Michele's Blog (4)
Working hard to bring the show together.
Feeling a little overwhelmed.
The responses to the monkey survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CTMVB53 are very powerful and allow me to tell our story too. Thank you!
Trying to find honesty and truth in every word.
As the busy-ness of Summer fades among the shadows start to lengthen, it's great to know that the 'Mother and Daughter' project will be working towards its performance stage during the next month and a half. I've enjoyed swimming in the sea a lot in recent weeks with various friends and family and tots learning for themselves how to jump waves and cope with mouthfuls of refreshing salty water!!!!!!!!
My Mum's been able to join us on many of these occasions and she's enjoyed being by the seaside once again in the latest snap of warm weather.
On Monday I take the lovely drive to Bridport for two weeks of devising, exploring and rehearsing with Director Katherina Radeva, using the material we have all created together at the Lyric Theatre (Niki McCretton). It's not often that I get the chance to indulge my great love for the craft of theatre and have time to interact with other theatre practitioners in this way. It's a great 'value added' to the Arts Council grant that I've been allocated-not a luxury I hasten to add, but an important part in creating quality pieces of Art.
With a deadline of 10 October and its first performance at the Shelley Theatre, Boscombe as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival http://artsbythesea.co.uk/event/mother-and-daughter-im-glad-i-asked-by-associate-artist-michele-obrien/ we will be focused in our creativity, warm ups, technical planning and depictions. And it feels really good (if not a little daunting!) to be in this place, this wonderful space-as we say: "Right here, right now!'
Last night I had the privilege of listening to the first draft of a music piece I have asked my brother Mark O'Brien (professional musician with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) to create. I like the thought of drawing him in to interpret the 'Mother and Daughter' theme with the dear Mum Gina that we share. He had just finished the whirlwind premier at Symphony Hall Birmingham on Friday night with the CBSO's new Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and then her debut appearance at the BBC Prom No.55 (Royal Albert Hall). If you didn't get to hear this you can find it at: http://bbc.in/2bOqwHS he and his partner seemed very animated when they arrived, exhausted, on Sunday and its always great to talk music,art and family late into the night.
Denise Poote will be concentrating on exhibiting material and photographs as well as Twitter and Facebook updates. It's been a great joy to work so closely with Denise and we seem to compliment each others artistry and skills well. She's a great encouragement and very good hugger.
So, there's a lot to do before hitting the road on Monday and where I'm going to have time to pack I'll never know! There's only the small matter of a newly comissioned piece telling tales of Corfe Castle in Norman Times from the National Trust (Saturday/Sunday 3-4 September), we have horse manure to collect and herbs to harvest, costumes to create and a medieval chorus to crack with Colin Phillimore as my sidekick - an aspirant Jongleur-it'll keep our feet firmly on the ground ad in the muck!
I hope to be able to provide regular updates through this Blog so look out for posts and don't forget to book your tickets for 'Mothers and Daughters'!
I am organising workshops where we will open up discussions between mothers and daughters about their lives reflecting on the past and offer an opportunity to have a photographic portrait taken with visual artist Denise Poote.
These recorded discussions and photos will preserve a moment between generations of women, at this point in the 21st Century. This rich resource will be developed into a performance called "I'm Glad I asked" by Michele O'Brien at Shelley Theatre in October as part of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival
I would really love to work with diverse groups to represent all the women and their experiences in Poole. We have organised two workshops already which will be held on:
Wednesday 11th May 2016 at Hamworthy Library at 3-4.30
Friday 13th May 2016 at Rossmore Library 11-12.30
Could I ask please for your help by:
- Asking you to promote these to your community contacts and to your colleagues
- Letting me know if you would like to attend a workshop – if you can bring a Daughter 16+ or a Mother to meet us all the better.
- If you are a community group or know of one and would like to host/organise a workshop with me please contact me on 07977969080 or 01202732270.
Thanks in advance for your help.