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It’s coming this Spring – A new edition of the Shakespearience

Our very successful Shakespeare event – the Shakespearience – returns to the theatre this Spring.

The new production has just entered rehearsal and promises to be very exciting.

It is the ideal introduction to Shakespeare and to live theatre in general for schools groups aged between 9 & 14.

Why not get in touch with us today to reserve seats for your school. The theatre holds 170 so you can book any size of group from 1 class to the whole theatre.

The production company is made up entirely of professional actors and musicians. Here’s a list of who is involved:

Will Henry as Henry V
Caro Breton as Mistress Quickly
Grant Shepherd as Henry IV
Debbie Bird as Mistress Page
Anna Ray as Mistress Ford
Angharad Price as Doll Tearsheet and others
Evangeline Briazza as Morton, a Fairy and Warwick
Ashley Lloyd Shaw as Poins and others
Jasper Jarman-Norris as a Page, a Boy and others
Kathleen Ross the Musical Director, and on cello.
Rebecca Waite on trumpet
Louise Kleboe on vocals
Will Summers on wind instruments
Stuart Morrell on mandolin
Richard Evans – Director and playing Sir John Falstaff
Darren Hirst – producer, director and playing the Narrator, Claudius and Puck

 

The production will begin to play on the 15th of May and there will be two performances each day which will take place during school hours. More information to follow soon.

Go Forth with The Shakespearience

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At Ravenscourt Arts we have a tradition of producing quality Shakespearean theatre for young people between the ages of 9 & 14.

This tradition will continue in the Spring of 2017 with the launch of “Go Forth With the Shakespearience”. This production is a never before seen medley of scenes from great Shakespeare plays including:

Henry  IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 2

Henry V

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Hamlet

& A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed once more by Richard Evans and Darren Hirst, the production will be a lively experience for young people, full of colour and action and presented in the original language of the plays.

The show will explore great themes of war and peace, love and hate, trust and betrayal, honour and glory.dsc07378

We’ll keep you informed as the production comes together. Actors and musicians should watch out in the usual places for adverts as we will be inviting for audition soon.

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Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival 6th – 11th June

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It was the Dutch theologian, Hans Rookmaaker, who published a book called “Art Needs No Justification” a few decades ago with the notion that as human beings we are designed to create because we are created by a personal God who is a Creator and who made us in his image.
And ever since humans started sketching hunting scenes on the walls of caves, design, art and creativity has been part of what it is to be alive. In the last few centuries, the church has ceased to be at the centre of creative movements which seems to me to be a shame.
So when our church-based theatre space “Ravenscourt Arts” was invited to be part of the annual Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival, we set for ourselves a few criteria and then agreed to be involved.

Criteria? Well, we wanted a range of artistic types – some music, some film, some painting and so forth. We wanted artists who were known outside of Hammersmith which would bring in people because of their reputations. We wanted some local people that we could give first exposure to their work. We wanted some artists who were Christians. And, finally, we wanted the whole process to be educational and thought provoking and to involve some of the local schools that we have been building strong bridges with over the last few years.

We managed to tick all those boxes.

It wasn’t without complications with some artists that we’d initially hoped to involve having to be left out as their ideas proved very different from ours but ultimately it all came together.

John Foxx, a gifted artist and musician whose work is currently the centre piece of an exhibition in Australia, agreed that we could use his film, Cathedral Oceans.

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Serafina Steer (classical harpist and contemporary musician) gave us a short conceptual film of one of her songs and agreed to perform on harp on the Saturday night. She asked us to try and get Liam Byrne (who performs on a mediaeval instrument called a viola da gamba) to also appear in the Saturday concert and Liam came on board too.

 

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Local artists, Pat Carey-Willis and Suzanne Yaghsizian agreed to have some of their best work exhibited and to allow us to talk about the way that their Christian faith had inspired them to take to brush and easel.

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And then using music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and a painting by Sam Francis which was inspired by Brubeck’s music, we involved six schools in creating 6 mosaics which were re-imaginings of Mr Francis’ work.

We called the whole exhibition “Mosaics”, inspired by the schools’ project but also carrying the notion that when artists come together as a community, they are stronger than when they’re alone.

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Chris and Darren hosted the exhibition which was open each week day for 7 hours and also undertook educational tours which allowed visiting groups to learn about the artists who were exhibiting, their inspirations and the nature of their work.

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The Saturday concert was a highlight, if poorly attended. Circumstances meant that England’s opening game of the European Championships was one of the things drawing peoples’ attention elsewhere (as well as several other concerts) but most of those who came were fascinated by the quality of the music as Ms Steer and Mr Byrne performed as well as an opportunity to see the multimedia work of Mr Foxx.

So overall I think we can call “Mosaics” a success. Will we be involved in the Festival next year? I think that will depend on the opportunity to do something very different again. The schools seemed to love their involvement and if there was opportunity to do something equally unique, we’re not ruling it out.

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Serafina Steer – 11th June 2016

It was the Dutch theologian, Hans Rookmaaker, who published a book called “Art Needs No Justification” a few decades ago with the notion that as human beings we are designed to create because we are created by a personal God who is a Creator and who made us in his image.
And ever since humans started sketching hunting scenes on the walls of caves, design, art and creativity has been part of what it is to be alive. In the last few centuries, the church has ceased to be at the centre of creative movements which seems to me to be a shame.
So when our church-based theatre space “Ravenscourt Arts” was invited to be part of the annual Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival, we set for ourselves a few criteria and then agreed to be involved.

Criteria? Well, we wanted a range of artistic types – some music, some film, some painting and so forth. We wanted artists who were known outside of Hammersmith which would bring in people because of their reputations. We wanted some local people that we could give first exposure to their work. We wanted some artists who were Christians. And, finally, we wanted the whole process to be educational and thought provoking and to involve some of the local schools that we have been building strong bridges with over the last few years.

We managed to tick all those boxes.

It wasn’t without complications with some artists that we’d initially hoped to involve having to be left out as their ideas proved very different from ours but ultimately it all came together.

John Foxx, a gifted artist and musician whose work is currently the centre piece of an exhibition in Australia, agreed that we could use his film, Cathedral Oceans.

Serafina Steer (classical harpist and contemporary musician) gave us a short conceptual film of one of her songs and agreed to perform on harp on the Saturday night. She asked us to try and get Liam Byrne (who performs on a mediaeval instrument called a viola da gamba) to also appear in the Saturday concert and Liam came on board too.

Local artists, Pat Carey-Willis and Suzanne Yaghsizian agreed to have some of their best work exhibited and to allow us to talk about the way that their Christian faith had inspired them to take to brush and easel.

And then using music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and a painting by Sam Francis which was inspired by Brubeck’s music, we involved six schools in creating 6 mosaics which were re-imaginings of Mr Francis’ work.

We called the whole exhibition “Mosaics”, inspired by the schools’ project but also carrying the notion that when artists come together as a community, they are stronger than when they’re alone.

Chris and Darren hosted the exhibition which was open each week day for 7 hours and also undertook educational tours which allowed visiting groups to learn about the artists who were exhibiting, their inspirations and the nature of their work.

The Saturday concert was a highlight, if poorly attended. Circumstances meant that England’s opening game of the European Championships was one of the things drawing peoples’ attention elsewhere (as well as several other concerts) but most of those who came

were fascinated by the quality of the music as Ms Steer and Mr Byrne performed as well as an opportunity to see the multimedia work of Mr Foxx.

So overall I think we can call “Mosaics” a success. Will we be involved in the Festival next year? I think that will depend on the opportunity to do something very different again. The schools seemed to love their involvement and if there was opportunity to do something equally unique, we’re not ruling it out.

Chris and Darren hosted the exhibition which was open each week day for 7 hours and also undertook educational tours which allowed visiting groups to learn about the artists who were exhibiting, their inspirations and the nature of their work.

The Saturday concert was a highlight, if poorly attended. Circumstances meant that England’s opening game of the European Championships was one of the things drawing peoples’ attention elsewhere (as well as several other concerts) but most of those who came

John Foxx’s Cathedral Oceans 6th to 11th June in HD

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It was the Dutch theologian, Hans Rookmaaker, who published a book called “Art Needs No Justification” a few decades ago with the notion that as human beings we are designed to create because we are created by a personal God who is a Creator and who made us in his image.
And ever since humans started sketching hunting scenes on the walls of caves, design, art and creativity has been part of what it is to be alive. In the last few centuries, the church has ceased to be at the centre of creative movements which seems to me to be a shame.
So when our church-based theatre space “Ravenscourt Arts” was invited to be part of the annual Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival, we set for ourselves a few criteria and then agreed to be involved.

Criteria? Well, we wanted a range of artistic types – some music, some film, some painting and so forth. We wanted artists who were known outside of Hammersmith which would bring in people because of their reputations. We wanted some local people that we could give first exposure to their work. We wanted some artists who were Christians. And, finally, we wanted the whole process to be educational and thought provoking and to involve some of the local schools that we have been building strong bridges with over the last few years.

We managed to tick all those boxes.

It wasn’t without complications with some artists that we’d initially hoped to involve having to be left out as their ideas proved very different from ours but ultimately it all came together.

John Foxx, a gifted artist and musician whose work is currently the centre piece of an exhibition in Australia, agreed that we could use his film, Cathedral Oceans.

Serafina Steer (classical harpist and contemporary musician) gave us a short conceptual film of one of her songs and agreed to perform on harp on the Saturday night. She asked us to try and get Liam Byrne (who performs on a mediaeval instrument called a viola da gamba) to also appear in the Saturday concert and Liam came on board too.

Local artists, Pat Carey-Willis and Suzanne Yaghsizian agreed to have some of their best work exhibited and to allow us to talk about the way that their Christian faith had inspired them to take to brush and easel.

And then using music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and a painting by Sam Francis which was inspired by Brubeck’s music, we involved six schools in creating 6 mosaics which were re-imaginings of Mr Francis’ work.

We called the whole exhibition “Mosaics”, inspired by the schools’ project but also carrying the notion that when artists come together as a community, they are stronger than when they’re alone.

Chris and Darren hosted the exhibition which was open each week day for 7 hours and also undertook educational tours which allowed visiting groups to learn about the artists who were exhibiting, their inspirations and the nature of their work.

The Saturday concert was a highlight, if poorly attended. Circumstances meant that England’s opening game of the European Championships was one of the things drawing peoples’ attention elsewhere (as well as several other concerts) but most of those who came were fascinated by the quality of the music as Ms Steer and Mr Byrne performed as well as an opportunity to see the multimedia work of Mr Foxx.

So overall I think we can call “Mosaics” a success. Will we be involved in the Festival next year? I think that will depend on the opportunity to do something very different again. The schools seemed to love their involvement and if there was opportunity to do something equally unique, we’re not ruling it out.

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Liam Byrne – 11th June 2016

 

 

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It was the Dutch theologian, Hans Rookmaaker, who published a book called “Art Needs No Justification” a few decades ago with the notion that as human beings we are designed to create because we are created by a personal God who is a Creator and who made us in his image.
And ever since humans started sketching hunting scenes on the walls of caves, design, art and creativity has been part of what it is to be alive. In the last few centuries, the church has ceased to be at the centre of creative movements which seems to me to be a shame.
So when our church-based theatre space “Ravenscourt Arts” was invited to be part of the annual Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival, we set for ourselves a few criteria and then agreed to be involved.

Criteria? Well, we wanted a range of artistic types – some music, some film, some painting and so forth. We wanted artists who were known outside of Hammersmith which would bring in people because of their reputations. We wanted some local people that we could give first exposure to their work. We wanted some artists who were Christians. And, finally, we wanted the whole process to be educational and thought provoking and to involve some of the local schools that we have been building strong bridges with over the last few years.

We managed to tick all those boxes.

It wasn’t without complications with some artists that we’d initially hoped to involve having to be left out as their ideas proved very different from ours but ultimately it all came together.

John Foxx, a gifted artist and musician whose work is currently the centre piece of an exhibition in Australia, agreed that we could use his film, Cathedral Oceans.

Serafina Steer (classical harpist and contemporary musician) gave us a short conceptual film of one of her songs and agreed to perform on harp on the Saturday night. She asked us to try and get Liam Byrne (who performs on a mediaeval instrument called a viola da gamba) to also appear in the Saturday concert and Liam came on board too.

Local artists, Pat Carey-Willis and Suzanne Yaghsizian agreed to have some of their best work exhibited and to allow us to talk about the way that their Christian faith had inspired them to take to brush and easel.

And then using music by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and a painting by Sam Francis which was inspired by Brubeck’s music, we involved six schools in creating 6 mosaics which were re-imaginings of Mr Francis’ work.

We called the whole exhibition “Mosaics”, inspired by the schools’ project but also carrying the notion that when artists come together as a community, they are stronger than when they’re alone.

Chris and Darren hosted the exhibition which was open each week day for 7 hours and also undertook educational tours which allowed visiting groups to learn about the artists who were exhibiting, their inspirations and the nature of their work.

The Saturday concert was a highlight, if poorly attended. Circumstances meant that England’s opening game of the European Championships was one of the things drawing peoples’ attention elsewhere (as well as several other concerts) but most of those who came were fascinated by the quality of the music as Ms Steer and Mr Byrne performed as well as an opportunity to see the multimedia work of Mr Foxx.

So overall I think we can call “Mosaics” a success. Will we be involved in the Festival next year? I think that will depend on the opportunity to do something very different again. The schools seemed to love their involvement and if there was opportunity to do something equally unique, we’re not ruling it out.

 

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