Language formed.

Am halfway through “A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing”. Now the first page is enough to think you’ve bought a typo-laden rejected printer’s copy. Not so, for I am used to “Ulysses”, TS Eliot, Shakespeare, Courttia Newland, texting language and other written works in the making. So I blinked to clean my glasses as you do and carried on. Totes maze would have been accepted in 2012 when language and London changed for a while, when the Queen swung through the Stratford air, when art became anything.

I rested for a couple of hours to check some tickets at Eventbrite, some tickets for a show about loving the earth. It  was then time to check out some reviews of the book. I’d read the last pages as I do for all my literature. Some laugh. It’s like this. I’m in it for the structure and the language, the twists and the finale. Stories are astonishing to the extent that I am not going to know them all because some I just can’t bear to know. I know many to the extent that familiarity breeds a little frustration. The story of the half-formed thing is bad enough and has familiar characters such as the “holy Joes” and the chastising battering mother. However it unfolds through language that’s in a mind and not mine so unwittingly I move through the tale, concentrating on who is talking and when, bouncing on weird syntax and safe because I’m in that structure rather than in the mix with some unsavoury characters.

I’d released the book from the edge of my laptop and the line of my bust and was thinking whilst watching the “Broadchurch” trailer and remembering Joy at Words Of Colour and how strict she is regarding the use of language and clichés about all the new words and all the phrases invented by advert-makers and ourselves using old words for new meanings I’ve used comfortably post Olympics . Paralympics itself was a word to use out of respect even though its four syllables threw people and its meaning was upset by PC. Some of the words and phrases have been around a long time usually in Cyberspace or Dalston.

There’s      ” immersive theatre, barista, upcycling, lappie, tablet,  girl can, trending, cloud, streaming, Hijabi, Londonist, craftivist, You’re so money, hipster, artisan-bread, mindfulness, well-being, sustainable, interns, urbanist, food bank, ultra-local, pop-up, gone down, hub, surbunites, outage, Olympicopolis, Smithsonian, engaged,

And then totes amaze on the D&D registry, a playwright used “Hijabi” and an administrator is abandoning the concept of “immersive theatre”.

No condition is permanent.

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Half-term events in Newham and Hackney for seniors

 

     Up Your Street   Issue 42                                                         

Fri 21st Oct.                     Booking begins for the new Hackney Picturehouse
for screenings 
28th Oct -3rd Nov.                   0871 902 5734

Mon 24th Oct  free   6.30- 8pm singing old favourites over the decades

New singing sessions in Theatre Royal Stratford east (TRSE)

Tues 25th October
free
11am in the Downhills Park Community Café, Tottenham (230,
341 bus)  adults
only
Please bring along your old buttons, scraps
of cloth with a needle and thread or £1
and you will be shown how to create your own
attractive brooch.
Tea and coffee can be purchased from the
Lunch club, which serves a delicious lunch at 1pm if you should wish. Iranian
food served.
                         £2.50  2pm Plumtree Centre Leyton Green E10 Tea Dance.
Wed 26th Oct  free   10.30-11.30 am Coffee and cake book reading
group Hackney Central Library. Amis’ “Money”

6.30-8pm     singing at TRSE Hip Hop, R&B

8-9.30pm     “       “ “ show songs and stompers.

Thurs 27th Oct free 4pm High Street Seniors meet at The Round Chapel,

Lower Clapton Rd to walk to the Hackney Museum

for Vannoni’s photographic exhibition  and to meet the photographer re:Africa

                               free   6-15-7.45pm .  CLR James new library at Dalston Junction. A
debate about fashion industry and how black designers

influence fashion. Book with Joy Francis of

“Words of Colour”   joy@thecreativecollective.com

Fri      28th Oct                        Hackney Picturehouse opens.

                           free  4pm Westfield E20. Kim and her Zumba group go public!

Sun 30th Oct     free 1.30pm – 4.30pm St Augustine’s Tower Hackney,

Narroway by Mare Street. Hackney . Calligraphy, lantern-making
and churchyard tour with Hackney Ancestors .

Contact:Emily Jost. Email: emily.jost@hackney.gov.uk

Gillian Lawrence  Up Your Street  http://www.upyourstreet.wordpress.com

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood  Theatre Royal Stratford east.  This afternoon Dec 30th 2010

                    The production actually started on time with a trio of performance arts pigs warming up the holiday audience  with lots of sing- songs, obligatory shouting, clowning around and prompts to shout.  The mood was set.

                     The Wolf   (Michael Bertenshaw) and Granny  (Derek Elroy)  are shocking and delightful . I would have been happy for the pair of them to carry on playing to us mesmerised ones. They look like the grown up actors in a budget sixth form end of year spoof.  With ‘ Glee’  and ‘ X Factor’  and  ‘Britain’s Got Talent’  we are used to wannabees popping up and showing off.  It was a bit like that with the rest of the cast; a solo spot here and a music mic  there.  It also takes confidence and experience to pull in an audience or maybe today’s audience was slow to respond.

The music is fantastic. Elroy’s singing voice is lovely.

             There is much to commend the performance. Often there are excellent choreographed sets with agile actors displaying their craft. The attempt at a pentecostal church gathering  is miserable and lacking joy despite Atkinson’s energy. The costumes are interesting. The lighting and effects are superb. At one crucial point the Wolf takes on King Kong’s scale. The children in the audience hide under scarves and coats. Here we have a taste of the true darkness of fairy tales. Short-lived because what follows next is a waste of time.

               After the interval Red Riding Hood meets Alien, meets Dr Who, seemingly meets Arts Grant funding criteria, maybe,  where demonstrating the internal goings- on of a Big Bad Wolf’s stomach is deemed educational and worthy.  Who knows what the paying audience made of it?  Where’s the axe whan you need it?

               Overall it is a great afternoon show.  Recommended. Something to look at, something to be puzzled about, a challenge to follow as the deviation from the path takes us into the variation on a tale. Bravo to Chloe and her red hood to die for. Perfect in his acting Marcus Ellard is on his way up. There are special offers on tickets at the moment. Open Stage 2012  volunteers are there to meet you and invite you to prepare next year’s pantomime.  And recognising all the extra characters who hide behind doors and trees like squirrel and baby owl I applaud the blatantly obvious Beyonce-inspired foxy dancer who is unable to steal this particular show. Very very watchable.

                    I never knew until today that the panto is described in places other than Stratford as “the black Red Riding Hood”. White Narnia’s on over the road.

Just want to thank Corinne at Stratford management and Joy at Words of Colour. Never had the best seat in the house ever!