Sunday, 28 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Spontaneous and unplanned trip out today, to Leeds Art Gallery. Blah Blah Blah theatre company were performing their Raft of the Medusa. I didn't realise it was a participatory event but enjoyed it anyway. The audience took on the rolls of the artists models and were treated as if they were part of the play. Creating reference poses for the artist Theodore Gericault. It ends with a recreation of the famous painting by the audience, taking on the rolls of the poor bloody wretches left on the raft.
- Interesting Facts: The original painting is huge, approx seven meters long and five meters high.
- The raft was 'thrown' together because there were not enough lifeboats. 147 started out on this raft, after 13 days there were 15 people left.
- It only took two days before madness, 'survival of the fittest' and cannibalism set in.
I had gone to Leeds to also meet friend Jonny, who is inbetween a hectic touring schedule with this... 'This is hell on Earth... I love it' to quote one of Jonny's characters. Strangeface Theatre Company