Saturday, 19 September 2020

One last Leap for Mankind

A Leap in the Dark 50 8pm Saturday 19th September 2020 That’s your lot (This evening’s programme will be recorded) Planning this last Leap I looked back to the first, held on 29th February in a dilapidated former Conservative Club in Paddington, before the lockdown began. I’m absolutely delighted that most of the original company who gathered that evening is with us again tonight. My heartfelt thanks to all of them for taking part, and to all the marvellous talents who have contributed to this series of Leaps over the past six months. My thanks also to our loyal and tolerant audience for their support, engagement, enthusiasm and good faith. And my particular thanks to Laura for the regular use of her laptop. She has been a model of patience, tolerance and kindly forbearance. I have my lucky stars to thank, and thank them. There’s no charge for taking part in A Leap in the Dark, but please do make a donation, no matter how modest, to The Trussell Trust. And please, please continue to do so! The Programme 1 The Pale Usher welcomes you 2 Out with the old - Helen Ottaway 3 Tony White 4 Natalia Zagorska-Thomas takes us on a tour of her Studio Expurgamento 5 Michael Hughes 6 Amy McCauley 7 Melanie Pappenheim and Giles Perring Interval 8 In with the new - Helen Ottaway 9 Tim Etchells 10 The settee salon with the Pale Usher and surprise guests 11 Henningham Family Press sing two choruses from An Unknown Soldier ‘Thee Must Habeas n Corpus’ ‘Able Damnèd Est’ (a.k.a. ‘The Grand Eagle’) 12 Aea Varfis-van Warmelo 13 The Pale Usher plugs the forthcoming carthorse orchestra and signs off The Company Tim Etchells is an artist, writer and performance maker, author of Endland (published by And Other Stories) and a founder member and artistic director of the performance ensemble Forced Entertainment. David and Ping Henningham are co-founders of Henningham Family Press, a microbrewery for books since 2006. They publish fiction and poetry. Their handmade editions can be found in the V&A, Tate, National Galleries Scotland and Stanford University. Their Performance Publishing shows compress the creation of printed matter into hectic live events. Michael Hughes is the author of two novels: Countenance Divine (2016) and Country (2018) both published by John Murray, the latter winning the 2018 Hellenic Prize. Under his stage name Michael Colgan he recently appeared in the acclaimed HBO television drama Chernobyl. Amy McCauley is a poet and freelance writer. She is the author of OEDIPA (Guillemot Press, 2018) and 24/7 Brexitland (No Matter Press, 2020). Amy’s first full-length collection of poetry will be published by Henningham Family Press in 2021. Helen Ottaway is a composer and sound artist. She is lead artist with Artmusic, creating and producing collaborative, site-specific art work. She has written for many forces from string quartet to choir and orchestra and recently has started to include found sound in her work. Her writing for hand-punched and hand-wound musical box began during an artist’s residency in Sri Lanka in 2017. Back in the UK she continues to compose for and perform on the instrument. www.artmusic.org.uk https://helenottaway.bandcamp.com/ Melanie Pappenheim is a singer, composer and performer. Giles Perring is a musician, record producer and artist who has been working professionally in diverse areas of music and the Arts since 1980. He lives and works on the Scottish island of Jura. http://www.soundofjura.com/about.html Aea Varfis-van Warmelo is a trilingual actor and writer. Tony White’s latest novel The Fountain in the Forest is published by Faber and Faber. He is the author of five previous novels including Foxy-T and Shackleton’s Man Goes South, the non-fiction title Another Fool in the Balkans and numerous short stories. He is editor and publisher of the artists’ book series Piece of Paper Press, founded in 1994. Tony White would like to acknowledge the support of Arts Council England through the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund: for individuals. Natalia Zagorska-Thomas is a visual artist, art conservator and curator. She runs the studio and exhibition space Studio Expurgamento in Camden town. Co-originator of Blush (CBe, 2018). www.studioexpurgamento.com The Pale Usher is David Collard, who organised these gatherings. The pale Usher—threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see him now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; it somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville That’s it. That’s your lot. Thank you all fr your support and for your generous donations to The Trussell Trust. Please don’t stop giving! We’ll be back at 7:30pm on Saturday 24th October, the night the clocks turn back, for the first in a new series of weekly online gatherings called carthorse orchestra Love to you all, and do stay well. The Pale Usher Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with . . . a leap.

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