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Pass the spoon nominated for Creative Scotland Theatre Award 2012

Pass the Spoon, the sort-of opera by David Fennessy, David Shrigley and Nicholas Bone, has been nominated for the inaugural Creative Scotland Awards 2012 it has been announced today.  The nomination is for the theatre category, which promises to ‘bring the curtain up on an outstanding individual performance or production which made a significant impact on the stage this year.’

First performed at Tramway, Glasgow in November 2011 to sell out audiences and great acclaim, Pass the Spoon has since been performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at London’s Southbank Centre in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall.  It was also the first live performance to be streamed from the Arts Council England and BBC new digital platform The Space.  The show is available to watch free and on-demand on www.thespace.org.

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A Beginners Guide to Panto - By Mary Brennan

The Herald's performance critic and resident pantomime expert Mary Brennan shares her enthusiasm for that particularly British festive night out:

That man’s a wumman, that wumman’s a fella...
And that’s how it is in Cinderella.

And not just in Cinderella, but in Mother Goose, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and all the other fairy-tales that have been pressed into panto-service ever since theatres realised, as far back as the 18th century, that pantomime was a hugely popular entertainment and a boon to box-office.

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What is the Point of Short Film - by Matt Lloyd

What is the point of short film?


Real, grown-up filmmakers make features, right? Well-crafted narratives with a familiar cast and a dependable 3-act structure, a beginning, a middle and an end, that deliver your money’s worth. 90+ minutes of intelligent, considered, well-paced entertainment. Films that form the backbone of a night out, or the centre-piece of a night in.

Short filmmakers are just starting out, surely? Learning the craft. Or they’re selling products (commercials), music (promos), concepts (video art), or worst of all themselves, in glossy look-what-I-can-do calling-card exercises.

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A Beginners Guide to Performance Art - by Gareth K. Vile

A Beginners Guide to Performance Art by Gareth K. Vile

Do you like a good script, but sometimes long for something more personal and intimate? Are you interested in contemporary performance, but wonder what on earth is going on up there? Have you read the programme, but still aren’t clear about what the show is about? Then worry no more: here’s the eightfold path to performance art enlightenment.
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Musical Sushi by John Harris

I know how you feel. Why would you go to a contemporary music concert? No tunes (or only rarely, and then rather grudgingly). Peculiar, occasionally laughable noises from perfectly normal instruments. Nothing you can tap your foot to. And – probably worst of all – the nagging idea that everyone else in the audience, if there is anyone else in the audience, is coming from somewhere slightly alien. From somewhere where random peeps and parps make sense, and are maybe even found to be enjoyable. I mean, what on earth are they getting out of it?

As I say, I know how you feel. I wasn’t born with the contemporary music gene. And nor was my Mother-in-Law (most definitely not alien), who hated contemporary music when I first knew her. So much so that not so many years ago she would - although supportive to a fault - come to the contemporary music concerts I put on out of a sense of sheer, overwhelming pity.
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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....