I have been selected to be part of the Ankur Ha Ha programme- an artist development scheme run in partnership with the Citizens Theatre, The Tron and National Theatre of Scotland to develop emerging talent in theatre, visual art, literature and interdisciplinary forms.
I have been paired with the National Theatre of Scotland who are offering support to my project. The programme will showcase each of the six projects selected on October 2nd 2013 at The Tron.
My Ha Ha project The greatest thing you’ll ever learn…(working title) is an audio-visual art installation; layers of music and fable exploring love and identity.
I am being menotred by the fabulous Caroline Newall of the National Theatre of Scotland and have spent around a week in a NTS rehearsal space researching and working on the piece. On October 2nd, my work along with the other Ha Ha projects will be showcased at The Tron Theatre as part of a Scratch performance evening. I shall also be exhibiting this installation at a venue TBC nearer the time.
The inspiration for this work has been led by research into the song Nature Boy , now a well known jazz and pop standard written in 1947 by Eden Ahbez. Over the years, this song has been recorded by a many artists including Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Cher and David Bowie.
The song, a story about a ‘strange enchanted boy who wandered very far’ to learn that ‘the greatest thing was just to love and be loved in return’ conveys a range of compelling messages. Mysticism, leadership, youth and experience are all referenced within the lyrics – enlightenment through exploration and the simplicity/complexity of love.
For now, I point you towards Nat King Cole
Eden Ahbez (1947)
There was a boy
A very strange, enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he
And then one day,
One magic day he passed my way
While we spoke of many things
Fools and Kings
This he said to me
The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return
Tron Theatre Scratch performance details
Images and more information about the project
Ankur Productions blog
National Theatre of Scotland