The Feel Yourself Campaign are getting together with Earth Wool & Fire to yarn bomb the tank outside the D Day museum during this year’s Victorious Festival, with permission from the organisers and the museum of course.
Contributions are flooding in but more are needed! If you can knit or crochet and can spare the time to donate a square or rectangle of any size to this project, your contribution will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t but you know someone who can, please pass this on them.
For more information and to stay up to date on the project, please check out the Facebook Event Page HERE.
Portsmouth ex pat Joseph Loughborough has just released a limited edition print ‘The Mountain’. This is a follow up to ‘The Tide’ which was released in March.
The Mountain is a giclee print on 305gsm Hahnemühle Photorag with goldleaf hand finishing. The limited edition run is for fifteen only so don’t hang around if you’d like one. The print itself is 42/59.4cm(A2) (16.5 x 23.4 inches).
You can get you hands on ones of the beauts HERE.
You can find out more about him at www.josephloughborough.co.uk and through Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.
You all know the drill by now. Two DJs, one set of headphones, two channels to choose from, and one dance floor full of people singing and dancing in a room with no music. Get involved!
You can follow Little Johnny Russell’s on Facebook and Twitter @JohnnyRussells
Do you fancy seeing a spot of theatre and supporting a fledgling director, all in the lovely setting of Rosie’s wine bar? Jennie Rawling, our strong island contributor for all things theatre and literature, is directing Michael Frayn’s play Here for the Southsea Shakespeare Actors (SSA), to be performed at Rosie’s wine bar tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday at 8pm.
The play follows the daily life of Cath and Phil, a young couple who move into a studio flat, as they bicker, banter and struggle to stay on the same page while creating their own little space. All this happens amidst the rather inconveniently-timed interruptions from the landlady living downstairs, Pat.
We spoke to Jennie about the rehearsal process, drama school, and how she feels to be directing to the public for the first time:
Why did you choose this play to direct? Isn’t the SSA a Shakespeare company?
Our main focus is Shakespeare (Southsea Shakespeare Actors – the name says it all!), but we also try to put on smaller, more contemporary productions throughout the year. It’s a good way of showcasing our work to people who may be normally put off by Shakespeare, and it gives our actors a chance to try something different.
I came across Here when I was looking for audition pieces for drama school – it didn’t have any big enough chunks that I could use as a monologue for Cath, but I loved the banter between the couple and thought I’d like to have a go at directing it. I love the way it exposes the minutae of daily live in a couple living together – I think there’s something everyone who’s ever lived with a partner will recognise in Cath and Phil’s to-ing and fro-ing.
This is your first time directing to the public – how does it feel?
A bit terrifying! I directed an in-house production for the Southsea Shakespeare Actors a few years ago but as that was just to company members and friends it was less scary. There’s so much more to think about when you’re directing to the public at an external venue, and more logistical issues to sort out. There’s also the company’s reputation to uphold!
Were there any challenges you faced along the way?
Yes! There are always challenges with any production, because you never have everything perfect (set, venue, timing, props, budget), so you just have to think around any problems and be creative. In the play there’s a scene where Cath and Phil are wearing identical jumpers, and at one point they’re both in the same jumper. So we needed to find two matching jumpers but in slightly different sizes – easy, right? Not so easy when you’re trying to buy big stretchy jumpers in the middle of June! After nearly garrotting Faye, who plays Cath, several times with one jumper, we finally found a pair of v-necks that fit the bill.
We also needed a threadbare toy dog – Theodore – which features heavily in the play. We managed to find one in a charity shop but he looked too pristine, so we were discussing how to mucky him up a bit and maybe tear an ear and I realised I just couldn’t do it. I guess the big kid in me couldn’t bear the thought of ‘hurting’ a soft toy haha. It’s become a bit of a joke – the others had to inflict the matting of fur with paint and toothpaste and coffee on him as I chickened out.
You can read a bit about Theodore and find out what we got up to in rehearsals on the SSA blog at ssaproductionblog.wordpress.com.
You’ll be going to drama school in September to do the MA Acting at East 15 acting school. Do you think you’ll return to directing once you’re a professional actor?
Definitely, if I have the opportunity to. I want to focus on acting, but I really enjoying the directing process as well. It’s a different kind of creativity, and I like the project management side of it. Plus you get the opportunity to work with some very talented actors and guide them through the process whilst trying to get the best out of them.
Here is showing at Rosie’s Vineyard, Elm Grove, 28th–30th July, 8pm. Tickets: £9 (£7 students and unwaged). Book online at ssa.ticketsource.co.uk, or for more information go to www.southseashakespeareactors.com.
The initial drop of the new summer 2014 collection by Strong Island Clothing Co. is now available to buy online in the Shop Ahoy store HERE. We’ve also put together a quick video lookbook from the recent Dell Quay shoot to, have a watch below. To coincide with this drop we’ve given the website a little tidy up and fixed a few things here and there too.
Check the full lookbook HERE and below are a few photos of the new designs and colours:
The Southsea Show returns next weekend. If you’ve been passed Southsea Common you will have seen the tents and marquee’s going up in preparation. It looks like this years event is going to be even bigger and better than last years!
The Southsea Show team have kindly donated two sets of family tickets to give away, so thats two adults and two children. These tickets can be redeemed on a day of your choosing. All you have to do to win this prize is email email@example.com with your answer to the following question…
Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. They are returning this year and can be found performing on Sunday 3rd August. What three colours make up their uniforms?
The deadline for entries will be midnight Wednesday 30th July with the winners being announced on Thursday morning.
Tickets for the event are £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the website HERE. You can follow all things Southsea Show on their Facebook and Twitter @SouthseaShow.
In our second Victorious Festival preview we are featuring Tom Odell. Tom could even be considered one of the local artists performing this year, he was born a stones throw away from Portsmouth in Chichester, West Sussex.
After being discovered by Lily Allen, she signed him to her own record label ‘In The Name Of’. Earlier this year he won the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice Award, previously won by artists such as Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence and the Machine. They have done alright for themselves since!
Tom was also named ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ at the this years Ivor Novello Awards. The prestigious Ivor Novello Awards honour excellence in British and Irish songwriting. They are judged by the songwriting and composing community, making the award quite an honour, and something to cherish.
Tom shot to fame with the hit single ‘Another Love’ and admits that most of songwriting is inspired by heartbreak. You can clearly hear a vulnerability in his records, akin Jeff Buckley.
It has been a busy summer, he’s played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and still has V Fest, Kendall Calling to come. He will also be racking up plenty of air miles by performing at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Ireland. Tom finishes manic summer at Victorious on the Seaside Stage. Possibly saving the best til last?
Find out more about Tom Odell on his website www.tomodell.com, Facebook or on Twitter @tompeterodell.
You can stay up to date on all things Victorious via Facebook and Twitter @VictoriousFest, or by signing up to the mailing list HERE.
The festival will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August, adult day tickets are currently available for £20. You can pick one up via the website HERE, or directly at Little Johnny Russells or either of the Belle Isle restaurants. Kids tickets cost £6 but those under the age of five can enter the festival for FREE.
Launched in May as a Mini Market, Jenna and her team at Community Fusion now bring us a full market at The Wedgewood Rooms on the LAST Saturday of the month, every month.
Take the time to check out whats in store while being entertained with live music from Mike Keating, Sam Whiteway and Paul Dillon. Doors open at 11am and close at 4pm and entry is completely free! Find out more on the Facebook Event Page HERE.
If you are a crafty individual who wants to book a table in future then half a table costs as little as £5.
On October 27th the Wedgewood Rooms welcome Brooklyn band Lucius. Headed by the strong vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Leasing, the line up is completed by Dan Molad (drums), Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri (both guitar).
Rolling Stone magazine describes them as “the best band you may not have heard yet” and the Guardian describes them as “The missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim… How can they fail? They won’t”. Great praise indeed but don’t take their word for it, take mine. These are a great band and during a dreary October this will be something worth leaving the house for.
Tickets are priced at £9.50 and are available from the Wedgewood Rooms, find out how you can get yours HERE.
You can stay up to date on all things Lucius via their website www.ilovelucius.com, Facebook, Twitter @ilovelucius and YouTube.
Charlie is back with the 22nd episode of Longlive Radio for the Strong Island Sounds podcast:
“Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues are deadpan, sharply dressed, law breaking, hard drinking, and they’re on a mission from God. The Blues Brothers was an attempt to cash in on a musical sketch from Saturday Night Live and ended up being a cult classic with a stellar cast. The real star of the film though, was the phenomenal soundtrack, original songs used as background music and re-recorded set pieces with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and more. It’s one of the best feel good films of all time, and if you watch it every week for the rest of your life, you’ll probably live longer.
For this show I’ve picked a few of the set piece songs and brought you the original versions, except for Shake Your Tail Feather which Ray Charles actually recorded especially for the movie. As well as that there’s tunes from Van Morrison, The Dø, The Housemartins and Delakota. This week from Sam’s Selection Box we’ve got a lovely 12-string folk song from The Red House Painters.
Enjoy, and then go watch The Blues Brothers.
Cheers, Charlie x
01) Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
02) Happy Hour – The Housemartins
03) Think – Aretha Franklin
04) Dreiklangsdimensionen – Rheingold
05) Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway
06) Everyone – Van Morrison
07) Mother’s Last Word To Her Son – Washington Phillips
08) 1941 – Harry Nilsson
09) On My Shoulders – The Dø
10) Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers Band
11) Wop-A-Din-Din – Red House Painters
12) John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
13) Cursed Sleep – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
14) The Rock – Delakota
15) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett
Listen to the podcast episode below, or you can listen, subscribe and download it from iTunes. You can also find the latest Strong Island Sounds podcast episode on the Strong Island homepage under the comments section too.