Posts tagged ‘Ian Watson’

June 10, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 10

Still June, and it’s been a busy in and out-of-town week for my clients and for me.

I was at the OCAF Provincial Roundtable in Kingston this week – very cool being in a room of artists and arts organizations and listen to them talk about the issues, challenges and trends they are facing that are the same or different from the ones we face in a more urban setting.

And a reminder that the Edward Bond Festival starts this week – some really great readings, workshops, performances and discussions. Still a couple of spaces left for artists in the Ian Watson workshop – click here to get all registered up! And I’m really looking forward to the Symposium next weekend – you’ll want to get yourself a seat because Edward Bond himself is there, in conversation with Chris Cooper, Artistic Director of Big Brum Theatre.

I was also at a rehearsal for Bound to Create‘s Dirty Butterfly – working with them on this truly intense piece for the Fringe this year. Wander over to their Facebook page and take a look – we’ve just hit publish so stay tuned for more info!

Speaking of Fringe – it’s that time of year again – the Fringe Fundraiser! Join Fringe supporter David Mirvish for some Good Ol’ Honest Fun in support of the Toronto Fringe! Where? the Honest Ed’s Mens Wear Department, of course! When you get to the  Fringe website, click “Buy tickets and Donate” to purchase a ticket to our Rootin’ Tootin’ Fundraiser!

Here’s what else was going on:

Fringe Marketing – Meet Your Future – super excited to work with this fantastic group of up and coming entrepreneurs.

The Doras,  Show Trailers,  Facebook Pages and More

(do not) Click All The Likes

I’ve been mulling a bit lately on the purpose of this blog. It originally started as a simple traffic driver for a new website, a way to bump the site up in the Google listings and keep the content fresh. It’s just over a year later, traffic is good, tweets and retweets and reposts happen.  Even more importantly to me, people talk to me about it in person.

Many people say they like it, many people don’t even know it exists.  Some say it’s a  professional  blog, some say it’s only personal.

(Of course not to forget there are tons of blogs out there that people like or don’t like, know exist or have never heard of, heck there are people out there who I’ve never heard of or who have never heard of me. Always the danger of solipsism in a blog, I suppose. Life is always bigger than you think).

I like writing it, it’s become a way to see for myself what’s going on, what’s important in our arts and culture community, do a bit of client promo, and cheer on causes like the library and ArtsVote.

I think I will do some tweaking this month – not a website redesign or anything, but look over my stats, and see where it stands as a useful tool. I might be asking some of the folks I know about their blogs, where they stand in the blog world, and the wheres and the whys of it all. Stay tuned. (Not breathlessly, it’s going to take a little while. Please go about your business.)

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Enjoy your Sunday!

May 30, 2012

Scriptease and a PSA re Edward Bond and Artists

The past two days have been all about funding apps and funding sources and cash flow and it’s been a very – numbery – 48 hours.

For a break I went to see National Theatre of The World’s Scriptease! NTOTW are three of the best comedian/improvisers I know – Naomi , Ron and Matt. The premise behind Scriptease is that they’ve gotten several well known playwrights to pen the first two pages of a script – they cold read those pages and improvise the rest of the show. Last night Michael Healey was on deck as playwright, and we were treated to a play called “Report”, featuring Lena a bureaucrat, Steve the CIA agent and Oleg, the Minister of the Interior of Khazakstan. A great time – they’re running all week with more plays and wrights so you should definitely check it out.

It’s in the Backspace at Passe Muraille, so seating is limited. If you call to find out if there are tickets still available, just buy them when you’re on the phone, instead of being like crabby guy last night who apparently called in the afternoon and had a fit when he got there last night and it was sold out. That’s how it works in theatre, folks.  In fact, I think that’s how it works in capitalism.

The Edward Bond Festival has a great event for artists to take part in  – two great events, actually – a hands-on text workshop with acclaimed Stratford text coach and teacher Ian Watson, and a once in a lifetime chance to sit in on two rehearsal sessions with Edward Bond, director David Jansen and a team of actors as they wrestle with Bond’s play Have I None. Click here for details and registering. Like the show above space is limited, so best get on that. Don`t be crabby guy.

Over and out for today!

 

 

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