a new audio play set in County Durham. It’s about family, acts of kindness from strangers and how we see the places we call home. We loved listening to this play; the choral music in the opening lulled us in, and the fast-paced storytelling, whipping between funny and moving, kept us hooked the whole way through.
Running time: 40 minutes
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If you’re looking for some family activities during half-term, or something to do at home under a cosy blanket, designer Ella Doran has created a challenge pack for you to learn how to weave with wool and create your own tapestry. Once you get the hang of the process you can also use other materials like old jeans and t-shirts to make the most of old fabrics and turn them into artwork. With worksheets, videos and guidance along the way, there’s lots of resources to help you along the way.
This Monday was Intersex Awareness Day, and Anick spoke to UK Black Pride about his own experience of being intersex. As well as sharing his own story, he answers some basic questions and provides us with some tips on supporting the intersex community; namely, allow people to speak for themselves instead of speaking on their behalf, and keep learning about the key issues faced by the community.
The Comedy Crowd aims to empower everyone to make comedy, helping people get in the game regardless of how new they are. Alongside community, tv and producing arms they run regular competitions for creators to make short sketches and showcase them to industry professionals at live screenings. Their submissions window for Chorts 2020 sketches is now open! They’re looking for script submissions rather than finished videos, maximum length 3 minutes; shortlisted scripts will be reviewed and developed into videos for the live screening and judging portion. Get chortling!
Deadline: Friday 4th December
Many of us were saddened and appalled at the government’s stance on free school meals over this half-term. This micro-play written by Laura Wade and directed by Carrie Cracknell, is a collaboration between Guardian journalists and Royal Court theatre makers, and shows a politician learning hard truths about the reality for those struggling in Britain. Many organisations are doing wonderful work, often outside of their remit, to help families in need over the holidays; donations have been rolling in to Newcastle Food Bank, and ARC Stockton and others are offering free packed lunches. If you or a family you know is in need this half-term, contact them to reserve your lunches,
information here: https://twitter.com/arcstockton/status/1319636250886852608/photo/1
Running time: 7 minutes
Week 22: 21.10.2020
A part of Black Gold Arts Festival 2020, this gentle dance music video from Mele Broomes slows us down to be a part of Broomes’ tuning in to her body and her words. An award-winning choreographer and performer, her work ‘embodies stories from the collective voice, creating visceral and sensory collaborations through her ancestral heritage’. This short film weaves vocal composition with gentle movement, and is followed by a hosted Q&A with poet Degna Stone. The event is pay what you can, but booking is essential.
When: Saturday 24th October @6pm
Running Time: Approx. 30 minutes (inc. post-film Q&A)
A Small Voice Podcast – Chris Killip
Beloved photographer Chris Killip sadly passed away last week. Living in the North East from 1975 until 1991, his work in Tyneside documents the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit, while recording the decline of industrial Britain. The Laing Gallery has a permanent Chris Killip exhibition showcasing previously unpublished photographs of ship building on Tyneside which we highly recommend if you haven’t yet seen it. The photographer Ben Smith hosts the Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers podcast, and in this episode he is in conversation with the late Chris Killip, discussing his work and career.