Day 2 CTW March Meet
So last night there was an openmic night at Contact after a few Mc’s and singers performed. However the biggest response of the night was from our very own CTW Crew! Gai had written a poem that day in Thai and Tan asked me to translate it! K. I did my best and they took to the stage, Tan read the translation whilst Gai played the Flute, they thenswapped over, Gai reading the original poem in Thai. After the poem Gai then broke out into a rap in the style of the MC’s from earlier in the evening…..classic!
So today was a more formal day,meeting a lot of people and doing some provisional planning for festival week.We met Frilly the company evaluating the festival, the Tech Team, Marketing Team and the folks in the seat of power as far as us eating festival week!
We got a quick blogging lesson,learning how to blog properly on the Contact website, so yes, I am now officiallya blogger!
We had an hour & halfworkshop with Montse where we began to prepare for the workshops with theschools tomorrow. Then after dinner we got to chill for an hour or so before wegot to watch a dress rehearsal of a performance of Wizard in Contacts Space 2.
Overall it’s been a good day,all the reps are familiar with each other now so we are all getting alongreally well with each other and having some good times which I’m sure is only abrief snippet of how much fun the actual week is going to be!
Day 2 CTW Manchester………DONE!
Today was our third and final day of the March meet and what a busy day! Had an early start as Tan & Gaiinvited all the rep’s to their highly superior apartment, having a 2ndfloor, for breakfast! So myself, Danielle from Trinidad & Tobago’s Wordsmiths’group and Montse started our day with a Thai breakfast of pork steak, salad, anolive omelette and something with some sort of finely slice meat withmushrooms! OH! And I had a Kiwi yogurt for afters . Tan also wanted to startcreating a film this morning also which produced some joke moments!
When getting to Contact we had acouple of hours to go over our workshop plans and what was going to be happening when the schools arrived before breaking for a speedy lunch.
After lunch we had a photo shoot with the festival photographer, which was awkward for me because I hate photos lol.
The schools arrived earlier than expected so we got ourselves into the space and prepared for the sound of school children…. Baba introduced each school to their ‘Twins’ and each was followed by a intro video about the group, except for Wordsmiths who performed via telepresence! With their rep performing live! After more photos with theschools we broke off to begin workshops. These where really good and the kids really responded well and seemed to really enjoy learning from their ‘Twins’.
After the schools left we thenhad no time to rest as we needed to tech and prepare for our preview eveningwhere we had to perform a small snippet of performance. This was quite excitingbecause it just brought it all to life. The evening went as follows; CYACperformed a 5min piece as the hosting company, Wordsmiths performed anothertelepresence performance, Tan & Gai performed a piece of music with themplaying their flutes live on stage, straight after that I went on and performeda piece of spoken word written by our very own Mia Johnson which was backed byour Thai Twin playing the flute to the poem which worked AMAZINGLY well! Really showing the integration of the twinning, yeah that’s right we rocked it! Then there was another telepresence with a dancer and bass player/beat boxer in NewYork, Tan & Gai playing the flutes live, the rep from Nigeria’s CrowneTroop dancing live and also a dancer from Manchester’s Boundless which createdso many interesting images it was great! Then to bring the evening to an endBoundless rained it in for us.
After a huge Turkish buffet at a really nice restaurant and trying to meet all the others in the Manchester groups that brings our last day to an end
Bringing Thailand to Nottingham!
So! After a saddening little farewell meeting of the reps in Tan & Gai’s room this morning, we had saidour goodbyes and Me Tan & Gai set sail for Nottingham, or, set rail Ishould say. We got to Nottingham in the afternoon and en route to the hotel Idecided to take the boys to meet the wondrous Mia at her place of work so theycould put a face to the poem.
After checking them in I letthem settle for a few hours and I returned to my humble abode. I met back upwith them a few hours later and took them on a small tour of the city centre.Gai had already said he wanted to meet Robin Hood as he wants to be one of the Merry Men lol, so I made sure we got to go to the castle. We got to go in acouple of art galleries and luckily there was a global market in the MarketSquare so that was nice to go around, we all decided to try something new soTan and me had Kangaroo Burgers for the first time and Gai had an Ostrich Burger for the first time. Yes that’s right we ate Skippy! He tastes pretty darn good too!
Proving that Nottingham is a lotsmaller than Manchester, we saw around half of YARD in town! This was good in away because the guys could meet before the meal.
7pm was the time we introducedTan & Gai to one of the most crucial parts of the culture of YARD…….Nandos! We all met in Nandos and were tightly packed into a cubicleto chow down on the holiness that is peri peri chicken. We devoured those carcass’with great force, said farewell to Zara as she departed for Paris and welcomed our Twin’s to the neighbourhood.