Hope Street Fest

After a busy weekend working the open day at Edge Hill (Thank you to everyone who showed up in the rain) and celebrating my 21st birthday. Monday morning felt like ten rounds with Tyson.

The morning at Hope Street started with the beginning of the  research and development for the Street Theatre Performance  taking place on the 16th September 2012 as part of the annual Hope Street Feast.

The project will be based on the lost games of Liverpool, linking closley in hand with the olympics. The Performance will celebrate the surreal, ‘daft’ and bring out the fun in competition. As a example the games we devised today …. Stiletto female tennis doubles, flipper football and a rather granduer 3 legged race including opening ceremony.

To give you an idea of what the festival is about. Here is what they achieved last year.

Wealth & Hellbeing at the Hope Street Feast 2010

Olympic Torch Passes Through Liverpool

Friday was surreal to say the least. I arrived at Hope Street in the morning to visit a disused warehouse full of props and stage pieces  (we are hoping to grab some bits and bobs from here for upcoming projects)

On our return i was introduced to the wardrobe. As a mild sufferer of OCD …the wardrobe could only be described as a living nightmare. I am looking forward to spending two full days organising and labelling.

Then at 4 i met up with Jim Hendley http://www.culture-scruff.co.uk/ to climb inside a Beatles puppet with the Hope Street Team. As much i was willing to do so unfortunately I was too small to fit inside one. To anyone who was in Liverpool when the torch was passing around half 5 we where up near the Anglican cathedral. Photos coming soon!

Design and Visual Exhibition

A mad few days for us all. A set up, launch party and private view …excessive cakes and few too many glasses of wine. Thanks to everyone who helped and came along to show their support. I couldn’t have done it without you!

The exhibition is still running until Friday! so if you can make it down to Edge Hill we are in Hale Memorial Hall just on the way through to the Hub. ( you can’t miss it!)

Heres a few cheeky snaps i took today. Its well worth the trip.

Dissertation Doomsday

The past week ive been at Open Skies Gallery in Southport with ‘TITS, WOMB,MONITORS and para-SITES :The Instability of Flesh’  on Market Street.

An interesting week to say the least … a few strange residents … but some really positive feedback from others. Thank you to everyone came, here are a few pics…

We’ve only gone and done it…

Last week myself and good friend Jim Hendley went for an interview in Liverpool for the post of ‘Hope Street Festival Emerging Artist.’


The full time programme gives opportunities for budding artists in all fields of performance to work with the worlds leading. Hope street encourages pushing the boundaries with site-specific performance to create innovative work.

After a nail biting two days wait we received the email that would decide our fate for the next 6 months. Jim is now Creative Director on the programme and have been given the position of Designer.

In the midst of a dissertation project , it all seems to be happening at once!

The position begins June 11, we will be working on a number of performances . A site specific piece inspired by Monet, Turner, Trombly exhibition in collaboration with the  Tate. ‘Innovasion 2’, in partnership with Liverpool Biennial, taking place in Everton and a mini- Olympics as part of the hope street festival.

The programme is intended to give key skills to apply yourself professionally. It has certainly given me a bit more confidence in myself. The idea of the 9-5 in Bury was just not an option.

So in a month or so time, its time to find a place to live in liverpool!

The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned


Julia Griffin senior lecturer in Dance and Performance at Edge Hill University performs This week on Thursday 19th April at 8pm at Victoria Baths in Manchester.



The performance collaborates with Karen Lauke ( Senior Lecturer Music, Sound, Performance) and Helen Newall ( Reader in Performing arts) Exploring liminal places between breathing water and air in a live , mediated visual performance.

Performance Lecturers at Edge Hill University all have experience of working in the field in various branches. Many are still practising today. ‘The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned‘ is a unique opportunity to take a look at some of the work that potentially be produced with a performance degree from Edge Hill. Despite the negativity that too often surrounds a degree in the arts.

Myself, Ian Jones and Jim Hendley will be helping with the performance on Thursday at the baths

Here is the link to book your tickets.




Head’s buried in books

Over the past few weeks i feel like my face has been permanently glued to the inside pages of a book. I’ve never really enjoyed reading so writing a 3,500 research paper based on what you read in books is nothing short of procrastinating nightmare. However its done! and submitted today …hurrah!  Being on a design course most of the work is practical based and its very rare that our work involves writing (most of it is presented as designs which equivilate to a large amount of text.)  As its our final year it seems like dissertations are hanging over us like a bad smell.

Despite this negativity, the dissertation is as much about learning about other practicioners as it is about learning about yourself. It divided into three sections which are ongoing with any other modules you may be taking in your final year. The first is a reserach paper, in which i have explored the contemporary world of installation art and raised the issue of defining kistch in contemporary art. This research paper will then translate into a manifesto ( your own personal practice ) and then a project proposal, where you create a piece of performance or deisgn based on your own beliefs on what design for performance is in a contemporary world.

Now this all sounds a bit daunting , mind boggling if you don’t even know what a dissertation is . But i assure you (and myself while i read the horrific amount of notes scattered on my bed) That it is all worth it.  This is the most important thing i will ever at university. It will require my devoted attention, no excessive nights out and embracing every precious day at 9am ( the body clock flew away over Christmas) All efforts to be rewarded with a cheeky Ibiza trip in June! (The one and only thing keeping me going)

Second Year Site-Specific

In the final week leading up to Christmas we where invited by second year Design for Performance student Christine Hatton to a site specific performance. The production formed part of the  Site specific module assessment. In which theatre is taken out of the conventions of the stage and released into environments which both influence and inform the direction of the piece.  Site specific theatre exposes audience to the elements ,smells and presence that  once inhabited spaces have. In this case we were guided around Edge hill University as enrolling students, soon to under take our journeys through higher education. The piece told a love story of a couple that first met on the stairs in the Lady Margaret building back in the 1940’s when the University was functioning as a hospital ward. Apples, books, boys, exams and graduating. The second years truly revealed the hidden stories that lay within the walls of the university. Here are a few photos i took from the show. Enjoy!

The Convicts Opera

Tonight I went to see a third year production in the Studio Theatre on campus directed by Bill Hopkinson.  The set and costume was design by my friend Josefine Larsen. I know how hard she has been working on them by the state the design studio has been in for the past few weeks!. The show was a storming success…but did run for three hours. Numb bottoms all round. Congratulations to everyone involved!

There has been some photos taken of the dress rehearsal and i will get them up ASAP.

Die Praxis Der Libre

An amazing dance piece took place last night in the Manchester Victorian Baths. The production was a collaboration of third year dance and drama students, Julia Griffin and VOIDANCE Company. A spectacular final production for the dance students, emotive and visually stunning. (See E Flyer for Details.)

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