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Spamalot At The Kings Theatre

“Bring out yer dead!” for the much acclaimed production “Spamalot” is due to hit the Kings Theatre from Tuesday the 9th to Saturday the 13th of February. Bought to you by the Portsmouth Players, this 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is a musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and was originally created by Eric Idle. King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.

So prepare your coconuts hooves, pack the holy hand grenade and try not to forget what your favourite colour is…

You can grab your tickets here.

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Creative Census Portsmouth 2015 is Now Closed

Creative Census Portsmouth 2015, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council to take a snapshot of the many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries, has now closed for submissions. A huge thank you to everyone who took part!

We’re now in the process of collecting all the data together and in the coming months we’ll be creating a report which we aim to release to the public before the summer. The report will contain all of the interesting information drawn from the data and we’re working with award winning Portsmouth graphic designer Sam Barclay on its design.

We’ll let you know as things progress and visit the Creative Census website for more information: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Last Couple of Days to Take Part in Creative Census

We’re coming down to the last couple of days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.

To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city – from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.

Deadline to take part is midnight Sunday (31st).

It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map. Check the photos below for just a few of the great Portsmouth & Southsea creatives who have already taken part.

To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth – Measuring the creative temperature of the city of Portsmouth

Jon Adams Performance Piece ‘Games with the Water Horse’ at New Theatre Royal

Portsmouth artist Jon Adams is a ‘lab associate’ at New Theatre Royal, which will be hosting his latest performance piece Games with the Water Horse on the evening of Saturday 30th January. Jon works across platforms using sound, drawing, written word, photographic manipulation, installation and more through ‘art in public’. His work references his Asperger’s and dyslexia weaving in fragments of autobiography, science and hidden metaphor.

Building on Jon’s experiences, learning and encouragement from Sir Peter Brook and cast of ‘Valley of Astonishment’, Games with the Water Horse is a performance instillation piece. At its heart, it is an exploration of consciousness, life story, art forms, and neurodiverse thinking. The piece involves Jon standing within a circle reading 60 ‘minutes of an hour’ which are scattered once read. These minutes interweave and explore 6 personal stories over multiple dates and times but which are all intimately connected. The performance journey calls on Japanese metaphor and imagery. There is an overarching imagery of water that pervades the piece, the title, for example, refers to the hippocampus, mythical water beasts but also the section of the brain responsible for memory and PTSD.

A two-part performance; the first half will see Jon perform his readings and the second-half will involve a ‘memory man’ Q&A with the audience. Before the performance the audience will be asked to remember a minute number they are interested in and Jon will recount the story behind the number.

Games with the Water Horse premiered at Venice Biennale 2015 and showcased at Turner Contemporary November 2015 during their ‘Risk’ season. Tickets are only £10 and available at the box office and online:

www.newtheatreroyal.com

Jon Adams Performance Piece 'Games with the Water Horse' at New Theatre Royal

Last Few Days to Take Part in Creative Census

We’re coming down to the last few days when people can get involved with the Creative Census, a project run by Strong Island and Claire Sambrook with the support of Portsmouth City Council. The project aims to try and engage with as many people & businesses in the Portsmouth area who work in the creative industries. We are also hoping people & businesses outside Portsmouth (but who work in the city often) will also get involved too.

To take part in the Creative Census you or your business/charity/organisation just need to work in the creative sector (e.g. photographer, illustrator, designer, craft, architect, songwriter, fashion designer, etc. – see the website for the full list) and be based and/or work in the city: from a volunteer all the way through to a large agency or organisation.

Deadline to take part is the end of January.

It takes a few minutes to complete and will go to help us build (for the first time) a snapshot of statistics and information that we hope can really show how Portsmouth and Southsea are on the national creative map.

To take part simply visit the website: www.creativecensus.co.uk

Creative Census Portsmouth – Measuring the creative temperature of the city of Portsmouth

I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES Performance at Portsmouth Guildhall Tomorrow Night!

As part of Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th birthday in 2015 Strong Island ran the I WAS THERE! project, collecting memories from Portsmouth people of their favourite live music moments throughout Portsmouth Guildhall’s history. Following on from the memory collection part of the project and the film that was produced and recently screened at the Guildhall, FIVE SENSES is the final stage of the project.

Strong Island Media and Old Salt Theatre have worked together with a group of young actors and performers from Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth to take many of these collected memories and bring them to life in a brand new stage performance. I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES will be premiered on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall at 7:30pm tomorrow night (Thursday 21st January), with free tickets available from Portsmouth Guildhall box office in advance. This intimate performance brings to life many of the submitted memories we collected for the I WAS THERE! project, with scenes taking inspiration from events that occurred on the very same stage. The I WAS THERE film will also be screen just before the performance begins.

We’re very excited to have worked with Portsmouth Guildhall and Old Salt Theatre, with this being Strong Island’s first project involving theatre and live performance, we hope everyone can come along!

This event is FREE however you will need a ticket, to reserve a ticket please contact the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office 02393 870200 or email: enquiries@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

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Kings Theatre Family Open Day Tomorrow

The Kings Theatre Open Day returns on tomorrow (Saturday 16th January), to give the whole family a day out to remember and a behind the scenes experience of the beautiful Edwardian theatre. From 10am to 4pm you are welcomed to explore areas of the theatre you never usually get to see, with a technical tour of the stage house and a trip to the fly floor, or learn about the history of the theatre on one of the historical tours.

As well as exploring you can also try your hand at Ukulele ‘jamming’, take part in a stage workshop with the Kings Youth Theatre, or show them your best pose in our 80’s vs 90’s photo booth. Join Fareham College backstage in the dressing rooms for character make-up demonstrations, casualty special effects and character transformations with special wig and makeup techniques.

If you are interested in the history of the Kings, and the restoration of the building, an exhibition and information will be in the promenade with archivists to chat to. HMS Warrior will also have an archive exhibition and workshop taking place within the Matcham Bar.

At 3pm, a showcase of performances will take place on the stage with some sneak previews of upcoming shows this year. A day not to be missed!

Tickets are £5 single and £15 family and can be bought at the box office (phone 02392 828282) and online at the Kings Theatre website:

www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES Performance at Portsmouth Guildhall

As part of Portsmouth Guildhall’s 125th birthday in 2015 Strong Island ran the I WAS THERE! project, collecting memories from Portsmouth people of their favourite live music moments throughout Portsmouth Guildhall’s history. Following on from the memory collection part of the project and the film that was produced and recently screened at the Guildhall, FIVE SENSES is the final stage of the project.

Strong Island Media and Old Salt Theatre have worked together with a group of young actors and performers from Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth to take many of these collected memories and bring them to life in a brand new stage performance. I WAS THERE – FIVE SENSES will be premiered on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st January, with free tickets available from Portsmouth Guildhall box office in advance. This intimate performance brings to life many of the submitted memories we collected for the I WAS THERE! project, with scenes taking inspiration from events that occurred on the very same stage. The I WAS THERE film will also be screen just before the performance begins.

We’re very excited to have worked with Portsmouth Guildhall and Old Salt Theatre, with this beingStrong Island’s first project involving theatre and live performance, we hope everyone can come along!

This event is FREE however you will need a ticket, to reserve a ticket please contact the Portsmouth Guildhall Box Office 02393 870200 or email: enquiries@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

I WAS THERE - FIVE SENSES

Lips Inc – Panto vs Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s newest, family friendly and party-central night out Lips Inc returns on December 15th to The Kings Theatre for a star-studded Christmas showcase: Panto vs Portsmouth.

Lips Inc are looking for solo performers, duos and groups of ALL AGES. If you and the guys in the office reckon you can handle Take That, your friends can give The Spice Girls a run for their money, or if you KNOW you’re the best Elvis tribute this side of the Memphis. If you’re a member of a community group, dance workshop, have a group of mates who like a laugh, or have simply spent too much time in front of the mirror… then the time has come to take it to the next level. It’s karaoke without the sing-y bits so it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing! Make THIS once in a lifetime night out a Christmas treat you won’t forget.

After a successful launch during The Kings Theatre’s recent Children In Need gala, the stage show that anybody can be part of is back. Welcoming you to be the star, Lips Inc invites the people of Portsmouth to take on members of the 2015 pantomime cast on stage before a live audience.

As well as the match of mimes against celebrity guests, there’ll be appearances from Manic Stage Productions and Kings Youth Theatre, and of course a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus, who might just take a turn himself.

Judging by how well received and how popular the Children In Need event was this will be a great event to get involved with. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to be a good singer! If you are of a nervous disposition then maybe you can even do it in fancy dress to protect your anonymity.

The first wave of guests will be announced on December 1st which is when entry will close for Team Portsmouth. If you’d like to be part of the battles and be pitted against the Panto Cast, you’ll need to email lipsInc@greenhousegroup.co.uk with your name, age, post code, song choice and please include a video (or link) of yourself lip syncing to your chosen song. You can use your Phone and send straight to us.

Tickets on sale now via http://bit.ly/LipsInc15 priced at £10 for adult, £8 for Kings Members, £6 for under 15’s, or £24 for a family of four ticket.

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House Of Burlesque

Sunday 1st November Joe Black will be taking over the Kings Theatre fwith a collection of delightful friends for a special Halloween edition of the House Of Burlesque.

Scarlett Daggers – Burlesque rock and roll redhead! International hot rod greaser girl and pyromaniac!
Professor Elemental – Mad professor! Hip hop surrealist! Steam powered man of lunacy! Internet sensation and wearer of piff helmets.
Cherry Shakewell – Shimmier! Shaker! Burlesque powerhouse and striptease sensation!
Andrew O’Neill – Stand up comedian! Occultist! Transvestite! “Andrew O’Neill is like a comedy ball-lightning. Fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortune of others.” – Alan Moore.
Lena Mae – Burlesque triple threat! Flirty, vivacious and a total knock-out!
Vie O’Lette – Burlesque clown and perpetrator of ridiculous behaviour!
Cherry Liqour – Ice Cream impersonator and female dis-illusionist. 40% Woman. 60% Wig.
Terms Of Unnervement – Resident double act. Absurd! Surreal! Hilarious!

Tickets are available from £10.50 and are available from the Kings Theatre website – www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk.

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Portsmouth – Not The New Malta

Do you remember our post about Portsmouth, The New Malta and the advertising campaign that has been going on? The Telegraph has written a short article in response to the campaign. Check it out HERE and follow it up in the comments. Unfashionable, now come on Telegraph.

“We probably get about two weeks of sunshine at best, and you are more used to seeing people fighting than socialising in a quaint café,” said Tim Courtnell, a life-long Portsmouth resident. “The beach at Southsea is a mixture of shingle and Stella Artois cans on most days, and you wouldn’t think of swimming in the sea.”

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Eastney Beam Engine House

If you love a bit of not often seen Portsmouth history, Eastney Beam Engine House is open to the public for free from 1pm to 5pm on every last weekend of the month. Hidden just off of Henderson Road in Eastney, the Victorian building contains two restored and working 150 horsepower ‘James Watt & Co’ Beam Engines powered by steam which were installed to operate water pumps in 1887. This new system proved very successful and is still the basis for today’s underground drainage system on Portsea Island.

Sadly due to essential building work you won’t be able to go inside the buildings this weekend, but there will be talks with staff and photos and artefacts.

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Ian Parmiter recently found this photo at a sign makers on one of his many travels. A Facebook debate has already begun as to it’s original whereabouts. Any ideas?

Created Local – Marc B.B

Local Light Artist & Photographer Marc B.B sent over these incredible light images taken around Portsmouth. Specialising in Night Photography, Light Painting, Long Exposures and so on Marcs pictures are created at a time when most people would be packing away their cameras and heading home. Portsmouth has a strong creative vibe, especially in the photography realm and being part of a group called ‘Portsmouth At Night’, Marc regularly meets up with like minded folk to go on weekly excursions in and around the city to photograph it, in the dark.

“Whilst some may find it a little bizarre, i think the images speak for themselves. Turning everyday objects, landmarks, even benches into works of art of their own is both exciting and a challenge. Some of my best work has been in collaberation with others and being able to pool resources and ideas has always been invaluable to me. I am always striving to find parts of the city that can be shown in a ‘good light’ as Portsmouth is such a great place to live.”

Be sure to check out Marcs website www.marcbb.co.uk for amazing photos, and if this style night photography interests you head over to Portsmouth at Night at www.portsmouthatnight.com. They meet up as a group every week somewhere in Portsmouth and simply take advantage of the night. Everyone is welcome to join, at all levels of competency. Night, night.

Portsmouth on Film – Episode 1

Jonathan & Matthew Ring recently released a book of archive Portsmouth photography that was taken by their grandparents over the years (find out more about the book HERE). As well as photographs they also found a load of footage filmed around the city and have just released their first episode of their Portsmouth on Film.

This episode has some great footage from the early 90s, including some from the Tour de France.

Seafront Lights: Adam Wintle

Southsea web designer and photographer Adam Wintle has recently been taking some really nice photos of the Southsea promenade lights and of the pier at night. Be sure to look through his Flickr for loads more great photos.

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Illustration – Tristan

Brickwoods

The now defunct Brickwoods Brewery was Portsmouth’s largest local brewer before it’s final demise in 1983. Many old pubs (and many houses that are converted old pubs) still have tiles and signs with the old brewery’s name on so in a way, it still lives on, just in the city’s background. Keep your eyes peeled. You can find out more about the company here too.

I came across these amazing beermats via Google, some interesting designs. Notice the sun motif…

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Created Local – David Thompson

The Hiscock Gallery on Stanley Street behind Waitrose has some interesting new vintage style prints in stock by local artist David Thompson. They are a series of digitally drawn images reflecting upon 1930 – 1950s style advertising posters, enhanced with modern techniques. A really nice simplistic approach highlighting the main features of the subject, yet still very technical and intricate in places. The front of The Victory is awesome.

All reproductions are genuine giclée prints, printed with pigment based inks on 180gms Canon Matte paper, fade resistant for 100+ years. These “Poster” Prints are all personally signed by the artist. Head on over to Davids Gallery and take a look for yourself. Nice stuff for sure.

Holy Cody Batman

Cody needs no introductions, ever. The nicest guy you’ll ever meet with a heart of a gold and the skateboard mentality of an escaped mental patient.

If you need conformation of that statement then check this photo I grabbed from some site called Facebook. Off the clubhouse roof into the flat bank down Southsea Skatepark. Nuts…

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Shortly after I posted this insane photo of Cody going nuts down the skatepark, he sent a reply. Thought i’d post it up so people that know him can have a read.

“Thank u for the nice word. I just have to say thank you to all the peeps and friends that have help and shape me as a sk8er and as a human being. The love that i have been shown over the years is so big. The friend and peeps i have met and change my life and change my path to some thing good. I truly say it with my heart that i love you all and i hope to make more friends and to have more good time. Here a shout out to all the u.k sk8 scene and the southsea boys and girl sk8er or not, much love. and to the guys like strong island crew and bored sk8 for keeping the u.k. scene going. So if u up for a sk8 drink or chill u find me in southsea. 1 love bye cody x”

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