Unboxing a new project
Yesterday, dodging twix showers and personal schedules we managed to shoot some promo images for our new play Outside of the Box, shortly to be going into rehearsal.
The play is another original piece. (Saves all that faffing about with rights and royalties) This time though it's a contemporary comedy. Outside of the Box follows Xandra, Yates and Zebb, three characters who think they have the measure of each other but over the course of the play have their preconceptions challenged and in some cases shattered. Hopefully to hilarious effect. It's a madcap comedy which flirts with farce and pokes fun at sensationalism, stereotyping and cynicism.
That's all I can really say at this moment without venturing into spoiler country but stay tuned here and perhaps sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with how the play is coming along.
Return to Devon Libraries
We are delighted to be returning to Devon Libraries once again in 2018 to put live theatrical events among the books. Today we have confirmed two bookings for Totnes Library later in the year. So what will we be doing this time around? Read on for details....
In the Summer we will be supporting the Summer Reading Challenge for children by once again staging our fantasy themed escape room puzzle activity, which we have already performed in Crediton and Tiverton Libraries in 2017. Aamena the Library Elf (pictured) is trapped by the mischievous wizard Aldous Powder and only the ingenuity of the children can find the spell to free her.
We will also be developing a new live multimedia literature evening which will be performed in November. More details to follow on this, but it will be a mix of poetry reading, dramatic story renderings and full theatrical scenes set to music or with other effects. A multimedia celebration of literature.
We hope to be able to secure more events in other Libraries during the year. Subscribe to the blog for more details, or click here to follow our Facebook page, or here for Twitter.
Currently "on mic" in our studio is the audiobook version of The Dark Well of Glastonbury by Phillipa Bowers, which is being narrated by Tracey. The first six chapters have been recorded for editing this past week. Tracey says, "beautifully written and observed, the book is a joy to narrate."
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Author of the book, Phillipa Bowers, has this to say about the title on her website:
The Dark Well tells the story of Louisa an impoverished young widow who hopes to survive in Edwardian England as a companion to gentlewomen. She goes to Glastonbury in 1903 to care for her aunt and while there she experiences the stories of the keepers of a sacred well that has been unrecognised for many centuries.
This well was once one of three sacred wells on the sacred island of Avalon and while the others, the red and the white, are known to this day, this black one, used for scrying or seeing into the future, has lain unrecognised for centuries.
Each chapter tells the tale of a guardian, or keeper of the well, dating from long ago in the late Neolithic time, through early Bronze Age, the Roman occupation, the Romans departure, the time of the Druids and the arrival of the Christian church, the building of the great abbey church, the Black Death, dissolution of the monasteries and the contamination of the well.
Interweaving through the tales is the story of Louisa, who has known great tragedy and assumes there will be no more love or happiness in her life, but eventually realises this will be possible.
We look forward to bringing you this title soon. ~ Mark
New Year, new blog
HAPPY NEW YEAR! While everyone else is trying to shed the crimbo pounds and stick to their new year's resolutions we here at Circle of Spears have decided to revive our somewhat fallow News/Blog section. As you might have noticed we went through the entirety of 2017 without any new posts. 2017 was not without many great releases and milestones for Circle of Spears however. We celebrated our 2nd year trading; We took WITCH on tour, including performances at Credfest in Crediton and Fringe Theatrefest in Barnstaple, reaching our 50th performance back in September whilst performing at the Alma Theatre in Bristol; went to Credfest in Crediton and Fringe Theatrefest in Barnstaple; we premiered a new show Ghost Stories, featuring Dr Emerson Kennedy and Miss Eliza King (deceased); performed our murder mystery evening Body in the Library at Totnes Library; attended numerous sales events around the southwest; released 8 new audio titles and had enough on our to do pile that we had to close our books for submissions in early March; Were featured on Tiverton Community Radio, Phonic FM, Coast FM and BBC Radio Bristol; Designed and road tested an escape/puzzle solving room for kids and began collaborating on various animated projects with Yellow Mouse Studios with whom we hopefully have a few more surprises in store for 2018.
Phew...I'm knackered just writing out that list. Hopefully though it goes some way to explaining just why we were scant on posts for 2017. 2018 however will be different. Each of us will be keeping you up to date with all that's new at Circle of Spears, some behind the scenes exclusives and sneak peeks of things to come.
We hope you'll join us in making 2018 our best year yet.
Periodic updates from Sam, Mark and Tracey