Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Unplug the unnecessary’: Chill Pill’s Response to Earth Hour

Simon Mole and Mr Gee of Chill Pill created a spoken word response to Earth Hour, which appeared on The Guardian website today. The poem is inspired by news stories about the UN warning over the world’s food supplies and how lights were switched off at famous landmarks in cities around the world for Earth Hour.  Click on the image below to have a watch: 

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Chill Pill will be hosting and performing at Chill Pill: The Big One at the Albany on 24 April. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Resident Organisation of the Month: TV Edwards

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Our featured resident organisation this month is TV Edwards, a law firm dedicated to serving the community and providing excellent legal services to those who need it most.

TV Edwards, LLP was founded in 1929 by a man called Thomas Victor Edwards. Now run by his nephew, Anthony Edwards, TV Edwards has cultivated a national reputation for delivering first-class legal services, innovative IT development, and a strong dedication to the communities it serves.  TV Edwards has recently moved offices to join us here at the Albany, hoping to expand and enhance the delivery of holistic community-based legal advice on the doorstep of Deptford.

We recently spoke with Senior Partner, Anthony Edwards, about TV Edwards’ work and his motivation to serve the community.

What inspired you to go into law?

My first encounter with TV Edwards was when I was 5 years old and came to the office on Saturdays mornings, then located at Aldgate. I used to stamp the forms and then go on to watch football with my father. I came regularly to the office and before I went to university I spent nine months carrying my uncle’s bag around the East End as he went to courts and to see clients. My father was also in the office and with him I got to know the dockers for whom he worked. I became very fond of the East End and its remarkable and changing community.

At university I had a head start over my classmates, even including the first year lecturers as I had experienced the law in reality. When I graduated my father asked if I realised that I did not have to come in to the family firm. I thought he was mad- what else could I possibly want to do? I loved the law and the community of the East End.

In the 70’s we began to talk in terms of objectives and identified that as a firm we were there to meet all the needs of the local community, we were not alone, all over London small firms like JB Wheatley in Deptford (which we later merged with) were doing very much the same.

What case or element of TV Edwards’ work has been most rewarding?

I am often asked about my most interesting case. I find it very difficult to respond. In truth I like acting in hundreds of what may seem like small cases but make all the difference to an individual’s life. Many of the results do, from time to time, reduce me to tears- the High Court judge returning to a mother her child that had been “bought” before birth by a rich lawyer or the defendant treated with great unfairness by the police.

How does TV Edwards work towards the goal of giving back/serving the community?

Although my passion lies within criminal law, we have brought in keen and able lawyers who can provide all the services and skills we needed to a high standard. The recent series of mergers (with other firms) has been in anticipation of changes in contractual arrangements with the government through the reduced Legal Aid schemes. We will continue to help families with difficulties and a range of social welfare issues and the mentally ill. In every case there is a team of specialist lawyers who lead in their field. We spend a lot of time training new generations of lawyers.

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 Megan Bommarito, Marketing Intern, The Albany

 

 

 

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Uncover Music is all set for Amplify!

The Uncover Music Company of young music producers, promoters, DJs and musicians are all set to bring you another evening of eclectic new music with Amplify this Saturday 29 March with doors opening at 8pm.

Produced in collaboration with MC, DJ and producer Chunky, the line-up is sure to excite with Blue Daisy, Micall Parknsun and Planas being just a few of the headlining acts. Last week, the group sat down to record their first ever podcast featuring 90 minutes of everything from soul, reggae to hip hop with guest slots by Chunky and Illum Sphere, check it out:

 

 

Stay tuned this week for more behind-the-scenes coverage of the artists in Amplify.

To find out more about Amplify and to book tickets, click here. The first 50 bookers even win a free mystery vinyl from Deptford Market!

 

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Albany

What makes a theatre special? More specifically, what makes the Albany theatre unique from all the others? We sat down with our Technical Manager, Ben Wallace, to find out. He helped devise a list of all the technical things that make us different, and arguably more interesting than other London theatres and arts centres.

Alexander Wolfe, Live at the Albany

Alexander Wolfe Live at the Albany

1) First off, the shape of our theatre.

Our main theatre is not your average rectangular theatre. It is a 16-sided polygon called a ‘hexadecagon.’ It is more often referred to as a theatre-in-the-round though. All of the theatre spaces and some of the rooms for hire at the Albany are irregular in shape, including our Red Room, Studio and Cafe.

2) Our main theatre has a hugely versatile lighting rig.

With 144 channels of dimming, there are a lot of options for creating the perfect lighting for any show or event taking place in our main theatre.

3) Enormously flexible seating.

Our main theatre has an extremely flexible capacity. It holds up to 550 people standing, 290 people in rows and 200 in cabaret style. There are two levels of seating and the chairs are free-moving and therefore can accommodate any arrangement needed; perfect again for most any type of performance.

The same can also be said of our Red Room and Studio – there is absolutely no fixed seating anywhere at the Albany.

4) The grid, where all the technical magic happens, is located straight above the entire theatre space.

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Circus Bites Back in the theatre

This again offers flexibility and creative freedom for productions to arrange sets in whatever manner needed or desired.

5) Our main theatre can record 48 channels of audio from the stage.

In laymen’s terms, this means we can record music quite well. Speaking of which, English singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe‘s Skeletons was recorded live here, have a listen:

 

Alexander Wolfe recording live

Alexander Wolfe recording live

6) As an added bonus, our theatre bar is actually located inside the theatre on the second level.

Having the bar so close is rather convenient for our audiences who then don’t have to cram themselves down corridors to grab a drink or snack during intervals, however it can be a slight hindrance during performances when bar staff cannot clean up. Oh well… you win some, you lose some.

The current Albany building was rebuilt in 1981 following a fire, making it a 33-year-old Deptford fixture that really takes the local community to heart. All of these unique technical bits allow us to put on a varied and diverse mix of programming for our neighbouring audience, which means Ben and the rest of our technical team never have to do the same thing twice.

We hope you love our vastly flexible and distinctive theatre as much as we do!

Cabaret performance in the cafe.

Cabaret performance in the cafe

For more information on room hires and performance hire, please visit our website.

Allison Gold, Marketing Assistant, The Albany

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