Welcome to our newsletter
February has been a busy month with a focus on poetry, we held a poetry skills workshop for all Ambassadors and these poems were then showcased at the Odysseys Presents event, this time hosted by Bristol.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone for the next skills workshop on Tuesday 2nd March.
We have been working with a new group people living with the effects of in London, writing and rehearsing original music, movement and working with a composer and an animator on a new piece called Forget Me Nots…we will be sharing with you in the Spring.
On the 12th February Odysseys Presents came live from Bristol!
Ambassadors from London, Reading and Bristol came together to share their own original work – to read stories and poems, perform songs, show artwork – we even had an open mic session. The next event is happening on 30th April and will be hosted by the London Ambassadors.
Call for volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to support a play reading of Leslie’s short play at the next Odysseys Presents on 30 April. If anyone was interested, do let us know. We are looking for three or four people to work together to perform this. firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Janice, Andy, Julie, Pete, Hazel and Marcus share their original piece ‘The masks we wear’ and a selection of their art work.
To view the full event, please visit the Rosetta Life Facebook page.
The launch of the National Centre for Creative Health on 9th March
Odysseys is going to offer a presentation at the launch of the National Centre for Creative Health on 9th March, we are hoping that we will manage to tell more people about the strength of your voices and how we are able to change the story of brain injury.
The Pandemic Response
We have managed to work successfully throughout the pandemic and have secured funding to film all our next series of sessions so that we can create an online learning programme for artists and health care practitioners.
We are creating a “living laboratory” of research in a studio from April and are looking for four London – based ambassadors to work with Melanie and Lucinda in a studio and live stream each workshop to people at home. Please get in touch with Jennie if you are interested. You will need to be able to attend each session for twelve weeks from Tuesday 20 April – 6 July in a physical space in South London.
Skills workshop Tuesday 2nd March
Please join us at 2pm on Tuesday 2nd March for a skills workshops in Movement with dance artist Louise. There are 20 spaces available so please let Jennie know if you can attend.
Your space to share art work.
Send your work to Jennie for the next newsletter email@example.com
Lil, London company.
Lil, London “A Lucien Freud, though I used the colour blue, the original was black”
Sonia, Reading company
Vase of flowers.
Oil on canvas.
We hope you will join us on Tuesday 2nd March at 2pm for a skills workshop with dance artist Louise. Please let Jennie know if you can attend firstname.lastname@example.org
We will see you on Monday 8th March for a session with the London Ambassadors for Odysseys presents.
In London we begin recruiting new members in March and we will be showcasing a new piece of work that has been made in workshops every Tuesday over the last 12 weeks. If you know of an organisation that would like to refer people to the project and receive a screening of the film, please let us know.
Odysseys presents, our online cabaret event, will be hosted by London Ambassadors in April. If you would like to contribute, please contact us.
We hope to see you for the skills workshop on 2nd March and for the odysseys presents planning session on Monday 8th March
The Reading group have been devising the next part of the opera – Weathering the Storm. The libretto will be shared with the group on 26th February. Rehearsals will begin in June for a performance on the 30th July.
Reading Ambassadors have also been supporting our work remotely at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Reading group will be hosting Odysseys Presents in June.
2nd March Skills Workshop – all welcome.
8th March Odysseys Presents planning meeting – London and Bristol
9th March – Launch of National Centre for Creative Health, Lucinda and Pauline will be presenting
30th April – Odysseys presents
Films from 2020
Recap – some of the work we couldn’t tour last year with you.
We’re Going Places – Reading
Zig Zag – Bristol
Choochi – London
Through the Window – London
Learn from Us – London
I Look For The Think – Whole Company and Garsington Opera Adult Community Company
As we head into Spring and we ease our way out of lockdown, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts on the path ahead. Here’s a poem from Fiona, asking us not to rush…
Out out let's go out into the world Mask on face Take time - no race Too much noise Too many birds Too much traffic Too many nerves Onto the bus, don't sit too close Please don't sneeze Please don't cough Please keep your distance please don't ask me a question. Into the shops, what will it be? People smile with their eyes Please help, a surprise People just want to say hello. I can do this again Later on, after my rest...