Film & Theatre
To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine
Sat 3 May 2014, 19.00
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion”
- Thomas Paine
Was he “one of the most brilliant minds in human history” or merely a “filthy little atheist”? He was certainly one of the most misunderstood men in American history.
Thomas Paine is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, social programs and morality were truly revolutionary. He changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. He ignited revolutions but died largely ignored and disdained, yet when he was writing he was at the epicentre of world events and literally transforming nations through his words.
The one-man show “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine” , leaps from the stage and captures the living essence of America's brilliant, fiery and most radical Founding Father. It brings to life the wit, contradictions and contrariness of a man whose intellect and words shaped the American national character, inspiring Americans always to be their better selves.
His pen sparked the American Revolution,
defined the French Revolution and championed the Age of Reason. He went from hero on the streets of Philadelphia to prisoner in Paris awaiting the guillotine. His books were the biggest best sellers in history and at his funeral… there were six mourners.
Today there is the Occupy movement, back then there was Thomas Paine.
Tickets Advance: £10 (plus booking fee), Concs. £5
Admission £15/£7 on the door.
Doors 18.30. Start 19.00
Ian Ruskin (writer/actor) trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He has performed his other one man play From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labour leader Harry Bridges well over 200 times. The film version, directed by Haskell Wexler, has aired in America on PBS for the past 4 years. This is the London première of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine which has been performed just over 30 times in the past two years.
“Ruskin’s Paine provides more than a mere history lesson; it’s a sort of performance art. Not only do we learn of a largely untold slice of the American story, we also get to see an actor in top form. So nuanced and layered is Ruskin’s performance, and so enlightening is his script, it’s as if Paine has been brought to back life just to speak to us”.
Ben Miles, showmag.com, Los Angeles
“Ian Ruskin’s performance had a profound impact on our students…who are all in their own right struggling to realize their own value and contributions to this world, and the lessons learned as a result of experiencing this brilliant performance are many…for weeks following they commented on such things as: wanting to read more about the extraordinary life of Thomas Paine; wanting to read a particular work mentioned in the play…It is our upmost pleasure to give the highest praise and to recommend this play without reservation”.
Julie Davis, Professor, History and Women’s Studies, Cerritos College
“It is a spectacular way to introduce people to the historical struggles and the ideas of the most important revolutionary thinker of the late eighteenth century. You bring Paine alive and create throughout the play excitement for history and the world of ideas, and deliver important lessons for our own time…to the possibility that democracy can attain great things, and that we have visionaries who can get us back on that virtuous forward path.”
Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Mon 12 May 2014, 19:30
The Conway Collective presents
The elegant main space at Conway Hall echoes with memories of the original Ballet Russes, the lost romance of Alain Fournier's Le Grandes Meaulnes and the melancholic circus of Federico Fellini.
Curated by Luke Dixon and Jane Turner this Parade will be a glorious unfolding display by experienced, individualistic artists, their essential best, flashes of ingenuity and a multiplicity of theatrical forms intertwine in Conway's atmospheric theatre that is emblazoned with the banner
'to thine own self be true....'
Turner & Dixon bring together 25 years of artistic collaborations and mix with the vibrancy of fresh young talent.
Tickets £10 adv.
London Burlesque Festival
15 - 25 May 2014
Chaz Royal presents
The 8th Annual London Burlesque Festival
Red Carpet Rollout
VIP Opening Gala
Thursday May 15th
The 8th Annual London Burlesque Festival is back in full glory and the Red Carpet Rollout previews some of the finest and most inspiring talent this year. Witness high octane glamour and sheer opulence at this prestigious 5 star VIP Opening Gala.
Crown Jewels - 'Best of British'
Saturday May 17th
LBF has scoured the nation for the most talented and unique British Burlesque & Variety acts. Bringing new, emerging and established performers together, the Crown Jewels creates a magnificent display of the best talent in the UK scene.
Tuesday May 20th
Lights, camera, action! LBF pulls out all the stops for an evening of star-studded glamour, paying tribute to the greatest film stars and most memorable moments from the silver screen.
Burlesque, Gin & Jazz
Wednesday May 21st
Infusing sultry classic Burlesque with a night of sizzling hot, steamy wailing jazz from the 1930′s-60′s. Dust off your dancing shoes and prepare for an evening at LBF like no other with Burlesque, Gin & Jazz, the hottest show around!
Sexy Circus Sideshow
Thursday May 22nd
If you're looking for candy floss this isn't it. If you're after a thrilling boozy freak show, then you've come to the right place! A 'Carnival cavalcade of saucy showgirls, sexy sideshow stunts, neurotic novelty and vaudeville variety', this acclaimed extravaganza is guaranteed to blow your mind!
Big Burlesque Day Out
Saturday May 24th
A fun and informative daytime event for all fans of Burlesque. Whether you're a performer, fan, promoter or complete newbie, if you love Burlesque we can guarantee that this event will have something for you! With seminars, a vendors market, fashion shows, workshops, tea, cakes, cocktails and an afternoon Burlesque show, The Big Burlesque Day Out is the No.1 social event for any Burlesque aficionados calendar.
Saturday May 24th
LBF has become renowned for bringing together the most superior acts from around the globe and this year is no exception. The most acclaimed names from past LBF moments and award winning artists from the World Burlesque Games come together for a prestigious evening of show-stopping entertainment. LBF at its very best!
London's Premiere Burlesque, Cabaret & Variety Festival Since 2007.
*Early bird prices are marked at 50% - 63% OFF (Select Shows) until December 27th.
LBF 2014 All Access Pass: General £109, VIP Pass £199. For Day tickets. Please check website.
Urban Retreat @ Conway Hall
Sat 31 May 2014, 10.00
Urban Retreat @ Conway Hall
Spring Clean: A mini retreat to nourish body, mind and soul.
Treat yourself to a day of relaxation, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, healthy eating and regeneration
In Ayurveda the transition between seasons is the ideal time to cleanse and gently detox the body and mind. This mini retreat celebrating the transition to summer will include a ninety minute session of cooling and restorative hatha yoga focusing on opening the heart, chest and lungs.The session will include a mix of flowing movement alongside meditative, longer held postures. Music will set the tone of the session and support movement. The session will end with deep relaxation using Yoga Nidra to enhance the intention set at the beginning of the class.
The cooking session afterwards is inspired by the six tastes of Ayurveda. Together we will make a meal to celebrate food and community using seasonal ingredients and herbs to gently cool, cleanse and balance the system. You will find out what your Ayurvedic constitution is and come away with some tools to keep it in balance.
The day will end with some mindfulness meditations on life changes and possibilities in the season to come.
Sat 31 May 2014, 10.00 - 16.00
For further information please call:
Joanie Magill 07910 839002
Luke Dixon 07952 960424