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Mary asks…

Is there any interesting theatre play / concert in London in the end of April?

I am staying in London from April 21 to April 24 and I would like to go to see a theatre play or concert there. However, the city seems so big that it is quite impossible to go thru every website on the internet. So I ask you, my fellow Londoners, what you would recommend me. And if there is any play featuring a world-famous actor (Alan Rickman perhaps?) please let me know as well.

TheatrePlayers answers:

The Barbican Centre has some good things on. Check out their ‘Whats on’ section for dates of music events and theatre shows. Or if you want something more mainstream, Calendar Girls is supposed to be good, Sunset Boulevard is good and I would’nt be surprised if Pricilla, Queen of the Desert isn’t a success (opens tomorrow).

Steven asks…

What are some tips on how to get your art shown in a gallery?

TheatrePlayers answers:

First of all, it depends if you are dealing with an artist-run gallery or not. With artist-run galleries anyone can show their work for a small fee (provided the gallery`s calendar of scheduled events has space). Otherwise you are dealing with a gallery that only shows juried work, meaning that each year the gallery takes a number of proposals from artists regarding their work and the type of show they want to have. The jury, usually made up of the gallery owner or manager as well as several other working artists in the community, then look through all of the proposals and deliberate on the shows they deem `fit` to show in the gallery. For a proposal you will need good slides of your work (or a disc), a letter of intent regarding your show and a CV (curriculum vitae a.k.a. An artist`s resume).

I would suggest that you first look into joining your local Arts Council. This will put you squarely into the arts community in which you live and expose you to all of the different types of work that is being produced. Artists feed off of each others` creative energy and input, whether you work in the same medium or not. Where I live, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, our Arts Council opperates out of a gallery and so all members receive a discount on that gallery`s cost to rent the space for a show. It also affords each member to be a part of all group shows put on by the Council.

The Council also distributes a paper that lists every gallery show, festival, musical performance, theatre production etc. That is taking place from Detroit, Michigan to London, Ontario. It also lists all calls for entries as well as many other art-related classified ads.

Get yourself to as many gallery receptions as you can and meet as many people as you can — whether they are artists or not. It is referred to as `networking`. It can be a pain at times, but it is a necessary part of getting your name out there. You never know who is going to be the person who ends up being just the contact you need. Besides, opening yourself up to all of the fabulous work that is being done by others can only serve to better your work and better you as an artist.

Also see if any galleries in your area host ATC nights. ATC stands for Artist Trading Card and they are small 2“x 3“ cards that are ALWAYS traded, NEVER sold (no matter what anyone tells you!) and are made by artists. They sort of act as a visual business card, if you will.

Also look up the Art Deadlines List(.com). You can get a shorter copy sent to you by email every month listing all of the upcoming shows across North America and some in Europe that have calls for entries. A fee will get you the all-inclusive longer version.

Just get yourself out there and circulate! Hope this helps. Good luck.

William asks…

What went on in the world during Daniel Defoe’s lifetime?

Daniel Defoe lived from 1660-1730. Please tell me what happened in the world at that time (and maybe how it influenced his writing) Please give me info on Anti Catholicism in Britain, the English restoration, and colonization. If you can , please tell me your source, for the bibliography.


TheatrePlayers answers:

1660: January – June

* January 1 – Colonel George Monck with his regiment crosses from Scotland to England at the village of Coldstream and begins advance towards London in support of English Restoration. Samuel Pepys began his diary.
* February 2 – George Monck and his regiment arrive in London.
* February 23 – Charles XI becomes king of Sweden.
* February 27 – John Thurloe reinstated as England’s secretary of State for a short time.
* March 16 – The Long Parliament disbands.
* May 8 – The Parliament of England declares Prince Charles Stuart King Charles II of England.
* May 15 – John Thurloe arrested for high treason after English Restoration.
* May 23 – King Charles II of England reaches the shores of his Kingdom.
* May 25 – Charles II of England crowned.
* May 27 – The Treaty of Copenhagen is signed, marking the conclusion of the Second Northern War.
* May 29 – King Charles II of England arrives in London and assumes the throne, marking the beginning of the English Restoration.
* June 29 – John Thurloe released.

[edit] July – December

* October 17 – Ten Regicides – men who signed the death warrant of Charles I – are drawn and quartered, a process which includes their being disemboweled and their bowels burned before their eyes.
* November 28 – At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray meet after a lecture by Wren and decide to found “a College for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning}” (later known as the Royal Society).
* December – Andres Malong, a native chieftain, leads a revolt against the Spanish in the Philippines.

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* Theaters reopened in England – Margaret Hughes debuts as the first female actor as Desdemona in Othello.
* Blaise Pascal’s The Provincial Letters, a defense of the Jansenist Antoine Arnauld, was ordered shredded and burned by King Louis XIV of France.
* Sweden recovers its southern provinces from Denmark.
* Expulsion of the Carib indigenous people from Martinique by French occupying forces.
* Hopkins School is founded.
* Absolutism is established in Denmark.

1730: January – June

* (none)

[edit] July – December

* July 12 – Pope Clement XII succeeds Pope Benedict XIII as the 246th pope.

* September 17 – Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Ahmed III (1703-1730) to Mahmud I (1730-1754).

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* Anna Ivanova (Anna I of Russia) became czarina.

[edit] Births
1730 in other calendars Gregorian calendar 1730
Ab urbe condita 2483
Armenian calendar 1179
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Bahá’í calendar -114 – -113
Buddhist calendar 2274
Chinese calendar 4366/4426-11-13
— to —
Ethiopian calendar 1722 – 1723
Hebrew calendar 5490 – 5491
Hindu calendars
– Vikram Samvat 1785 – 1786
– Shaka Samvat 1652 – 1653
– Kali Yuga 4831 – 4832
Holocene calendar 11730
Iranian calendar 1108 – 1109
Islamic calendar 1142 – 1143
Japanese calendar Ky?h? 15

– Imperial Year K?ki 2390
– J?mon Era 11730
Julian calendar 1775
Korean calendar 4063
Thai solar calendar 2273
v • d • e

* April 16 – Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
* May 13 – Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1782)
* June 21 – Motoori Norinaga, Japanese philologist and scholar of the kokugaku school (d. 1801)

* July 12 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter (d. 1795)
* July 26 – Charles Messier, French astronomer (d. 1817)
* September 17 – Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian army officer (d. 1794)
* November 23 – William Moultrie, American general (d. 1805)
* December 30 – William Hamilton, British diplomat and antiquary (d. 1803)

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* Baron de Breteuil, last prime minister of the French monarchy (d. 1807)
* John Cook, American farmer and President of Delaware (d. 1789)
* John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1805)
* John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, (Lord Dunmore) (d. February 25, 1809)

See also Category: 1730 births.

[edit] Deaths

* January 1 – Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English politician (b. 1647)
* January 1 – Samuel Sewall, English-born judge (b. 1652)
* January 29 – Tsar Peter II of Russia (b. 1715)
* February 23 – Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
* March 2 – Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
* March 20 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
* May 30 – Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1648)

* July 18 – François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (b. 1644)
* September 27 – Laurence Eusden, English poet (b. 1688)
* October 12 – Frederick IV, King of Denmark and Norway (b. 1671)
* October 15 – Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (b. 1658)
* October 23 – Anne Oldfield, English actress (b. 1683)

Anyway, Wikipedia has Daniel Defoe as (1659/1661 [?] – April 24 [?], 1731). You can go there for 1731, too.

Susan asks…

When is the best time to visit London?

TheatrePlayers answers:

We think London is at its best in the last two weeks of September. But there’s actually plenty to do and see the year round. Weather is likely to be a major factor and it often surprises visitors to find that August is quite a wet month.
For a list of military ceremonial events (there are a surprising number, not just changing of the guard) see the Army’s Website. Actually it can be more fun to attend a rehearsal of an event such as ‘Trooping of the Colour’ consult the list before you come..

For the official public events calendar click HERE

London Calendar:
January: Often a pleasant month – not too cold, and not too wet. The very end of the month sees Atlantic gales blowing in. The Sales are on and everyone is shopping crazy. The theatres & concert halls are getting back to normal after the Christmas rush: good ticket availability. On the 1st a New-York style parade through the centre of town.

February: Unpleasant. Not cold – but dull with low cloud and rain. Those in the know are off skiing. Little to recommend the month apart from low hotel prices. Theatre and music often quite good by compensation. Chinese new year celebrations (lunar, so shifts) in Soho – nice day out, if crowded. At end of month (depends on the lunar feast of Easter) there can be a half term holiday week for schoolchildren when things get chaotic – avoid.

March: like February, only less so. Unsettled weather: some sun but also wet and windy. Where there’s an early Easter things get better: school half-term holidays can liven things up (movable feast). Oxford/Cambridge boat race usually last weekend. British Summer time begins end of March.

April: weather getting better though often wet and windy. Some optimists hold ‘Spring festivals’ of theatre, music etc. London Marathon. Watch out for Easter. Bank (ie public) Holiday 1st April.

May: most brits vainly hope summer is upon them in May, and are cruelly disappointed. Although it is getting warmer and there is more sunshine, showers betray the foolhardy. Extremely hard to predict the weather. May day is celebrated in Oxford and sometimes in London (eg Hampstead, Greenwich) with Morris-dancing and other festive treats. Football cup-final (usually). Coin Street Festival on South Bank. Chelsea Flower show. First Monday is a bank holiday.

June: Generally dry and sunny but can still upset as brief storms blow in off the Atlantic. Some venues like the Barbican can be beginning their Summer shut-down. Pub-theatres and other small venues begin their pre-Edinburgh run of comedy and short plays. Horse guards – trooping of the colour and beating the retreat rehearsals – first week. Royal Academy summer exhibition of dreadful painting. City of London Festival (good) of theatre and music, Covent Garden Festival. Wimbledon tennis championships. The Derby and Ascot horseracing.

July: It’s summer and warm enough to wear just a tee shirt – usually. Don’t forget that umbrella though as the storms are now coming in from another direction. Music drying up in preparation for the Proms. Hampton Court flower show (this one’s actually for gardeners)

August: Dearth of theatre as most companies are up in Edinburgh for the festival. Proms are on every night suffocating other music venues. Countryside in bloom. Lots of tourists – hotel prices soar. Notting Hill carnival last weekend in August (avoid). Last Monday usually a bank holiday is a bank holiday.

September: The best time to visit London. Warm, usually dry, especially the latter half. Open House Day (actually a weekend) when you can visit buildings normally closed to the public. Theatre back from Edinburgh with a host of new shows. Proms ends with its last night and the new music. Opera and theatre season begins. Pleasant slightly misty evenings. Seafood festival in Hay’s Galleria. Soho Jazz festival (good).

October: Like September but shorter days and less buzz. Or it can rain. Unpredictable. That Indian Summer is trying to work its way in but has to push out a lot of rainclouds to do so. Theatre and music good. In 2001 there were many, many days of warm, sunny weather, but one month’s rain fell in one day, screwing up the rainfall averages and causing flooding in central and eastern Britain. British Summer time ends end of the month – expect a glum week as the nights draw in.

November: truely Autumnal: the battle is on between the fading Indian summer and the next lot of wintery rainclouds. The 5th is Guy Fawkes night when Catholics are burned on bonfires across England (actually only straw dummies) and fireworks are let off. Lord Mayor’s show.

December: Chilly but often dry. Shopping frenzy pre-christmas. Most businesses do most of their trade in this month. Pretty lights in streets. Lots of very drunken office parties in latter half. Christmas week is dead. New Year’s eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square. If able book the new year away, either out of London in Norfolk of the northwest of Scotland, or in North Norfolk – or on a mountain with good skiing.

Mark asks…

Who was Trinidad and Tobago artist Carlisle Chang?

TheatrePlayers answers:

Carlisle Chang was born on the 21st of April 1921 near the Croisee, the bustling cross roads in San Juan, Trinidad. His early art education included a correspondence course from the Washington School of Art, a two year study program under Amy Leong-Pang and a Master’s certificate from the New York Institute of Photography. A British Council Scholarship in 1950 enabled him to study poetry, painting and mural painting at the L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts, London where he received the diploma in 1953 and won an Italian Government Scholarship to the Instituto Statale d’Arte for Ceramics in Faenza.

Chang returned to Trinidad in 1954 and opened his painting studio in Port of Spain the following year. The ensuing two decades were his most productive with more than ten murals in a variety of media, costume and sets for theatre and ballet, concepts and design for more than twelve years of Carnival and easel painting in water-colours and oils. His paintings were sought by collectors, both local and overseas and selected by curators for showings in Europe, the United States and South America. He holds the citation from the Press Club of Lausanne and is the only West Indian artist ever to have received the medal of the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In 1970 in the wake of social change, which brought to a halt all initiatives in art, Chang turned to handicraft as a means of inoculating craft techniques to workers including the physically impaired. He started Gayapa Industries Limited producing collectors’ dolls, embroidered hangings, copper repousse and carved wood items; creating designs from local folklore and popular culture. Official policy on handicraft proved unreliable and ambivalent, however, and the handicraft thrust faltered within the decade.
The artist started anew as an interior designer and numbered among his projects the Seetaram House, Santa Margarita, the Nigerian High Commission, and eight branches for the Worker’s Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, which collapsed in 1987.

Chang served as President of the Trinidad Art Society for Five years and finally faced the prospect of having to jump-start his career afresh after 1990. The 1997 CLICO calendar was a welcome catalyst and the current exhibition represents both a return to painting and a renewal which will be applauded by patrons of art. In these latest offerings the artist reaches into recollections of an earlier, more graceful time and images that emerge out of the folk culture. If there are discernible references here they may be redolent of the work of Hugh Stollmeyer, and sometimes visions reminiscent of Ruffino Tamayo.

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
H.R.H. The Princess Royal
H.R.H. Princess Margaret and Mr. Anthony Armstrong- Jones
President Julius Nyere of Senegal
President Luis Echiveria Alvarez of Mexico
Prime Minister Indira Ghandi of India (Late)

Carlisle Chang Collection

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