The Narrativium Projects
Young artists devised, wrote and performed a multimedia show; ‘stories from the future’, Food Future, based on the scientists’ work on the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project. It was performed at the Midland Arts Centre in front of an appreciative 70-strong audience on 27th September 2014.
Their work was based on our commissioned piece of writing: One family, four futures by Keith and Ellie Richards. The image (left) is of one of the four young performers, Sipho Eric Dube.
Narrativium II: A Geography of Birmingham in 100 Meals
The idea for this ‘100 meals’ project was sparked by Jim Parle’s memorable remark during the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project, eating is social glue. Its purpose is to bring together people from across the city to share each other’s company over good food. We ran a pilot project in 2015 led by Tom , from which we learned a lot, in particular what not to do.
We’re now planning a follow-up major project which will involve the collection and collation of lots of interesting data and factoids about the food we eat as well as about the city itself.
Narrativium III: The Hand That Feeds: A musical about food crime
We commissioned and are currently in rehearsal for a song cycle about food crime. Unlike the composer who has a more sophisticated musical view of the world than I do, I like to think of rock-opera-meets-Greek-chorus-meets-community-choir-meets-jazz-composition . . . It was first performed in front of St Martins in the Bullring on 14th May 2016 twice, at midday and at 2:30pm and will be performed again, live at midday on 10th June 2017 near St Cuthbert’s Church in Castle Vale, and again at 1pm on 13th June in Victoria Square, Birmingham. Be there!
It is huge fun to do. Much more than fun of course — the content is about food crime and its impact, plus the science behind both the unscrupulous criminals and those who find ’em. Watch this space.
We’re grateful to our sponsors (see right) without whom this madcap project couldn’t have got off the ground let alone happen.
and in the pipeline:
Narrativium IV: Beatfreeks Comms project & Birmingham Food Council
We’re lending the name to the Birmingham Food Council who, together with the brilliant Beatfreeks guys, are applying for funding to use the arts to communicate the evidence base behind the work the Food Council are doing.
Finally, here’s info about why we set up the Narrativum Projects — why ‘narrativium’, and when it all began. (Yes, we owe Terry Pratchett!)