5 February, 2013 § Leave a comment
We had a MASC meeting on Saturday and we got a lot of things sorted out. We are hoping to have some fundraisers for our trip to Wild Futures in Cornwall in March and we all have jobs and things for getting ready for Morocco and beyond. We said goodbye to three trustees: Marie Harmard, Kingsley Glover and Jenny Lange who all have so many other commitments they can’t give MASC as much time as we need from them at the moment but all three will remain members and there have been promises of hands when we need them. We also welcomed aboard Alice Bartlett officially. She is our new trustee and she is already busy beavering away with getting us some spots at fairs, festivals and fetes.
So we were pretty productive and most importantly I felt full of purpose and ready to attack this year that looks like it is going to be a real challenge head-on.
Upbeat monkey hugs
22 January, 2013 § Leave a comment
I have completed the first full draft of the script for Teshta the Monkey which we will be taking to Morocco in May this year with BMC-Rif. We are planning on teaching local actors how to do the show and I will help with the direction and then we will leave it in their hands to continue performing the show as much as they like. We will ask them to film it from time to time so we can see how it evolves as it goes on. I am feeling excited again now that draft is done! Hooray, just money and logistics to do now!
15 January, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am meeting with Tallulah Bygraves of Bonobo Conservation Initiative – UK at the weekend so I spent some of last night and this morning updating my bonobo-knowledge and coming up with a few creative ideas for how we could develop a play for them. I forgot how much I love designing things, particularly for a species I already love.
For those who don’t know already bonobos are part of the Pan group which is chimpanzees. They used to be called pygmy or gentile chimpanzees the former is a misnomer since they have a large overlap in size with chimpanzees. They live in a very small area in only one country – DRC. They are female-dominant and the females form friendship bonds since they are often not related. A male’s rank is dependent on that of his mother and he will stay in the same group as her with a life-long bond. Possibly the most interesting thing about them is the frequency that they have sex. It is not limited to procreation and is conducted face to face as well as ‘doggy style’. They tongue kiss and have oral sex, they have sex with partners of the same sex and the only individual off limits is adult males and their mothers. They are renowned as the ‘Make Love, Not War’ primate and I have always found them interesting.
We are hoping to develop a piece with BCI-UK for secondary school students – a new challenge. I have brain-stormed some new ideas and hopefully soon will be able to get some idea of how plausible it would be to do such a show. I am getting really excited.
I am also going to meet with Beale Park this week, I am going to take our new volunteer Kyle to show him the spaces we use and the monkeys they keep.So things are ramping up again for MASC, we have a few new projects in the pipeline that I will not reveal until I have them confirmed. I am feeling excited about MASC again which is nice. Not much work at the moment so it is good to have something I can really get my teeth in.
5 November, 2012 § Leave a comment
A long silence due to us taking a little break for personal reasons but we are back up and running now! Firstly an event. If anyone is around the Oxford area and wants to hear me talking a little about what MASC is and how it was set up then come to Oxford Brookes, Gypsy Lane Campus, Room something! I seem unable to find out which it is. If you are interested turn up at quarter to six and ask for the Monkey Monday or the Monday night seminar series. There should be people around to point the way!
24 September, 2012 § Leave a comment
What a busy few weeks. Now safely on holiday I am able to debrief about Cornwall. We had a great time, visited Linda Byrne who generously gave up her house for us one night. We saw everyone at the Monkey Sanctuary and did 4 great shows. We have even made a few contacts for a mini-tour next year! I will add some pictures to speak more eloquently than my addled brain!
15 August, 2012 § Leave a comment
So I have bought most or all of the costume I need to buy. I have arranged to borrow some more and Jen is very kindly making some. That means costume check.
I started papier-macheing (?) the props yesterday and have so far done a ball and a cactus. A few more things to go then decorating.
I have 14 or so useable poles out of 35 so today I am going to try and finish them. Then I can cut, sew and draw out the backcloth which will hopefully be ready for painting on Monday next week. I am going into Oxford and picking up the wood for the set tomorrow so that will be something I can do on Sunday.
I am also visiting Christine Brewster of Stripey Basket today to talk to her about potentially making Ahmed the tortoise’s shell.
So all in all things are going quite well. I keep meaning to post pictures but I haven’t been able to get the device that gets them off my camera.