The Plan is go

26 September 2006

Last week I was at the 18th Bristol Juggling and Circus Skills Convention (Brizzle). It was a beautiful week of fun and learning in a fine site over looking the River Seven. As the “heart of the juggling community” Brizzle is an extremely warm and safe environment for budding performers to find their character and their confidence, and those more experienced to experiment with new ideas. As such it was the ideal opportunity to launch The Plan – Performers Without Borders (PWB) onto the community, and to gauge thoughts on The Plan from people who know what they are talking about when it comes to putting on a show. I was extremely encouraged by the positive and creative responses given, especially from those who have experience doing similar work to what PWB aspires to. My favourite quote was “Your leaflets [that I was handing out] are causing a storm”.

More personally, Brizzle was a opportunity for me to meet friends that I hadn’t seen since I had been traveling, and to make my largest (and funniest) performance yet. As part of a 11 person team we created a choreographed performance of the Village People’s YMCA with only two hours of rehearsal! It was great fun to be a part of a team and to “camp it up” big style. The show went down amazingly with plenty of whoops and laughter. Skills wise I developed my club-passing, hoola-hoop, flag spinning and club swinging.

Now back in London I am focusing on finding a job and somewhere to live, and generally trying to find a routine upon which I can still find time to ensure that The Plan continues a pace. In the next week or so I hope to have the PWB website finished and published. Also coming soon is news on whether UnLtd will be supporting us; nail biting stuff.


A soft landing

3 September 2006

Its been nearly three weeks since I returned to the UK from India. I had left 9 months earlier to do some voluntary work in Sri Lanka and India, and to work on recognizing The Plan that had been forming subconsciously in my mind. The crystallization came while sweating it out in premonsoonal weather at my friend’s flat, Jonny, in Varanasi where he was studying. With the liberation from the trials and troubles of living in London the brain was able to free associate and put together seemingly unconnected aspects of our lives and come up with a constituent whole. But more about that later.

Once The Plan had been vocalised, it wasn’t long before proposals and funding applications were completed. It wasn’t easy working out of, often highly unreliable, internet cafes. But the beauty of The Plan shone through, and our (mine and Jonny’s) first application for funding was accepted at the first round, and then the second. I landed in the UK only a few days before the third round, an interview with a representative of UnLtd who fund social entrepreneurs. It seemed like a successful interview and notification of success will come in late September.

The next day we were heading into the Kent countryside to have a little bit of late summer fun at the Small World Stage Festival. I was working as a steward due to lack of funds. It was a fun and weather filled week, which involved plenty of drinking and dancing (both sadly lacking in India). Just what the doctor ordered.

Now I’m crashing at a friends flat, putting together the information needed for our offical publicity event, which will be taking place at the 18th Bristol Juggling and Circus Skills Convention (mid September). So now I’ve let half the cat out of the bag regarding the The Plan; juggling and performance is an integral part of The Plan. Juggling and performance as means of alternative learning and social empowerment.

Well thats enough for now. More details of The Plan will follow in the coming weeks, as I hope this will be an entertaining and informative vista into actualisation of The Plan.

Signing out

Matt