We are delighted to announce Joanna Lumley as the Patron of London 1840. The model has completed its first construction phase at the end of 2016 and celebrated with an event generously hosted by Alan Baxter Associates in Farringdon. The eminent historian Dan Cruickshank gave a memorable presentation accompanied by project leader Andrew Byrne. The model moves into its second year of construction in The Old Royal Naval College , Greenwhich, London. Groups are welcome to visit by prior appointment. The completed section of the East End showing the exciting new discoveries about the huge sugar factories can be seen as part of Tower Hamlets Local History exhibition opening in May.
In 2016 our elders project 3rdthought prepared for their final transition to becoming a registered Social Enterprise/ CIC. Their new website can be seen at www.3rdthought.eu. We look forward to new collaborations and revivals of our past projects. We are delighted that 3rdthought Associates feel they now have the skills, experience and confidence for this final step. Thanks also to Professors Wendy Couchman and Keiron Spires at London South Bank University Health & Social Care Faculty for their invaluable recent assistance which has enabled frail and housebound members of the group to continue to participate in activities via digital technology.
Plans for spring, summer and autumn include revivals and new work including:
‘The End of the Line’ journeys to the extent of a Freedom card, a new adaptation of ‘Exiles’ a new adaptation of ‘Invisible People’ with Guest Artistes from Berlin, London and Italy, Brecht’s Mother Courage, schools performances – Arabian Nights, Stories and Playground .
A new multi layered, technically delicate project funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund had its pilot launch at London South Bank University . Home-based performers on Skype & live performers took part in a live show devised and acted by six of the 3rdthought Associates.
The production explored house arrest, being cast-away, the ideas of exiles in Shakespeare ( As You Like It and King Lear) and divided societies (Israel /Palestine, East & West Germany…).
The performance also included dance and song. Exiles was a collaboration involving London Southbank University Department of Health & Social Care & Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It was made possible by grants from the BBC, United St Saviours Charity, Aubyn Dyer Undertakers and Lord Dennis Stevenson.
Following a successful presentations of work for London’s Capital Age Festival, the EU’s Art-Age symposium in Utrecht and Edinburgh International Book/Fringe Festival 3rdthought embarked on a collaboration with UfaFabrik, Theater der Erfahrungen (Theatre of Experience), The Golden Gorki’s ( Gorki Theater) and Die Wiesen Sehr , youth from the Homeless Peoples group Cardboard Citizens and Syrian Refugee group Syn : Format. 3rdthought will be back in Berlin June and September 2019 as part of UFA Fabriks 40th Birthday celebrations .
The project will include live Skype performances in German, Italian and English from housebound performers in Venice, London and Berlin.
The team worked with staff and volunteers in Venice taking inspiration from The Fondazione Querini Stampalia ‘Bella’ collection which depicts celebrations throughout the year in Venice. The workshops focused on current celebrations which take place on 25 April – Festival of Liberation from Fascism and St Marks Day.
Participants included representatives from Invisible People performances in Berlin. Professor Keiron Spires London South Bank University, Theater der Erfahrungen of Berlin and 3rdthought.
The same Participants from London-Venice-Berlin will now work together again for the Boulevard Festival in Berlin using skype to link storytellers from the three cities . We are delighted that Querini has now obtained long term funding from the EU to develop more work in this area.
Our ‘Harbour’ project 3rdthought spent 2016 gearing up for ‘Invisible People’ bi-lingual performances in Berlin. Joint rehearsals were undertaken including use of skype. The final performances in August & September in Berlin used digital technology assisted by Professor Keiron Spires at London Southbank University School of health & Social Care.
With funding from United St Saviours Church Trust the elders volunteer Invisible People team worked with groups in North Southwark and Bermondsey to create performing material specific to children visiting small local museums. Thanks to our collaborators from The Brunel Museum, Ronald Grant Archive and Cinema Museum there is now a larger team of over 60’s Invisible People available to perform their short stories, poems, scenes from plays and conjuring tricks at festivals and events. The material was also shown as part of the Totally Thames Festival at Brunel Museum in September and again at The Cinema Museum in October where the Special Guest Artiste was Laurie Marsh. Laurie was born in 1930 at Lambeth Walk and went onto have a distinguished career as film and theatre impresario, developer and philanthropist . Laurie entertained a sold out audience with his extraordinary repertoire of conjuring tricks and life anecdotes. His book The Philanthropist’s Tale was sold in aid of The Cinema Museum and exciting news about a sustainable future for the Cinema Museum was announced on the evening.