Atom and Luna – a new project from Murray Lachlan Young

Client Collaborative project with Murray Lachlan Young. To be delivered by the new company Funnilwick Limb Ltd Role – Creative Producer The Project The project is currently in R&D (thanks to support from Arts Council England through the National Lottery). Initially in rehearsal rooms, and then in zoom rooms we have been working on developing the story world of twins Atom and Luna. The current plan will see us release the first iteration of the story as a podcast i November 2020, with festival readings acorss 2021 followed by the launch of the play and book in either Autumn 21 or Spring 22. The Story Our heroes, Atom and Luna, (left home-alone by their mother) are saved from starvation by the arrival of the magical child-minder Iffly Sney.  But Iffly falls terribly ill and only the twins can save him. They must seek out the mysterious Old Mother Red-Beard.  And so begins a journey deep into the heart of the forest that will change their  lives forever. The team Lead Artist – Murray Lachlan Young Director – Nina Hajiyianni Designer – Bek Palmer Digital enabler – Paul Long and MBD Ltd Development Performers – Joe Allen and Simone Lewis Co-producers – Action Transport Theatre and Eastern Angles Currently seeking Commissioners for the podcast series Atom and Luna to be released in November / December 2020 Commissioners for the stage show Atom and Luna to be released in Autumn 2021 and touring into Spring 2022 Creative Agents – young people to help us develop the …

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A creative challenge for the young people of Wivenhoe!

Off the Rails has just taken delivery of LOTS of rainbow coloured paper – both A2 (really big) and A3 not quite so big!) size! That’s because we want to create a new exhibition on Platform 2, so that the key workers and others having to use the trains right now have something bright and cheery to look at while they are waiting for their train.So we have a little call out for any budding artists out there who’d like to help us brighten their days with some art! The brief is simple….We’d like you to draw, paint or collage a picture that either… *Says a big thank you to our keyworkers… *Is a picture of hope for the future… *Or does both those things! We’d also love you to hide a rainbow in your picture somewhere so passengers can play “where’s the hidden rainbow” whilst they wait for their train! For info: A3 card will be displayed PORTRAIT (long edge at the sides) with 4 images per frame A2 card will be displayed LANDSCAPE (that’s short edges at the sides) with 2 images per frame If you’d like to be part of the exhibition, you can order some card by emailing me at linleymatt@gmail.com or message me via the Off the Rails facebook page! Let me know how many pieces you want and what size, and I’ll happily cycle round and drop the card off. And when you’re done you can let me know and we’ll arrange collection, and …

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Raddlesham Mumps Activities for Young People

The team behind the Raddlesham Mumps are currently making their new show. And we need your help! More precisely we need your young peoples help! Here we all are in our online rehearsal room We want you to think about Old Mother Redbeard. One of the main characters in the story…but because of this lock down we cant go and find her, we cant go and see where she lives. But we do know she lives deep in the heart of the forest. So we would love you to draw us a map which takes us to her home, deep in the forest somewhere that has never been discovered. And we’d like you in your map to show us the obstacles that Luna and Atom have to overcome in getting to Old Mother Redbeard. We’d love you to draw the map in any way you like – you can use pictures or words – and the last thing we want you to do is to tell us what the truth is that the children discover when they finally get to where Old Mother Redbeard lives. Here we are again talking about some of the things we think we know about Old Mother Redbeard:- , Send your maps and drawings to funnilwicklimb@gmail.com – we cant wait to see them! You can also find some more Raddlesham Mumps themed activities over on our web pages. There are digital versions on the MBD site here https://www.mbd.limited/education and downloadable worksheets on the Raddlesham Mumps …

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The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps is nominated for two saboteur awards

We’re very excited to announce that Murray Lachlan Young’s THE MYSTERY OF THE RADDLESHAM MUMPS has been nominated for not just one, but two SABOTEUR awards this year. We’ve been nominated for BEST SPOKEN WORD SHOW and BEST COLLABORATION. The awards are by public voting, and voting is now open, so if you would like to support us do vote here. The Saboteur Awards are a staple element of the UK’s independent literary scene. Year upon year, the awards celebrate writers, performers & publisher’s personal achievements from the last twelve months in the industry. Through a round of public votes, the awards pride itself on putting forward winners chosen by the public, rather than by a board of peers.  These nominations come at a particularly key time for us. It’s just over a year since we first opened the show at the Lakeside Theatre (University of Essex). Since then the show has been performed some 30 odd times to audiences of over 3,000 with our digital elements (the soundtrack, the VR, the tablet game, and so on) reaching a further 4,300 people. Of course, right now we would have been on tour with the show – but Covid 19 has sadly put our plans on hold. However, if you’ve not seen the show yet you can listen to our studio album free of charge here As well as being nominated for Best Spoken Word Show its brilliant to have been nominated for Best Collaboration in recognition of the fact that …

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Help us make the new Murray Lachlan Young show – Iffly Sney and the Tandlesham Nook

About this time last year we were in final rehearsals in Colchester for The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (our first performance was at the Lakeside Theatre in Essex on 11th April) Now we are beginning the process of making our new show together IFFLY SNEY AND THE TANDLESHAM NOOK – and we’re looking to recruit a team of young Creative Agents to help that develop the story. Could that be you/your child??? Ideal for the curious child, whose interested in words and language and / or who has a wild imagination! The project should be a great stimulus for creative writing and thinking as well as encouraging storytelling and design skills . Sign up for you and your child to help us make Iffly Sney and the Tandlesham Nook ‘Soaked in atmosphere…..six year old Hilda gives it 10 out of 10: a really hilarious show’ The Guardian on The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps Iffly Sney and the Taddlesham Nook is a new folktale-inspired show telling the story of brother and sister Atom and Luna and their quest through a magical forest in the company of Iffly, the kindly giant and the mysterious Old Mother Redbeard.   In order to tap into the minds of future audiences, Murray and our fab creative team are looking for youngsters aged 7+ to assist in the creative process. The idea is to involve children in both the making of the new show ……..  “It’s a brilliant project,” said Murray Lachlan Young, “the …

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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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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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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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