'Curtain up' on Quilt Tales One

 

A collaged lyric panel. La Mer by Charles Trenet.
A collaged lyric panel

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!

Inspirational Props..

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.

Take two..

Sharing memories from theatre trips.
Sharing memories from theatre trips.
Louise & Thelma talk through a song lyric memory.
Louise & Thelma talk through a song lyric memory and how best to realise it for the quilt.

Final cuts and works in progress.

A drawing of Graham's favourite pantomime memory; Cinderella. Fabric pen on fabric.
A drawing of Graham’s favourite pantomime memory; Cinderella. Fabric pen on fabric.
'Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.' W have a HUGE Elvis fan in our midst.
‘Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.’
We have a HUGE Elvis fan in our midst.
A collaged lyric panel. La Mer by Charles Trenet.
A collaged lyric panel;La Mer by Charles Trenet.
Beauty & The Beast Collage
Beauty & The Beast Collage

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Alex McEwan

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

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