26 Nov 2012

Land of Lower Gardenia 2012

Land of Lower Gardenia


Land of Lower Gardenia. Ever-smiling camp staff. Image: Mel Bray/ The Girls/ Wulf Theatre

Land of Lower Gardenia, a cross-disciplinary performance, was a special commission for Arts Bournemouth as part of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2012. It took place on the festival’s opening weekend in Bournemouth’s Lower Pleasure Gardens, England, on Saturday 29th September 2012. A team of over fifty local people, mostly volunteers, were involved in its production.


Land of Lower Gardenia. Image: Mel Bray/The Girls/Wulf Theatre


Land of Lower Gardenia. Image: Mel Bray/The Girls/Wulf Theatre
Wet Picnic. Image: Mel Bray/The Girls/Wulf Theatre

Land of Lower Gardenia was created & produced by The Girls and Wulf Theatre

Film Production by Many Chefs Broth
Artistic Direction by The Girls and Wulf Theatre
Performance Direction by Alice Flynn
Visual Direction by The Girls
Chorus Direction by Ali Sharpe
Sound Design by Nebulous Flynn

The Girls are Zoe Sinclair & Andrea Blood




PLAYERS

Ivy Flosswick.......................... Miss Catherine Gilchrist
Eugenie Lovelast.................... Miss Sammy Lee
Gillian Grintassential.............. Ms Kate O’Malley
Veronica Bristlethwaite.......... Ms Chanti Porter
Yvonne Pond-Etchels............ Ms Gillian Roberts
Bernie Starks..........................Mr Caine Stanton

Brenda Winsome-Punch....... Miss Portia Barrow
Gaynor Fair.............................Mrs P
Barry Weather ........................The Chairman
Frances Dance.......................Miss Felicity Crabb
Sedimenta Pebble..................Miss Hazel Evans
Mr Chicken..............................Mr Daniel Kalkowski
Gladys Crumb-Emmanuel......Mrs Susan Northcott
Blanche Burdenlock............... Mrs Nicola Rider
Mrs A Sharpe..........................Mrs Ali Sharpe
Norbert Albright.......................Mr Craig Norman
Dorothy Albright...................... Mrs Leah Watts
Lucille Albright.........................Miss Sophie Griffiths
Ned Albright............................ Miss Stacy Stroud

CHORUS
Mr Rien Doorn
Miss Rosemary Edwards
Mrs Helen Gialias
Dame Jo Gullespie
Mrs Tracy Herman
Ms Noel Holmes
Ms Linda Joyce
Mrs Cathy Jupp
Miss Sarah King
Mrs Melinda McCheyne
Mrs Sarah McDonald
Mr Bob Sharpe
Mr Isaac Sigley
Ms Solange Sira
Miss Maxine Sira-Byrne
Miss Brunhilda von Austrasia

COSTUMES / PROPS DEPARTMENT

Installations / tableaux conceived by The Girls and Wulf Theatre
Large head (rockery tableau) modelled by Holly Tomkins / HT Modelmakers
Props Consultant: Denise Poote
Props Man: Marcus Edgar

Costume / Props / Set Painting:
The Girls
Denise Poote
Sarah Bounds
Rose Courage
Marcus Edgar
Rosemary Edwards
Melinda McCheyne
Susan Northcott
Bren Rudland
Leah Watts

Installation Team (Lower Gardens):
Chris Anderton
Lyle Anderton
Marcus Edgar
Andy McCheyne
Make-up Design: Denise Poote / The Girls
Make-up / Wardrobe Team:
Denise Poote
The Girls
Ilse Black
Anne Hunter
Alison Summers-Bell

Still Photography: Mel Bray

Identity: Bear & Bird Design

Sound Technician: Jordan Cooper

Special thanks to:
The Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival team, especially Carol Maund, Kerry Curtis, Stuart Barrett, Sue Buck
Councillor Ian Lancashire
Marcus Edgar
The Everitt family
The Flynn family
The Ross family
Matthew Kreyzig
Ali & Bob Sharpe
The Poote / Anderton family
Mel Bray
Bren Rudland
Sarah Bounds
Melinda McCheyne
Alison Summers-Bell
Pat Phethean / St Peter's School
Lorna Rees
HT Modelmakers
Parks Team Bournemouth
Bournemouth Street Lighting Team
Pavilion Bournemouth
Pavilion Dance
YMCA Southbourne
YMCA Winton
Sutton Vane Associates
Columbia Timber
Bournemouth Echo

And a huge thank you to everyone involved who generously contributed their time to this project!

Land of Lower Gardenia. The Cast. Image: Many Chefs Broth/The Girls/Wulf Theatre



The following poem is an imagining, my response to what might or might not have happened on the night. If you were there you might, or might not, have seen this. Such is the way of things in the Land of Lower Gardenia.

Ice-cream Melts


Pebble, Pond-Etchels,

Flosswick and Starks,

Lovelast & Alrbight all stuck in the past.

Grintassential, Crumb-Emmanuel

Bristlethwaite too

smiling, at your service

we're having fun, aren’t you?



Pack your bags and

say hello

as promettes bustle by

“Enchant├ę” is thrown away

a toothy, desperate decoy

“Busy, Busy!”

Gladys Crumb-E and Brenda

Winsome-Punch

thrust a map into your hand

and whisper

“Time to run!”



Mrs. A. Sharpe feels rather flat

as the choir rehearse their words

her shining cast of summer dregs

all straining to be heard.

They drop props and do their best

for their fifteen minutes on loop

the same old show

forevermore

they jump and miss her hoop.

Mrs. A, she screeches

As the choir sings cheerfully on,

camp guests, in Techinicolor best.

This show, it must go on.



Sedimenta Pebble was a star of stage and screen

now a living statue

she is rapidly turning green

moss grows and the cracks now show

she stands as you pass through

counting the hours until her lunch

in this endless summer revue.

Gaynor Fair & Barry Weather:

tricks and jokes abound,

they laughed their hardest long ago

yet still they tramp the grounds.

“Is this your card?” Of course it is,

time for a biscuit now, oh how we danced,

let’s sing a song

“Altogether now!”



Happy is the family

that trips around all day

delighting in simple pleasures

that don't change in any way.

Norbert’s flask won’t open

Wet picnic, the kids are in tears,

Pose for the photo now, says Mummy,

and grin from ear to ear!



Frances Dance has

no red shoes, but she carried a watermelon.

Summer romance, hesitant feet, ripped up blouse and fading dreams,

Frances

dances

on.



Blanche and Mr.Chicken

think thoughts they’ll never share

to run away into the night

a passionate love affair.

Disguised as he is, a mascot,

he’d take her under his wing.

But Blanche Burdenlock

is stuck

in this everywhere in between.



She’s packing and unpacking

pacing to and fro'

ready to go and

just arrived

in perpetual paradise.



Welcome campers, welcome all!

Under the moonlight sun:

days and nights suspended

a constant state of fun

half way up and half way down

half a smile and half a frown

L-O-L-G

Sing it louder!

Shout it out!

L-O-L-G

We

love you!



(And now repeat.

Yes, you)





Land of Lower Gardenia: The Promettes. Image: Mel Bray/The Girls/Wulf  Theatre




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