Thanks Knockengorroch World Ceilidh for hosting us again this year! We met wonderful people in our audiences at the screening of Chinterviews (a surreal short filmed in the caravan theatre at last year's World Ceilidh, watch the film here ) and the performances of Up North over four brilliant days of sunshine.
Emma was Knockengorroch's Featured Artist this year, she made various illustrated images for the festival and her visual art was on sale in the knock shop - launching a new poetry pamphlet to accompany her Swallow The Sea show "Up North". Titled "Steak and Onions and Stories of Svalbard" it's the last poem in the show and includes images from the piece. The pamphlets will also be on sale at future shows for £5 each.
FIVE DAYS OF TLC
Post-Winter TLC, we gave the caravan an overhaul on all its seals, making sure it's all set for the upcoming season of shows in Scotland.
Here we are tired and happy, happy and tired after 8 late nights at Edinburgh Fringe, estimated 350 folk through our door, that's a fair few shows when you seat up to 6 at a time, THANK YOU EVERYONE who shared in the feasting of folk art...what a treat to share "Up North" and "Home Sweet Home" with you in our tiny mobile theatre!
Ras Babi Babiker interviewing Jess on her audio installation "Home Sweet Home"
Teaser trailer for Emma's "Up North" filmed by Debasers Filums www.debasers.co.uk
FIND US AT THE FORGE, FOUNTAINBRIDGE (viewforth/dundee st. EH11 1AB) ON SUNDAY 13th AUGUST - AS PART OF THEIR "BABY PIANODROME SHOWER"
A miniature version of the Pianodrome has been growing at the Forge, Fountainbridge and it is almost ready to meet you. It's an open circular social and musical space for all to enjoy at any time. This Sunday its inauguration will include performances by Will Pickvance and Dave House, possible singing performances and a reading of a new play by Uma Drragon. We finish with a fire and jam from 11pm – all welcome to join with voices and acoustic instruments.
WE'LL BE SHARING
AUDIO FROM "HOME SWEET HOME" INSIDE THE PIANODROME AT 6.30PM
AND "UP NORTH" INSIDE A SHIPPING CONTAINER BETWEEN 7PM&8PM.
Gorgeous weekend in Dumfries and Galloway at the Scottish Permaculture Weekend (https://scotland.permaculture.org.uk/) where there was a brilliant array of workshops and discussions, we loved meeting the Gypsy Cob and Corlais horse loggers, weaving woolen rugs and dancing under the stars to Samson Sounds - thanks everyone who organised and attended!
The caravan hosted two performances, our audio installation "Home Sweet Home" and the premier of "Up North" - poems, song and shadow spills for the cardinal compass point, here's what folk had to say about the shows...
HOME SWEET HOME
"A beautiful mix of sound and comfort. I could easily make the caravan "my home" "
"Very absorbing, the voices told a really interesting story...loved the musical background vocals and the whole atmosphere of the caravan, very moving considering how fractured and impermanent a lot of peoples homes now are"
"Lovely dreamy soundscape and impressions of home. Beautifully presented in an interesting space"
"It felt like being a child again - in a positive and open way - ready to learn and absorb - beautiful and lovely. I've never seen anything like it"
"The performance was very inspiring and wonderful. The approach of such gentle mediums to deal with events and happenings in our natural world was a breath of fresh air.
We'd love to cross paths again"
"A little lantern in dark times, thank you so much for being and presenting this to us, I'm so glad to have experienced this"
"The colours and collage and music transported me to a watery dreamscape. Thank you for this total imagination immersion!"
"I love the delicacy of the colours, the cut out shapes evoking sea memories, the sounds. I found this show really magical, serious and light all at the same time"
Dearest friends of Swallow The Sea,
We are full of glee after a wonderful first outing with the caravan, to Knockengorroch Festival in South West Scotland, where we were met with a warm, warm welcome.
Thanks to EVERY ONE of you for helping to make this happen!!
We had two shows to share, with some more up our sleeves for the future.
'Home Sweet Home':
“A transformative home-coming experience. The banal becomes extraordinary, every day domesticity a universal expression of individual perception. Sensitively put together; one doesn't want to leave the installation.”
“Wonderful surreal experience. Should be a part of all festivals!”
Watch this space for a wee film of Chinterviews.
Next stop, the Scottish Permaculture Gathering, taking place at The Hidden Mill,
Dumfries and Galloway. 30th June-2nd July 2017
DOOR OPEN DREAMING IN OUR OPEN STAGE
Propped in photos mid-varnish
It opens all the way up and closes all the way down and is ever so robust in transit! With help from Tim Vincent Smith's absurdist/carpenter head and hands
and the sliding bevel ( B E S T T O O L E V E R )
Ash Box Frame fitted today!
Timber from the lovely folk at Scottish Wood, Fife.
Turned legs finely crafted by dear pal, Mark Vrionides at The Forge, Community Workshop Fountainbridge!