The Shepherd’s Chameleon


Being staged at the CLF Art Café until May 25, 2013 |

Just a stone’s throw from Peckham Rye train station at the CLF Art Café the newly formed Utopia Theatre present their production of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist comedy piece ‘The Shepherds Chameleon’ directed by Utopia Theatre founder, Moji Kareem.

Ionesco sits, his back to the audience staring at the backdrop, which serves as the thing that most writers fear the most, a blank white page. As he sits he is surrounded by broken books and ripped manuscripts and as he sits there he is joined one by one by three gentlemen, the three Bartholomeus’, and for the next hour what takes place turns into a philosophic insight into the creative mechanisms, the theatricality of the theatre and the contradictions of the critics. At one point it being stated “Truth is truly false as the false is falsely true”. The play also explores how dangerous it could be to place oneself in a creative piece of work.

The stage dressing of the show is minimal with Ionesco on the one actual chair on stage while the rest of the seating provided by piles of books. As well as minimal stage dress the amount of sound effects are kept pretty basic but they achieve what they set out to do, producing haunting tones that are further promoted by the soft melodies of Billie Holiday.

The dialogue of the play at times runs at a ridiculously fast pace often seeming to run away from itself, you sit, barely keeping up and then you suddenly find yourself at equal speeds with full understanding of what is being conveyed. Credit must go to the actors of the show for their delivery of the large chunks of monologue that this play throws out and the characters that they had to embody to express them.

Review by Richard Anthony Morris

A Touch of Art

Presented by partYcipate Events

a_touch_of_art_low_resFriday 14th June 2013

partYcipate Events presents the 2nd Annual ‘A Touch of Art’ an evening celebrating African inspired art in London. This year’s artists include; Lotus Menezes, Shani Osman and Segilola Scott amongst others.

A Touch of Art is an annual art exhibition and cocktail party which features African inspired art from up and coming African and non-African artists all over the world and aims to raise the profile of art from this region. Featured artists are given the chance to showcase their talents and speak to a diverse audience about their work.

In 2013, A Touch of Art will be supporting the Songhai Art Foundation which assists struggling artists in Ghana and Africa to commercialize and promote their work. Last year’s event raised funds to build a library for the children of the Royal Seed Home library project in Ofakour, Ghana. This library will also serve children in the neighbouring communities.

Date: Friday 14th June 2013
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £15
Venue: Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH.

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