Charlie Wiseman work goes back to Edinburgh Festival with awards for theatre company that went to Dublin, Paris, London, Berlin
where he worked with People's Stage and Berliner Ensemble ( as a correspondent with Edward Bond), on awarded work and returned to Uk with Bettina Jonic, who had a residency The Little Garden at Royal Albert Hall. There he worked, produced, introduced her songs and read/talked from his own work..as well as at West Yorkshire Playhouse, invited by Jude Kelly, and further directing/writing at Battersea Arts, Young Vic, Riverside Studios. (Bitter Mirror, Bettina's work was praised by Bob Dylan) He wrote culturally for Guardian newspaper, Players international and Evening Standard, as well as working as Member of Millenium Fellowship, theatre skills, short films on self-expression, distributing food to homeless,Grenfell affected. Former Pen Writers in Prison Lucy Popescu toured together to Brighton Fringe where we also read from her latest book. (Irene Mensah Awarded) In Berlin homeless project is still going, with support from Wolf Biermann's closest Wally Schmitt and endowed by the Academy of Arts (Progress Awd) Stories also published, highest rated on Shortbread Short Stories, also in NY and New England. Grassmarket work, applauded by Ewan McGregor as unique. Financed support also from Sabrina Guinness at YCTV, Ken Branagh "the work deserves every respect" and Susan Sarandon. 'Owltime' Reviewed by Edinburgh Festival: "ought to be part of the Offician Festival and taught on school syllabus", and "privilege to be" with Brighton Fringe and Windsor Fringe invitations. Henrietta Garnett of Bloomsbury financed London work with Chelsea Theatre. Short film Big Sister / Bafta performed short. Other work funded by Arts Council and supported by Susan Sarandon. Ken Campbell's assistant on twentyfour hour 'Warp' 2001 work with homeless, led to continued Volksbuhne project with homeless, mentally challenged and Pret supporting theatre around London, Brighton with disadvantaged and refugees. Part of Wingelion collective in USA, under Trudi Lee Richards direction. Performance pieces Hyde Park, and Berlin World March and Brighton Beach and Edinburgh Portobello which had more visitors than any Edinburgh Festival show. Chelsea Theatre gave us free space to make play, with support by Henrietta Garnett, Kate Smurthwaite and Tim West.
Noble Peace folk giving charity for free, at Heart Foundation and in community. Also Tony Robinson, Sylvia and Jon Swinden and Rafa de la Rubia for World Without Wars and World Marchers. The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons is a documentary Tony made about Nobel winner too, ICAN 2017 How can we wake London to take responsbility for nuclear?
Intention of the day: Food waste heroes Kew: volunteers can transcribe 19C seeds..plants online Tutorial
Children of Ymir!
Your deeds echo down the ages,
In the poetry of the Skalds!
Rupert wears no om on his neck
Swears at false prophets
Fleet river's fleeting nonsense
Flotsam and jetsam
Gentle sage's rage
Beware "enemy in unguarded thoughts about self." Biases we contain may relate to our past. So we can change by not feeling 'bad' as this stops one dealing with past: living in the present, awareness of this moment in time allows one to forget, forgive and move forward. Social science and psychology are what we see of the past and so enable the present as we are meditative beings. Find the watergow Scots for rainbow we resting in sleep dreams delight in your head. how old are you? "I haven't counted the rings around my head, said a tree, Count them for me!"
Recent work supported by official Brighton Festival, 'a privilege' (Broadway Baby), and continued contact with Berlin, People's Stage. Big Issue support. Pret support us in feeding also, workshops with Grenfell affected; child and infant African Arabs forced to be migrants...mostly vegetarains. Over 1 000 meals/ month. Awarded Alexandra Kremakova provided music in Brighton/Edinburgh
In July, Morpheus Under Ground performed the preview of new play Little Sisters. The play addresses issues of displacement and homelessness through the eyes of two young women trapped within the confines of a reality TV show house. Audiences remarked on the dignity, grace and beauty of the characters in the play and the darker aspects resonated and drew comments such as "The more I think about this play the more scary some of the ideas become. The idea that you can be voted out onto the street by people you have never seen is a concept that is truly Orwellian"
Peter Jonas, winner of the 2013 London Peace Prize, contemplates the inner workings of society and its harmful influence on individuals, going back to his roots in Cape Town, where he was already helping street kids, by encouraging them to make murals in the ugly landscapes they had til then inhabited. His artistic work, since arriving in London continues to explore identity, as a half South African, with Dutch ancestors too. He has protested as an individual with a foot in both camps. His work also explores how the mechanical world and that of nature collide, with memorable images of South African traditional dress, to his Gandhi portrait or Cliff Richard who autographed the work.
As the eldest granddaughter of Sir Larry Olivier, artist, Isis Olivier, grew up with a sober view of celebrity. 'He was the same in life as when on film'. This attitude has helped her to develop, first as an aid worker in the Sudan, later as an artist who, as a feminist, has shaped her own platform and views.
David Low creator of infamous Colonel Blimp is most keenly remembered as a plump bald-headed figure with a walrus moustache, decked out in a plethora of decorations from ancient wars, spouting platitudinous and preposterous commentary on the politics of the day, such as: “Gad Sir, Churchill made an irrevocable decision to be guided by circumstances with a firm hand”. Low insisted that his Blimp was genuine and that he had overheard him in a Turkish bath, dressed in the altogether, pronouncing that what Japan did was no concern of Britain’s.
Children of Damascus, a poem by Rupert Ferguson, written in response to the chemical attack on Ghouta
An excerpt Charlie Wiseman's autobiographical story of working, in theatre with disadvantaged. Wiseman has spent much of his life travelling the world working, first with www.grassmarketproject.org on innovative projects, involving real people often from the street, to portray what is going on below the surface of society, later on his own intiative.
'Charlie's work for the Grassmarket Project enabled it to develop around Europe and further, first by being at the centre of the wheel when it involved People's Stage, Berlin. There he used his language skill to find a staggering £50,000 budget for the most enlightened play in their history, involving homeless from the streets where Liza Minelli's Cabaret is set.'Our work has run parallet, innovating and changing forms' Jeremy Weller, Artistic Director Grassmarket Project
This award was set up by Charles Wiseman in 2011 in response to the London riots. As Charlie says he set up the award "to bring to people’s attention the individuals whose work is making changes in their community, whose work is about building neighbourliness, understanding and positive activities. Positive action is the only way to heal and bring about “Peace”.
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