In Search of the Marvelous – an evening of Surrealist games

Our first Surrealist evening at the gas gallery was a big success! See the blog post here for some images and more details: 

one of the collaborative doodles from Surrealist evening

I’m currently working with the gallery to set up regular sessions, most likely one Friday per month, so watch this space. Each time will have a different combination of activities, but we will always give you a chance to play with both words and images in some way, and there is a strong musical strand. 

In the meantime, to give you a flavour of what it is, here is the programme from the August session: 

8th August 2014, 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery

Suggested donation: £3

You are invited to join an evening of participatory entertainment. Play Surrealist parlour games in the beautiful and unique environment of the Gas Gallery.

The evening includes collective and joyous improvisation based on games that the Surrealists played and classic theatre warm-up activities. We will use movement and sound, stories and pictures, bringing all the senses into play. No experience is needed, just bring your sense of fun.

Live music will be performed by Daf Moore, of the Hittites. Games will be facilitated by Surrealist practitioner and poet, Mary Jacob.

On offer is a non-alcoholic beverage, Miss Morgan’s Rose Sherbet, for an additional donation.

On the menu, we have:

  • Theta state – relax and slow down!
  • Walking school of fish – move around! based on a classic theatre warm-up exercise
  • Pass the spark – play with sounds! based on Axons and Dendrites, a cross-modal improvisation we performed at the Arts Centre a few years ago
  • Musical doodles – play with pictures! Like musical chairs, except it is the doodles that move around, not the people 
  • Illot mollo synchronicity stories – play with words! One of the parlour games that the Surrealists devised in the 20’s and 30’s, in which everyone writes their own pieces using shared words. These stories, poems, and stream-of-conscious ramblings all came out very differently, despite including words shared in common and contributed by all players.
  • Circles – cool down and chill out! Inspired by sonic circles. 

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