2016 in Pictures

2016 has been a busy year.

In January, the Rose Company dominated with Arts Council funded Research and Development on the battle scenes of Coriolanus. Working with a talented team of women started the year off in an excitingly challenging way.

 

Both The Rose Company and ELART Productions were involved in the Bard By The Beach Shakespeare Festival in April. The Rose Company provided an afternoon workshop and a series of Shakespeare “statues” that came to life, delivering monologues when an audience appeared in front of them. ELART Productions presented Shakespeare’s Seven Ages (pictured below in rehearsal) – and this was the start of a run of ELART Shakespeare – perfect for #Shakespeare400!

 

June saw a return visit to The Eden Festival in Scotland with our Shakespeare extracts show All The World’s A Stage. We had a great time and it was a joy to perform on the fabulous Melodrome again, this time in the Chas Ambler Would.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream came next in two different venues – a charity performance in St John’s Hospice Midsummer Marquee, followed by a sell-out evening performance in Lancaster Library. This was the biggest cast I had worked with for ages and the energy and fun was fantastic all through as should be clear from the pictures below, taken in a range of rehearsals  and the Dress Run.

 

Kendal Yarns followed at the end of July  and what an experience that turned out to be – I still can’t believe how much was achieved in a fortnight! Concisely here, as blogged in much greater detail earlier, it was an absolutely brilliant community festival.

 

The day after Kendal Yarns we performed All The World’s A Stage on the Melodrome Mobile Stage again. While in some ways the timing wasn’t perfect (I was exhausted!), it was a particularly special event for two reasons: firstly, I’d wanted to put something on in Lancaster Castle courtyard for ages – what a location on a sunny day! – and secondly, two of my goddaughters were in the audience.

 

The ELART Mechanicals had one final 2016 outing and enjoyed playing in Warton St Oswald’s church for a charity 16th birthday concert for – and organised by – the youngest member (I think) of A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast. After this, the third Lancaster Fun Palace opened its doors at the start of October for the now regular (yay!) annual celebration of arts, science and community. See http://www.funpalaces.co.uk for full information – and get in touch to get involved…

 

Finally at the end of November, came an event in aid of Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary – a charity close to my heart.

 

And that was 2016. During what I’m sure many of us will agree has been a challenging year, I have managed mostly to retain a sense of positivity and hope – in no small part due to the events listed here. Thanks to every single person who has been any part at all of any one – onstage, offstage, audience etc… Theatre and the Arts could not be more important than now and there are already several ELART and other events in the pipeline for the new year, but more warmly welcomed – collaborations, commissions etc… Get in touch, however fledgling the idea. Let’s work together!

All the best for the festive season and beyond.

elaru xx

 

 

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The Dell, Part 2 (some pics and clips)

If you read my first blog about our day in The Dell, you will probably have sensed my enthusiasm and excitement! Here are a selection of pictures and video links, which will hopefully give you a sense of why it was such a great day.

I know I put this image in the last post, but, come on, we're right under the RSC logo - you can't blame me for using it again!

I know I put this image in the last post, but, come on, we’re right under the RSC logo – you can’t blame me for using it again!

Our first (and only!) rehearsal - a speed-run pre-show. Saturday 8th June 10.30am.

Our first (and only!) rehearsal – a speed-run pre-show. Saturday 8th June 10.30am.

A physical warm up: how many actors does it take to put up a gazebo?!

A physical warm up: how many actors does it take to put up a gazebo?!

Action amidst the audience

Action amidst the audience

Lear, Kent and the Fool (with a raging storm from my laptop and mini-speakers!) I love this action shot!

Lear, Kent and the Fool (with a raging storm from my laptop and mini-speakers!) I love this action shot!

Lord Capulet and Juliet.

Lord Capulet and Juliet.

Portia takes charge of the courtroom

Portia takes charge of the courtroom

Two Mechanicals waiting for their turn!

Two Mechanicals waiting for their turn!

Pyramus and Thisbe with "vile Wall".

Pyramus and Thisbe with “vile Wall”.

The cast between shows.

The cast between shows.

The Merchant of Venice (taken from under the tree from where I operated sound effects and music.)

The Merchant of Venice (taken from under the tree from where I operated sound effects and music.)

Team ELART! Mum, my cousin and me.

Team ELART with Pimms! Mum, my cousin and me.

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And here are three short video clips of bits of the show (apologies for some of the rubbish filming – I was ineffectively multi-tasking!). If we are luck enough to go again (or do anything similar), I’d love to film a show properly (volunteer film-makers, please?) Or, preferably perhaps, take a techie and stage manager (Daniel and Mike, if you’re reading this, you’d be first choices!) so I could just film…

There are more videos, but I’m out of time for today. More uploading soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed sharing our amazing day!

elaru xx