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Merry Christmas

 From my 6 year old Grandson Sums up Christmas beautifully
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Beacons

Beacons are lit; to celebrate, to warn, to bring messages and comfort. People , places and events too are Beacons. In the dark we are linked by the light we make and the stories we tell from generation to generation spreading to the future and the last story and back to the very first The Patchwork Opera put on a performance at Foxes December ...
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And We Are Young Again

 An exploration of dementia through performance and multimedia art, created using real interviews, medical research, and reimagined Shakespeare. Following our hugely successful projects on anxiety disorders, fibromyalgia and autism, we are finishing our "Living with..." series with our most ambitious project yet! WordForWord is collaborating w...
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FRIERAUM. Carlisle steps up to the plate

It was an event which recognised art, community and communication. Carlisle was chosen and put on (thanks to Aftab and Phil) solid show. To quote Andy Hopkins "In a time when the world seems to be collapsing in on itself, the Freiraum event in Carlisle on 09.12.18 was a huge moment in a small town. To hear poems in Urdu, Greek, Kurdish, Arabic, Ger...
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Frieraum: Art Project links Carlisle to Europe.

​Directed in Carlisle by Phillip Hewitson Poets and writers from the monthly 'SpeakEasy' spoken word event in Carlisle, collaborated with other local writers and artists, to present a live event to showcase Carlisle's 'Sphere ofFreedom'. Writers, poets, musicians, performers, artists, film makers, photographers and others will contribute ...
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Speakeasy FRIERAUM by Jane Moss-Luffrum

  'Freiraum', a European arts project sponsored by the Goethe Institute that took place at the University of Cumbria over the weekend, involving collaboration between Speakeasy in Carlisle and ArtBOX in Thessaloniki. Writers, artists, musicians and film-makers in 38 cities have been taking part, exploring themes of freedom, identity, and overc...
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The last Speakeasy of the year

Bowing out in true rambling  individual fuzzy  poetic beauty the last fruits of the year. Back in January 2019. Images courtesy of Jane Moss-Lufrum
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CALL OUT FOR POETS, SINGERS, WRITERS, ARTISTS AND FILM MAKERS

Beacons are lit; to celebrate, to warn, to bring messages and comfort. People , places and events too are Beacons. In the dark we are linked by the light we make. The Patchwork Opera is putting on a performance at Foxes December 19th. To mark the solstice. The theme is around Beacons. Poems stories, film, paintings any creative act you think may fi...
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SPEAKEASY Tonight

I believe it will float. 
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Remembering Nick (4) Funeral Song by John Chambers

  About 5 years ago I went to this poetry reading at the source. I listened to some poems and read a couple of mine. I became aware of the guy who was running the event. He seemed to be meandering through the evening and organising it by the skin of his teeth. A typical poetry sort of bloke. Except there was something compelling about him. He ...
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Remembering Nick (3) Senses Working Overtime by Nici Reed

  So, my dear old Pembers. We are rehearing tomorrow night but I understand you wont be there. Another pathetic excuse for missing a practice. You wouldn't accept that from your students! What can I add to what has already been said so beautifully about you, the talent, warmth and generosity of spirit. 'Nothing, my Lord'. So, as my heart won't...
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Remembering Nick (2) by Diamond Dave Wonfor

  I imagine by now most of those who knew him have heard about the death of Nick Pemberton. Though I had known about Nick's health troubles in recent years, meaning I had given thought to his mortality for the first time, it has still come as a great, wrenching shock. When someone is so full of life - so *present* in the world - it seems like ...
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Remembering Nick (1) Jane Moss-Luffrum

 I'll miss the love, the reassurance, the support, the craziness, the lofty vagueness, the digression, the heartfelt disagreements, the floating-offness, the pepperiness, the modesty, the larger-than-lifeness, the celebration of lifeness, the master of grieving and hopefulness, of abundance and loss, of the wonders of it all-ness, the spot-on ...
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A Night with the Opera part 2

Ladies and gentlemen, the Patchwork Opera presents.... Footstep 
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A Night with the Opera

Last minute preparations, nerves and adjustments... 
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Promo Videos for Footstep

The first video was part of our unsuccessful bid for Fringe funding but got us interest and a gig at the Old Fire Station. It was filmed before the script was fully written and so contains improvised scenes which fed into the final draft. It also has the first incarnation of Danny played by Tony Mason who set the pace and took the performance ...
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Opera on the Radio

So we got to explain the name and what we do and Ben and Phil read an extract while I noodled behind on my Martin (and kept mostly in tune).  We definitely have faces for the radio... 
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Rehearsal at the Old Fire Station

 Sunday afternoon 12th.  August and Ben Brinicombe steps in to play the role of Danny. Clare temporarily replaces Susan Cartwright-Smith as Sophie and the cast began to develop the space and the dialogue and get to grips with the film. Morgan Thom was around to catch the images beautifully. Click on the main image to scroll thro...
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Foxes Read Through

First outing - still on the page-  for the new Patchwork Opera production  Footstep. Images by Jane Moss-Luffrum
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Actors open the Rogue's Gallery

And eat all the cake.... Actors appearing in the Patchwork fringe production Footstep inaugurate the gallery and leave muddy footprints everywhere.  Ben plays Danny, Jenny plays Sarah, James plays Zeke, Max plays Mark,  Susan plays Sophie and we all play the Old Fire Station on Wednesday 29th. August
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