Friday 25 October 2013

What Men Live By

Michaelmas , September 29th, has for centuries been celebrated by various cultures at the time of moving into shorter days and longer nights.  Metaphorically, it is a time to recognise we each have our own inner ‘demons’ of fear, anger, insecurity, jealousy, greed, etc. which we are challenged to face daily.
‘What Men Live By’ is a short story written by Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 1885.
This play was chosen as theme to celebrate the Divine in the Human Spirit which helps us face these challenges. Purposely the cast has been drawn from individuals across the Community – residents, senior co-workers, managers and a Trustee of CMKC – as we work on strengthening our Camphil Community.
The cast of the play were:
Voice of God                  Luke Wiseman
Michael                           Miguel  Werneck
Simon                             Jeremy Cooper
Matrena                          Hanne Drexel
Market Woman               Alison Faulkner
Peasant #1                     Thomas Craven
Sheepskin Seller             Lee Surridge
Peasant #2                      Freddy Peeters
Vodka Seller                    David Peddie
Nobleman                        Terry Wilkinson
Servant                             Stuart Andrews
Angel of Death                  Luke Wiseman
Mother                              Tamsin Abram
Narrator for Mother           Shirley Owens
Narrator                            Joan Harris
Co-Directors                      Joan Harris and Jeremy Cooper
Lighting and Sound           Michael Waddell
Twin dolls by                     Joan Harris

Alex Fox

Thursday 17 October 2013

Kendal Mountain Film Tour 2013

Each year the very best films from Kendal Mountain Festival are hand-picked to travel the world on the Best Of Kendal World Film Tour. Audiences across the UK and the around the world get to experience the essence and inspiration of Kendal with a selection of the hottest action sports films. This year the Kendal Mountain Film Tour was held in Camphill Milton Keynes and the Chrysalis Theatre with guest speaker, mountaineer Simon Yates.
Martina the Theatre manager has a passion for rock climbing and went to the Kendal festival last year, it was then she discovered it could go mobile like to the thetre in Camphill Milton Keynes.
Selling tickets.
A pretend cliff was put up for people to climb.
Snow Boarding.

One of the stalls on the grass.
Another one of the stalls.
Anna and Martina explaining what films will be shown.
Simon Yates.
A book I bought by Simon Yates.
My signed copy.
Alex Fox

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Desert Island Movie Night

The Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes held a Desert Island Movie Night on Thursday 26th September. A different special guest will be invited each night to chat to the audience about their top 5 movies that they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island. The guest also decided which one of the movies will be shown.
For this night the special guest was Clarke Carlislean English former footballer who played as a defender and is the current chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association. Born in Preston, he began playing football at a young age, taking inspiration from his father who played semi-professionally. 
Thanks to his Chairmanship of the PFA, appearances on BBC’s Question Time and an acclaimed documentary on racism in football, and the most recent Footballs Suicide Secret, Clarke Carlisle is renowned as one of the most eloquent and thoughtful sportsmen of today. There  was also a book signing session because he wrote a book called 'You Don't Know Me, But... A Footballer's Life'.

This night's film was 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'.

The big screen!
Anna and Clarke answering questions.
Signing books.
The book Clarke Carlisle has written.
My signed copy.
Scene from 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'.
Alex Fox

Wednesday 2 October 2013

'Allo 'Allo 2 - The Camembert Caper

‘Leesen very carefully, I weel say zis only wurnce . . .!’
On 17th September, the audience at the Chrysalis theatre could take a trip to CafĂ© Rene in war-time France to witness the trials and tribulations of France’s greatest, if unwilling hero, Rene Artois as he tried to deal with the resistance, the Germans, a pair of British airmen and the amorous advances of his serving girls.
Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy’s production of the stage show of ‘Allo ‘Allo’ in 2007 was a great success and for several years had been keen to do more, but only one stage script existed.
All that changed, when David Pibworth (the director) was given permission by one on the original writers, David Croft, to write a stage play ‘sequel’.
The cast of this production were: Rene Artois - David Lovesy, Edith - Sue Whyte, Yvette - Melanie Best, Mimi - Michelle Johnson, Michelle of the Resistance - Vicky Amies, Monsieur Alphonse the Undertaker - Gary Martindale, Monsieur Leclerc - Jon Davies, Madame Fanny - Erika Benning, Colonel Von Strohm - Richard Duncombe, Lt. Gruber - Chris Tennant, Capt. Geering - Alex Taylor, Herr Flick - Sean McDermott, Helga - Tracy Butler, General Von Klinkerhoffen - Matt Perris, Officer Crabtree - Steve Clark, British Airmen - Keith Lennox and Neil Harrison, Assorted French villagers and Germans - Roger Widdecombe, Jen Barber, Emma Dell, Matt Bayfield, Sandra Cowling, John Hopkins.

Alex Fox