It’s been ages since I wrote a piece but it’s been so ridiculously, wonderfully busy that I have literally not had a chance. Those few magical moments of quiet were spent being…well…quiet! The rest of the time was pure energy and utter exhaustion and walking and sunshine and no wellies all August! Truly blessed! Had an amazing time in July travelling round Sri Lanka, visiting the stunning dancer Venuri Perera and her family. Incredible hosts and her father makes the most delicious mango chutney on earth. delicious truly!!!
Then back to Edinburgh, where sadly no performance this year but an amazing job working with Edinburgh Festivals taking delegates from 40 different countries round the city and showing off how lucky we are to live here and have these amazing events happening all year round. Edinburgh is a fantastic place!!!
Saw a ton of shows which was great. These ranged from the Made in Scotland series including the very clever and very sweet Paperbelle and The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean. I did really enjoy it but I think it could have got going slightly quicker. I also loved Angus, Weaver of Grass by Horse and Bamboo theatre company. Brillaint use of puppetry, film and just very well put together, espeically the Gaelic element and singing of Mairi. What else? The Zimbabwe Express was good fun and hugely energetic! I also saw The Girl with no Heart and The Night of the Bog Wind. Again very interesting use of puppetry and thought provoking, enjoyable pieces. Managed to catch some of the South African season with Mama Africa and The Millers Tale, Wahala Dey Oh which Isla was performing in. Chaucer’s tale in a Nigerian setting. Very interesting and Ufuoma was a lovely woman whose determination to bring the show here was incredible. Despite all the odds….she made it! Saw The Stranger from Brazil, A Comic Destiny and I’m sure there were more but it was quite exhausting!!!!
What did you see? Anything that you would recommend for next year or to catch touring? Let me know. Open to odd suggestions too.
Back to Singapore… Managed to get a storytelling slot at Barefoot, the reknowned cafe for performing arts and a hub of activity with a lovely cafe, shop, etc. There was a night celebrating womanhood and raising awareness of domestic violence and other issues affecting women. I was able to tell the story of the kings mirror, a beautiful story that celebrates the most beautiful thing about women and why we should be proud of it. I will have to record that and put it on facebook, or here!
Am also very excited about the up and coming Edinburgh Mela festival where Toto Tales will be performing a shortened version of our show Tyi Wara. It’s on at 13:30 on Saturday and 14:45 on Sunday for those who can make it or who missed it at the Storytelling Centre. Check out the brilliant Leither where we are on the cover:)
What else is happening. We are getting ready with Starbird. the wonderful Fadzai Mwakutuya and Florence Menzies busy squirreling away behind the scenes. This is for the Inspiration festival in Glasgow in October.
Isla is also working more with Chris Dolan, playwright, screenwriter and talented man all round which is very exciting!
We also going down South to the Settle festival in October, the first one we’ve done, so that’s very exciting! See a photo of the festival founder Sita Brand below!
Anyway, that’s just a tiny bit of what’s been happening but hope to be updating more regularly. It’s late so the brain is struggling now. Goodnight and remember to let me know your best bits of the festival xxx