Listen to the whole of The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps for free

In isolation? Looking for something to listen to with your children? Or with anyone for that matter – perfect listening for anyone aged 7 to 107 Disappointed to hear that we’ve had to postpone performances of The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps in Ipswich, London, Scarborough, Hull, Brighton or Oxford? Well we have something for you….. ‘It was incredible…8 year old mesmerised, parents also mesmerised. LOVED IT. Go’ Jo Fletcher Cross Throughout the period of UK isolation we’ve made The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps audio book available free of charge. You can listen in here:- ‘THIS! THIS! See this! Young, old and everyone before, after and inbetween! @MurrayLYoung’s latest masterpiece (and he’s had a few). ‘ Matt Everitt (BBC 6 Music) We hope you enjoy it! And if you do please share with friends and family leave a comment on twitter (@crispinclumps @murraylyoung) , on facebook or on instagram Go and play the prequel of The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps online too – just head to Google Play store and search Raddlesham Mumps! Or if you have an Oculus Go head to the Go store and search Raddlesham Mumps Help support our artists even more by heading to Arun’s band camp to buy some of his other incredible music, or why not consider buying the book The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps complete with beautiful illustrations by Julie Verhoeven book a ticket to see the show when this awful virus has left us ‘This absolute gem’ Kate Labno …

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The Raddlesham Mumps buzz blog

Here’s just some of the incredible feed back we’ve had so far from the tour of The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps ‘It was incredible…8 year old mesmerised, parents also mesmerised. LOVED IT. Go’ Jo Fletcher Cross ‘Just seen the beautifully staged #RaddleshamMumps at @WiltonMusicHall with @ijoeallen being utterly brilliant & the fiercely clever @MurrayLYoung delivering in fine style’  Marcus Brigstock ‘THIS! THIS! See this! Young, old and everyone before, after and inbetween! @MurrayLYoung’s latest masterpiece (and he’s had a few). ‘ Matt Everitt (BBC 6 Music) ‘Murray Lachlan Young is one of our greatest children’s writers as far as I can see’ Barbara Pierson, Artistic Director, Lakeside Theatre’  ‘This absolute gem’ Kate Labno ‘Pure genius – utterly exhillerating from start to finish. Smiled from ear to ear in wonder and awe of its and your brilliance. It should be on the curriculum. A must see for all’ Victoria Grant ‘Hillarious and gripping storytelling’ Ginni Manning ‘Fabulous show!’ Jordi M Asher What a night! Congratulations team #RaddleshamMumps – you sure know how to entertain an audience of all ages. – Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall ‘Great script/poem, very comedic, very gothic, an all round great tale!’ Finn T Just breathtaking. The writing, the direction, the music, the costume, the pace, every detail was extraordinary….GO GO GO see this show ‘So cleverly written and performed, and lovely to hear the laughter from the little people in the audience. Reminded me of reading Dr Seuss to mine’ @Lynz0075 ‘As someone who doesnt really ‘do’ theatre I’m …

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Jottings and fragments from #IETMHull

There is something disorientating about being in Hull at an International theatre Meeting (#IETMHull – my first) on the day we should have enacted Brexit, in a City which voted heavily to leave and would almost certainly vote the same again today if given the chance. And to be here on the day Theresa May’s meaningful vote crashed for the third (or is it 2.5th) time. And the very fact I’m here is that my place has been part funded by Start East, a European funded scheme. This is a strange time for you Brits said ITEMs Secretary General Asa Richardsdottir as she threw open the doors to the conference. Strange time or no the sun shone over Hull’s “spires and cranes” , its “ships up streets” and delegates from across the world. ***** ***** ‘They laughed a lot’ (said Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council in his opening comments) when we won Capital of Culture. They aren’t laughing now’ Later plastered all over an empty shop window I see Richard Morrison’s quote from The Times ‘The philistines were wrong: culture can bring a city back to life’ (If anything symbolises the impact of Capital of Culture it’s the army of smiling, enthusiastic, ever helpful volunteers who pop up quite literally everywhere.) ****** ‘We can catch each other right Man Nadzieje I fuckin hope we will’ Ends Middlechilds Us Against Whatever, which in its striking second half brilliantly captured that underlying feeling of disempowerment. Of finally we are given …

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Raddlesham Mumps take flight – in the rehearsal room AND in the animation studio

So this week sees Murray Lachlan Young and the whole Raddlesham team get together to start developing The Mystery of the Raddlesham  Mumps ahead of its opening in April.   Murray of course is an award winning, multi-disciplinary writer spanning the worlds of: poetry, theatre, film, music, lyrics and as much live performance as time allows.  He appears regularly on Radio 4, Radio 2 and is resident poet on BBC 6 Music.   The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps project is based on Murray’s brand-new epic poem of the same name.  The project will sees the team of creatives develop a live show touring 8 venues in April 2019, a wraparound VR and immersive theatre experience as well as releasing an album of the show to go along with the already published book. The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps reflects Lachlan Young’s passion for sweeping, gothic and absurdly comic children’s poetry. With ghosts, witches, fairy folk and a classic tussle between good and evil, the poem has been developed as a book, a CD, and an interactive Virtual Reality experience as well as a lively theatre performance. The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps places young, innocent, curly-haired Crispin, at the centre of the story. When our brave young hero, inherits his parents’ stately home, the eponymous Raddlesham Mumps, the seven-year-old begins a bizarre and entertaining voyage of discovery. With Kenilworth the ancient butler as his guide and confidant, over the course of 100 plus gripping stanzas, Crispin gradually learns the truth behind the …

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Who is playing me asks Crispin as the crowdfunder reaches its last 48 hrs!

As our crowdfunder heads into its last two days things are beginning to hot up. We’re just about to send the mastered recording of The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps off for duplication. But there’s still chance to get yourself into the CD credits by ordering one of our fabulous rewards including download codes, limited edition CD’s, exclusive tickets for guest night, book, cd and ticket packages – even the opportunity to have a performance of The Raddlesham Mumps in your own home! Meanwhile our hero Crispin has been up to his usual tricks and asking awkward questions about the project! Ive got another question @murraylyoung @matthewlinley – that ok — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) December 2, 2018 Er yes if you have to — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) December 2, 2018 So theres a book, a CD, a stage show and this VR pixel thingy — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) December 2, 2018 Yeah. People can already buy the book here https://t.co/MCU2eZlTcM and they can get the CD through our crowdfunder for the next 3 days here https://t.co/be1dy8Y9uA and the play and VR will open in April #mysteryoftheraddleshammumps — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) December 2, 2018 So the play – I’m in it right? — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) December 2, 2018 Ahhh well…. — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) December 2, 2018 Ahh well what! I feel a strop coming on — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) December 2, 2018 OK. Well yes and no. #mysteryoftheraddleshammumps is all about you so you’re in it – but you’re …

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Face Books…the hardback version of social media at Wivenhoe Station’s Off the Rails

I’m in the process of taking over Off the Rails – the brilliant creative programme of art and poetry based in and around Wivenhoe Station, initially started by George and Charmaine McKissock, and more recently led by Deborah Talbot and Sue Dawes. The current exhibition – Book Art and 3-D Collage by Alison Stockmarr has been co-ordinated by Miranda Campbell I’ll be posting more details of the programme for 2019 anon, but for now heres more details on Alison’s  work –   Described as a latter-day borrower Stockmarr’s work has an ethos of storytelling and repurposing at its heart. Using old books and original material she creates: Face Books, a witty take on social media Picture Books, beautifully illustrated book art alluding to the original title Collaged Record Covers, a recent addition of collaged vinyls with her signature, playful, embellishments This Face Book…A Stirring Book for Girls, included in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, is a pithy example of one of her many Face Books that poke fun at social media. The historical patina of her pallet and execution is distilled into scenarios that, at first glance, allude to the past but, upon closer inspection, offer a playful nod to the present. Apertures are cut into books with photographs and ephemera collaged within their pages. These assemblages of everyday archaeologies afford the viewer glimpses of stories or notions, offering an alternative perspective on the contemporary form of communication, Facebook. Over the last 5 years she has created a library of invented friends …

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Day 1, week 3 of R&D on The Stitch Brothers Patchwork Dreams – photo & twitter blog

Today sees the start of another exciting week of R&D for #stitchbrotherspw @Z_arts_mcr with @arunghosh @jasonsinghthing @MatthewLinley @DrawAndCode #tiltbrush and #VR #animation fun !! Bring it ? pic.twitter.com/FwlcmKjUmD — Fabric Lenny (@FabricLenny) November 12, 2018 This week is all about @mimu_gloves @DrawAndCode @googlevr @tiltbrush with The Stitch Brothers Arun Ghosh @fabriclenny Z-arts Matthew Linley. Booyaa! — Jason Singh (@jasonsinghthing) November 12, 2018 Ahh good morning #Manchester. Good to be back in the NW & looking forward to a full on day with #thestitchbrothers (aka @jasonsinghthing @arunghosh @fabriclenny) at the wonderful @Z_arts_mcr . This morning we’re sharing the results of last weeks 2 days playing with @tiltbrush — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 12, 2018 The fact that The Stitch Bros (@jasonsinghthing @arunghosh @fabriclenny) can be rehearsing with both the brilliant @mimu_gloves & @googlevr @tiltbrush is a lot down to the support we have had from @arts_southeast @PRSFoundation & @HelpMusiciansUK . Huge thanks to them all — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 11, 2018       For more information about the project see here

IS VR painful asks Crispin as the crowdfunder count down begins!

So after quite a long silence Crispin (resident almost teenager at Raddlesham Mumps) has broken his silence over twitter. About time too as the countdown clock on our crowdfunder has begun…just 10 days to go.   This is how this evenings exchange played out…. Er @matthewlinley @Uni_of_Essex @mbdtweet @murraylyoung what is this unique VR experience you keep talking about? Are you about to pixelate me? Is it painful? https://t.co/mnuwjJnGOn — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) November 11, 2018 Nothing to worry about – Essex Uni are opening a brand new digital innovation centre just to ensure your pixelation is as painless as possible….. — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 11, 2018 And just so you know @MatthewLinley @MurrayLYoung Ive had my hair done this weekend for the album cover – but you better tell me when the photographers coming as I’m a busy boy https://t.co/mnuwjJnGOn — Crispin Clumps (@CrispinClumps) November 11, 2018 and the fine folk at @MBDtweet will make sure your looking your best . Heres a sneaky peek at another of their VR projects #empiresoldiers just to give you an idea of the kind of thing…. https://t.co/grNt9uyWHU — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 11, 2018 . @CrispinClumps @Uni_of_Essex @MBDtweet @MurrayLYoung and anyway just think of all the fun your friends and audiences will have wondering around Raddlesham Mumps…virtually https://t.co/be1dy8Y9uA — Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) November 11, 2018 Is VR a bit like the trips Uncle Noggin ‘N to the C’ used to talk about, you know the ones before that unfortunate accident with an …

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Notes from a first day at MESS

Perhaps the most striking first impression of my first day at MESS is that this festival of ‘small and experimental’ theatre has as one of its own home venues Sarajevo’s National Theatre – an imposing grand theatre from 1919 (today proudly adorned with Mess banners).  This is no festival ‘confined’ to smaller spaces, or round the corner in the studio.  Rather the buzz as the (sold out) audience gathers for the first event in the National Theatre suggests there is much more a sense of this as a festival for ‘us’, whoever ‘us’ might be.  And on this first night the Sarajevo audience are here in droves.  In the grand foyers a temporary studio has been set up about to go live as the doors to the theatre are flung open.  The whole evening is broadcast live through the festivals partnership with BH.  I love this festivals definition of ‘small and experimental’. Despite the sunshine and the cities beauty the history of Sarajevo is writ large across the streets, and its clearly written across the heart of the festival too.  We are closing the door on hate, opening the door on freedom states the opening speaker; Mess is about creating a space where, without escaping from the darkness of the present day situation we can dream of a brighter future states Festival Director Nihad Kresevljakovic.  And in everything I saw today the audience are responding to its messages of multiculturalism, of internationalism, of openness, tolerance and cosmopolitism. Indeed ‘isms’ (and …

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Via Negativa, The Ninth, Slovenia and sleepers… Mess Festival preview 3

(The preview blogs have been somewhat delayed as access to the internet has been somewhat minimal since I left the TGV in Munich en route to Sarajevo, and the 58th edition of MESS – the theatre festival of small and experimental work from across Europe and the rest of the world). From Munich I’m taking the night train (Lisinki sleeper) through the Austrian Alps , taking me through Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.  Slovenia is the base of Via Negativa who are presenting THE NINTH at MESS on the Saturday night. Set to the entire score of Beethoven’s majesterial Symphony no 9, The Ninth explores the differences, similarities and boundaries between man and animal .  The performers ‘naked and suspicious’….’not sublime but explicit’…’nothing great about us.  Nothing triumphant. Blind by the images they see, deaf by the sounds they hear….looking for a connection with The Animal’. It looks and sounds extraordinary and I cant wait to see it! Via Negativa opens MESS festival on Saturday night at the Sarajevo War Theatre, following the performance of Open for Everything at National Theatre Sarajevo. On their web site Via Negativa describe themselves as:- “In the fifteen years Via Negativa proved to be a project, that dissects the key topics of contemporary existence in the Slovenian and broader European space.” Blaž Lukan VN is a platform for research, development and production of contemporary performing arts. We are focused in devising and exploring different performing strategies, with an emphasis on ethics and liveness of performance practices, …

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