Friday, 26 November 2010
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to create a bespoke trail for the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, which seems to have gone down well. The National Gallery in London were suitably impressed and so I am now creating a "Katie" trail for the Trafalgar Square gallery. This time I have a co-author, the brilliant Caroline Marcus, who I met during the Take One Picture project at a school in Hitchin. She is a mine of fascinating information and an ideal colleague.
The trail will be launched during the February half term at the National Gallery. Here are some preliminary sketches for it - I'm excited, and I think it's going to be a lovely thing for children to explore the gallery with.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Over the past few months I have hinted at a TOP SECRET PROJECT and now I am able to reveal what it is. After a few weeks of meeting and discussions I have agreed to licence the theatrical rights in Katie to SPLATS ENTERTAINMENT.
This is a theatre, circus and education company who specialise in small or midscale productions of classic stories, and accompany these with “make a play days” in schools, involving children in all parts of the process.
Mike Redwood, theatre director, wanted to work with a living author rather than a dead one, and as his children loved the Katie books, he approached me and here we are, with a contract in place and lots of ideas and plans for Katie’s theatrical debut.
Work begins early next year with some school workshops. From there Mike and his team will develop a play that will eventually become a professional production with a team of actors and will use puppetry and special effects. As Mike himself said : “I want this to be really magical!”
I will of course be posting regularly about progress. We hope the play will be ready for it to be presented in a London theatre by Christmas 2011, although that remains fluid. The exciting thing is that I will be involved with how it develops and – excitingly – how it looks. With my longstanding interest in theatrical set design, I just can’t wait! Hurrah!
What a wonderful piece of news to conclude a year of 21st Anniversary celebrations for Katie!
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
While Katie has been basking in the the glory of her 21st anniversary celebrations in Paris and at the National Galleries this year, her little friend Ella Bella has been having her own fun. On Sunday 7th November, two performances of "Stories from the Ballet" took place in Hatfield, both really well attended, and you can read a lovely review on a Cambridge Art School student blog. Just click in the words below:
And I've posted about it myself on Ella's own blog. Again, click below to link:
James Mayhew presents Ella Bella Ballerina
But today it's back to Katie as I am going to London to meet two people at the National Gallery. One is Caroline Marcus who is co-authoring a new "Katie Trail" with me, using Katie and five pictures from the National Gallery, due to be available in February.
The other person is... a TOP SECRET for now but is going to lead to something incredibly exciting. Watch this space!!!