Monthly Archives: March 2018

Clowning Around: Tweedy Talks Slapstick Symphony

Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony
3-4 April 1pm and 3pm

£7 / £24 family ticket
Best for 5+


 

Can you describe the Slapstick Symphony in 3 words?

No. Ok I’ll try (Ahh that’s three words, can I try again?) Crazy, funny, noisy.Tweedy (2 of 66)

You’ve been a clown for many years, what’s the best thing about your job?

“The best thing about my job is making people laugh and more importantly everybody laugh;  my show caters for the whole family so when I have three generations all laughing that to me is the best thing bringing families together with laughter.”

 ‘The brilliant Tweedy, a circus clown and true genius had the audience crying with laughter.’  –The Sunday Telegraph

You explain in a 2009 interview, you became a Clown because you filled-in for a clown who was stuck in traffic. What advice do you have for aspiring young clowns or comedy theatre actors, these days?Tweedy (12 of 66)

“It’s a lot easier now as when started there was know internet to find out about clowns etc, now there’s lots of workshops you can go to or circus schools but you can only learn so much in a workshop situation the most important thing is to get out in front of an audience and find out what’s funny about you.”

“The most important thing is to get out in front of an audience and find out what’s funny about you.”

Clowns have been getting bad-press lately with the horror film, It hit the theatres, how do you feel about the Clown community and representation in current culture?

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I don’t wear big clown make-up as I take my inspiration more from the likes of Norman Wisdom

“The word clown these days has got very confusing with horror clowns and people believing they can just dress up like a clown and that’s all there is to it. It has almost lost it’s true meaning of an innocent comic character. I don’t wear big clown make-up as I take my inspiration more from the likes of Norman Wisdom;  some people think I maybe shouldn’t use the word clown but that’s what I am and I like to hold onto that in the hope that people will realise what a real clown is like. So many times people come up to me and say I never liked clowns till I saw you (including Ade Edmonson)”

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“A day without laughter is a day wasted” -Charlie Chaplin

Catch Tweedy on stage 10 April,
£7 / £24 family ticket  Best for 5+

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Lewisham Live: Getting to know you, with AYC’s Assistant Artistic Director Omolara Oyeneye

As part of Lewisham Live, the Albany Young Creatives are going to be presenting We Didn’t Start the Fire? an evening of music and dance with acts which raise burning questions of the youth of today. We’ve been talking to the Albany Young Creatives to find out more about themselves and their opinions on identity, today…

Name: Omolara Oyeneye
Age: 17, 18 at the time of the show
Fun fact about you: I can name all the Kings and Queen from William the conqueror to our
current Queen in order.

What is your role on the Young Creatives team?
Assistant Artistic Director

What is your favourite part about it?
I enjoy working with the other producers and getting to see new pieces by Trinity Laban.

 

Lets talk about the topic of the event now, what is identity for you?
Identity for me is how you choose to present yourself to others. You may see yourself a certain
way but Identity is an external thing as that is how people ‘identify’ you.

If you could choose a destination to best describe your identity what destination would be
and why?
Peckham High Street.

Do you think identity is defined by the country you were born in?
I believe that the country you were born in should be a part of your identity but you should not
make being proud and patriotic your entire identity and it may appear like you’re forcing your
nationality in someone else’s face.

How important is identity to you?
Identity is important to me because although I believe in community and unity I strongly believe
that everyone in a group should have their individuality and be allowed to express it.

If you could, would you change your identity? Why?
No, because I’m proud of my Nigerian roots and also my British identity because I feel that I am the
person I am because I have two nationalities and can look at things from two different points of
view.

 

Lewisham Live! We Didn’t Start the Fire?
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Ages 16+.
To book tickets and find out more, click here. 

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Liz Aggis: Slap and Tickle

10 April 1.30pm and 7.30 pm.
Info and booking  here

Born on Nanny Goats Common, Dagenham, Essex, a post war baby, into a repressive era in the suburbs, where parents were truly in charge and children were seen and not heard, Liz Aggiss never had a clue who she was or what she wanted to do, she just knew she would like to be seen and heard. After cantering into the sunset, as soon as was decently possible, she accidentally stumbled into the arts and started moving in a mysterious manner and shouting………rather a lot.

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From her days in the early 80’s supporting punk legends The Stranglers with her visual cabaret troupe The Wild Wigglers, to her classic solo Grotesque Dancer (1986), to her dance/opera duet Falling Apart at the Seams (1994), to her BBC TV award winning dance film Motion Control  (2002), to her Guerrilla Dance interventions (2008), to her unconventional Performance Lecture Survival Tactics  (2010), to her cross disciplinary performance The English Channel (2014), Liz Aggiss has, for the past 40 years, been re(de)fining her own brand of British contemporary dance performance and blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture.

“With the spit of punk and the polish of ballet, Liz Aggiss transformed into a singular provocateur.” -Lorna Irvine Exeunt Magazine

She received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award 1994, an Arts Council Dance Fellowship 2003, is Emeritus Professor in Visual Performance at University of Brighton and has an Hon. Doc. in Interdisciplinary Practice from the University of Gothenburg Sweden and an Hon. Doc. in Dance from the University of Chichester.

Liz Aggiss has been described as: maverick, challenging, anarchic, indomitable uncompromising, dangerous, subversive, fearless, funny, powerfully disturbing yet vulnerable.  Liz Aggiss simply says…..I am Liz Aggiss.

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“Slap and Tickle is a pointed and bawdily funny exploration of what it means to refuse to act your age.” -Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 

 

For more information and to book tickets click here. 

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March 15, 2018 · 4:37 pm

Lewisham Live: Getting to know you, with lighting designer Bernadette Ward!

As part of Lewisham Live, the Albany Young Creatives are going to be presenting We Didn’t Start the Fire? an evening of music and dance with acts which raise burning questions of the youth of today. We’ve been talking to the Albany Young Creatives to find out more about themselves and their opinions on identity…

 

Name: Bernadette Ward
Age: 23
Fun Fact about you: My favourite colour is pink!

Role in Young Creatives team: Lighting Designer
Favourite part about the Young Creatives: Working with a wide variety of people from a range of backgrounds
Works at:  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a production intern

 

  • What identity means to you.
    Identity to me means who you are in relation to society, family and work. We are all different but we are all important and all have valuable skills and ideas which make us who we are.
  • If you could choose a destination to best describe your identity what destination would be and why?
    The destination which best describes me is the village I grew up  – Rustington which is on the South Coast. It is a lovely little village and I have fond memories of growing up there. Its also right next to the sea which is where I used to spend most of summer holidays. I’m quite a calm peaceful person and I feel that growing up in this village helped influence that.
  • Do you think identity is defined by the country you were born in?
    I don’t think it’s defined by the country you were born in but I certainly feel like it has a big impact. If you spent a lot of time in a particular country when you where young you are going to grow up to the rules and social climate of that country, but who you are yourself ultimately defines who you are. As you get older and travel more and meet new people your identity changes, who you are changes and you might no longer be a ‘stereotypical’ person from the country you were born in.
  • How important is identity to you
    Identity is fairly important to me, I am my own person and don’t pretend to be something I’m not. I’m happy to stand out from the crowd and not follow the rule book. I think everyone should be free to be who they are, to dress the way they want and to believe in whatever feels right for them without constant judgement and discrimination. We are all different and all have our own identities.
  • If you could, would you change your identity? Why?
    No I wouldn’t change my identity. I am who I am, why would I want to change that? In a world populated by billons of people it’s important to remain who you are.

 

Lewisham Live! We Didn’t Start the Fire?
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Ages 16+.
To book tickets and find out more, click here. 

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