Fairytales & Monsters @ Kings Place 11/06/11

Crikey Saturday was a busy one!  Arctic Circle well and truly took over Kings Place for a day of fun for all ages, followed by the most extraordinary concert/exercise in seeing just how many people could actually fit on the Hall One stage ever!

During the day there were free events happening in the foyer, including face painting (provided by the lovely Maria -she makes seriously amazing cakes too, check out her website!), mask making courtesy of Minko and storytelling with Molly, all set to the atmospheric sound of ‘curious memories’ provided by Sone Institute, with a little help from his friends!

..there were also a few ticketed events throughout the day, including a Paper Cinema workshop, followed by a performance of their new story ‘Rock Charmer’….

…The Borrowers International Network:

“Borrowers who are small people living underneath the floorboards, first documented in the book The Borrowers by Ms.Mary Norton.

Ms Kazuko Hohki arrived in London from Japan in the late 1970’s in the hope of locating the little people depicted in Norton’s historical document. Unfortunately, she was distracted by co-founding the Japanese-American Toy Theatre of London and Frank Chickens, a subtle assault on cultural stereotyping in both directions between the “West” and the “East”. Some people didn’t notice the cultural analysis part of the work, because it was so much fun.

Now that Frank Chickens are lazy enough to perform on a more occasional basis, Ms Hohki has been able to start research work in earnest, with the cooperation of Mr Andy Cox, musicologist of the miniature, and unearth the truth that lies under our floorboards. Come and wonder at the painstaking reconstructions of Borrower instrumentation, beautiful objects in themselves, but enhanced by Hohki and Cox’s reconstructions of authentic Borrower music. A wide variety of musical styles coming at your ears! In miniature!”

There was also, in true Fairytales & Monsters style, a reading by Glen Duncan from his book, ‘The Last Werewolf’.

…meanwhile there was a whole lot of rehearsing and backstage chat happening…

…Finally it was time for the evenings performances to begin with Marcella Puppini and the Forget Me Nots, and a very special duet with Stephen Coates…

..followed by The Real Tuesday Weld

…then time for intermission, drinks and being accosted by Arctic Circle’s by now infamous members…

…finally…the enormous Age Of Not Believing Orchestra, which features members of Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Dom Coyote, Homelife, Dollboy, Dale from the Sleeping Years, Ted Barnes, Sam Amidon, Grasscut, and The Puffin Voices…performing songs inspired by Fairytales & Monsters including ‘My Beloved Monster and Me’ by the Eels, Hushabye Mountain’ from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and ‘ Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…with live visuals provided by Nick from Paper Cinema…

MASSIVE ARCTIC CIRCLE THANKS to everyone who took part, both on and offstage…particularly composer/wizard Harry Escott for arranging all the songs, and working tirelessly along with all the fantastic musicians and the choir  to create such a magical performance…

..thanks also due as ever to Neil on sound..

…Mike on visuals….

and the man who dreamt this entire festival up in the first place…Ben Eshmade!

{One Response to “Fairytales & Monsters @ Kings Place 11/06/11”}

  1. Brilliant as always. Keep up the good work.


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