This month we celebrate an incredible festival of arts and culture heading to our country over the next few weeks.
We have an interview with showbiz royalty Griff Rhys Jones OBE who plays in Wimborne and Bridport, while royalty (kind) with Diana, The Untold and Fable Story is at Lighthouse, Poole. Continuing the theme of thin royals, the Palace Theater in Bournemouth reopens with the regional premiere of Jonathan Larson’s multi-award winning musical Rent.
And if you want to see the new work first, then check out the new music by Hugh Grotius, who was the first ever to write music for Dorchester.
In fact, so much art and culture was happening that this month’s section is almost Wagnerian in length. But rest in peace, full of creative goodness that will lift you up to a wonderful month.
I will come soon.
Hugh The Musical (Still Work In Progress) – March 23, Kings Armor, Dorchester, and March 25, The Chapel, Bruton.
This hilarious new show is written by North Dorset-based Joni de Winter and Susan Grant. The musical is said to be a “mainstream” comedy that follows two strong women with busy lives, their friendship and a mysterious letter from someone called Hugo, but can the actors bring it to an unsuspecting audience, while many pitfalls and falling without escaping? books this.
Triple Bill by VERVE, March 31, South West Dance Pavilion.
International touring company VERVE lands at PDSW with a visually striking, highly physical triple bill of new contemporary dance works by choreographer Jamaal Burkmar, Faye Tan and acclaimed Spanish duo KOR’SIA. books this.
Noughts And Cross, March 21-25, Poole Lighthouse.
This proposition-winner, in Malorie Blackman’s book, is the final quality of the high-quality story to come to the Pole. The gripping story of Romeo and Juliet, written by Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, is a gripping tale of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. Rated as one of the UK’s best-loved books, Noughts & Crosses is a true modern classic. books this.
Diana Intended and False Myth, March 25, Poole Lighthouse.
This show was packed with audiences across the country. Combining drama, multimedia, audience interaction, puppetry and a whole lot of glee – this unique celebration of the people’s prince is as hilarious as it is cheesy. Writer and Performer Linus Karp is a comic genius and this production of Inconvenience has been described by London Theater Reviews as ‘the tonic we’ve all played’. books this.
RENT, March 16 – 18, Palace Theatre, Bournemouth.
The first public performance in this gem of a theater in more than 40 years is the return of Jonathan Larson in a paid musical instrument, performed by the AUB & BU Performing Arts Society. This is the first RENTIUM produced in our area and an elite talent venue with its focus on creative bohemian youth. books this.
Griff Rhys Jones OBE.
Comedian, writer, actor, producer and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones OBE is one of the UK’s best-loved creatives. He has gone on tour with his new one-man show, The Cat’s Pajamas, which is coming to both Wimborne and Bridport in the next two months.
What inspires your creative ideas?
Everything and anything really. A constant trawl. You try to keep the fishing nets, but it helps to sit quietly and discuss things for a while, when you know, a useful tool – a dead end on the way. I like to tell stories, and some people run a thousand miles when they see me coming. But a good dinner, great friends, chatter a lot and suddenly some old event or embarrassment becomes a funny thing and everyone laughs and listens to others with pleasure.
Why are arts and culture important to everyone?
I don’t think it’s with a broad brush. I think everyone is different. But some art endeavors have built-in complexity. Great movies make things expensive. I absolutely admire people who risk everything, using private funds, and end up with the work of geniuses as it will be blood. Skills are the process of interacting with other people. Speaking and listening. I don’t expect everyone to share my taste. I am truly grateful when I find a painting, or a work, or a story, or a book that speaks to me. A privilege and an extension to my life experience. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to listen to La Traviata or experience ‘Apocalypse Now’. But note that I wanted something different when I was much younger. We are not universal.
What advice would you give a business to help them be more creative?
Well, don’t be too creative if you’re in business. So many creative inventions waste people’s time. To eat Try and find out what people need. And put yourself in the customers’ shoes. I’m always surprised when I stay in some places and it seems the owner has never been to the hotels themselves.
Who is your creative hero?
Christopher Wrennus for the present.
What piece of work are you most passionate about?
I didn’t really do anything. All work is in progress. I’m proud of the series I did for BBC Two about tribal art. I’m most successful on stage in big productions and very funny parts and I’ve done quite a few from Moliere to Brecht to Ben Travers, which often seem to overwhelm people.
What do we need now?
I’m going to Vietnam to do a series for Channel Four about what makes modern Vietnam tick, and will be on tour with a one-man storytelling and observational show ‘The Cat’s Pajamas’ coming to you soon.
- Griff Rhys Jones will be showing one in Wimborne on May 21 and Bridport on June 8.
Creative tips for business.
If you watched the Oscars last weekend, you saw some great tunes, some corny jokes and lots of people thanking other people in their acceptance speeches. While these show a bit of bizzy, there is research that shows that by actively sharing the belief of creation, we become more confident creators ourselves. How does this work? Firstly, because if we are open to sharing our creative beliefs, we are more likely to collaborate which can strengthen our creative output. But most importantly, when we openly share the faith of the creator, others will see us as a more confident creator, which makes virtuous circles feel more secure.
So the next time you need to present a new idea, project or project why not take a moment to thank the people who helped you with the idea and deliver!
If you want to find out more about the Creative Credit Partner Event check out this episode of the Confidently Creative Podcast on Apple Podcasts this.
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