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Argy-Bargy Night!

-noun, plural
-gies. Chiefly British Slang
1. a lively or disputatious discussion.
2. a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument 
1595–1605; argle-bargle
'Dispute' and 'argument' are words generally perceived as having negative connotations but when it comes to creativity a heated discussion can sometimes be quite a productive means of bashing around an idea and consolidating ones own thoughts on a particular subject. Anyone who has sat around the dinner table on Eroda on a Saturday evening and indulged in Grenville's infamous post-show curries (both meaty and veggie, Gren being a pioneer in the battle for vegetarian's rights) will know that there is very rarely, if ever, a shortage of volunteers to voice their opinion on a myriad of topics and debate everything from world politics to whether or not it is cruel to eat dead carrots. The highly charged atmosphere encourages even the shyest of wallflowers to chime in with their tuppence worth.

But talking is one thing, actually 'doing' is another kettle of fish altogether. It is one thing to debate the positive aspects and the flaws of somebody else's work but quite another to thrust one's own work into the glaring spotlight of constructive criticism and weather the blows. However, undaunted by this prospect (be it from arrogance or naivety) regulars to the curry feast set aside their knives and forks and donned their headscarves, took up their controls and put forward a showcase of work which inspired discussion and debate akin to that of the 'eating a carrot is the same as killing a cow' argument. May Brent hope to host a number of London's top puppetry practitioners in this, the first of (hopefully!) a regular series of Argy-Bargies!

Puppetician, Kevin Griffiths (BAFTA award winner!) kicked off the proceedings with a chirpily titled shadow puppet show 'Is Ted Dead?'...
Tom loves bouncing on his bed...But not today. He's looking for his friend Ted...
We'll all had our fingers crossed for Tom!

Amy Hazeldine
showcased a shadow puppet piece, freshly scissored, entitled 'Scarlett's Cape'. A modern retelling of Perrault's fairytale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Warning: Very dark undertones, not Disney-coated!

Kate Middleton
presented a poem in which a father recounts his thoughts as he watches his son play.  Themes of time, space and age were poignantly explored with the use of marionettes and original music written and performed by musician extraordinaire Joshua Percy Middleton helped out by fellow operator Stanley Middleton (in one of his roles of the evening) and Director/Lighting Technician, Rob Humphreys (also renowned for his acclaimed role as 'Snow' in the 2008 production of 'Scrooge').

Athena Vassilakis,
in typical well-rehearsed style, down to the finest detail, presented 'The Blossom Tree', with monumental, groundbreaking soundtrack featuring singing by Celeste Sykes.

Grenville Middleton together with Juliet Rogers and Stan Middleton presented scene 2 of work in progress. The work is about a quest for wisdom and is also a quest for the same objective by Gren.

From left to right Grandfather, Gren and Tom Wrigley                                                                                                                                       

Photo by Antonio Escalante                                                                                                                                        





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