Members round up: January 2012
Oleta Adams once warbled, “I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can”. When you look at the different routes our wonderful members are taking towards creative success, her words seem rather wise. Here's our latest members round up…
‘Would you pay to kiss this guy?’ asks filmmaker Gemma Holdway in an award-winning short (pictured above) designed for Fairtrade chocolatier, Divine. Capturing all the vibrancy of central London, the sweet little film is, in Holdway’s words, “a comedy about the battle between chocolate and kissing”. Which would you choose?
This week, Max was featured by the Guardian as one of the next generation of Young British Artists. He told the paper, "At art school I was always telling everyone else that no one would be a successful artist”. Fortunately, he didn’t completely put himself off and has since created a number of innovative performance pieces exploring social media.
Last year, IdeasTap gave Daniel Kok's theatre company, Bootworks Theatre, a bit of money to support his show, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, at the Edinburgh Fringe. Performed around a Punch & Judy style booth, the five-minute piece sees puppet-like actors and actor-like puppets deliver an exclusive inside-out show for children and adults alike. Missed it at Edinburgh? Bootworks will be at the Southbank Centre this February.
O Brave New World, Felix Mortimer’s immersive new retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, begins the moment you buy your ticket. Not content with simply handing out paper tickets, Felix has designed a passport that admits his audience members into a series of shows that will run from February to July in locations around Hackney, London.
Actor/writer Eugene Osei impressed us so much with his winning pitch for our Innovators Brief last Summer, we just had to invite him to judge our newest batch of entries. A member of the Albany Young Theatre Company and a keen blogger, Eugene inspires us with his passion for performance and limitless ambition. For Eugene, the sky is not the limit; instead, he urges us all to “Aim for something that cannot be seen, the impossible. With hard work anything can be achieved and become a reality.”
... and while we’re talking about our excellent IdeasFund judges, Cecily Hamilton-Baillie is certainly worth a mention. Hamilton-Baillie won Innovators January 2011 when she announced she was going to use her very own design company, Frinton Press, to bring together artists and produce bold new designs. Check out her blog for designs so lush I finally understand why Granny used to iron and recycle old wrapping paper.
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