Quilt Tales One @ The Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow.
Running 26th May – 31st July 2015.
An amazing array of talents on display in this new group. A poet, a knitter, a keen historian, an illustrator, an amateur actor, a prolific writer, a pharmacist and a water colourist… and these are just the talents that have come to the fore so far!
What is so exciting, from a facilitation viewpoint, is that you never know who is going to turn up and what expertise and life experience people are going to bring with them. With this group we have struck gold, with a rich mix of makers willing to share their experiences and committed to making the project a success.
Our muse this week…The Theatre, The Silver Screen and their soundtracks, dah – ling. The topic seemed the obvious choice as our workshops are run in the Green Room of The Paul Robeson Theatre! Everyone either loves a good tune, or has a favourite singer, actor, play, film or storyline so we were on track for plenty of inspiration.
The makers brought in theatre and song ephemera from home and our playhouse surroundings provided plenty of prompts, in the form of theatre signage and props for when we got stage fright and our memories failed us. The latter wasn’t a problem, quite the opposite in fact! This topic opened the flood gates of chat about good times past and fond memories, it was a case of, ‘a little less conversation at little more action please..’ so with our specially compiled, group – selected, playlist playing in the background we got down to work.…. Paul Robeson and Shirley Bassey Keeping it soulful, Beethoven keeping it mellow and moody and Dean & Elvis keeping it real!
Camera, Lights, erm …Action!
We soon discovered that it is one thing to have lots of ideas and memories but thinking how to translate them into an image is another thing entirely. The group talk amongst themselves to get ideas on how to take their memories onto the quilt. Helped by the ever ready and endlessly creative team that are, Polly, Louise, Durkshan lead by Alex McEwan.
Final cuts and works in progress.
The End….Le Fin….Das Ende….
No not really… the show must go on! Stay tuned for more off cuts from the Quilt Tales Project coming to a screen near you soon.