On the 18th March we had a Launch Party for our community musical SWIMBY – Something Wonderful In My Back Yard at the Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Totnes. And here’s a taste of what is was like. The Transition Town musical kickstarter campaign was successful and all systems are go.
Meanwhile we’ve learned that a new production of the egg / Lotte Wakeham RUMPELSTILTSKIN will be mounted at the MAC in Belfast this Christmas. Thomas Hewitt Jones and I are very happy about this :-)
(as the smiley emoticon proves)
Reviews for Rumpelstiltskin:
“Wit, charm and great songs”
“At the very centre of this production is great warmth that captures family values and a healthy sharing of fear alongside the triumph of good over evil.”
“The fairytale is given a comic twist with witty lyrics, a dash of feminism, some socialist leanings and a clutch of lively tunes.”
“…this wonderful adaptation fills the egg stage with tour de force performances from the four cast members, combining great songs, a wonderful script and superbly performed set pieces that produce as good an example of family theatre as you’re likely to see.”
“…but most of all the quality of the rhyming words and lyrics introduced a level of imaginative stretch that we no longer associate with family entertainment.”
“This hugely entertaining production of the classic Grimm tale has been given a musical treatment by a new writing team Matt Harvey and Thomas Hewitt Jones, the result is a highly impressive witty, fast paced and warm-hearted show.”
And there’s a trailer too.Beastie and the Boys, inspired by and featuring Chloe’s wonderful illustrations has had its first Amazon reviews 5*****!
Matt’s previous book is Mindless Body Spineless Mind.
“This book is a miscellany, a well-meaning mélange of stories and poems with a middle section wonderfully illustrated by Claudia Schmid. By turns nebulous, fabulous, frivolous and strange, Mindless Body Spineless Mind contains a motley selection of flotsam and jetsam. It is the literary equivalent of a box of boot sale items.”
At the moment it can only be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – it costs £9.95 plus £1 p&p per book for one or two books. Orders of three or more, p&p free. Say if you want them signed or with dedications. It’ll be available by PayPal and on Amazon soon. There may even be a Kindle version for people with wood stoves.
The very clever people (well, Andrew Brown) at de facto films have edited a showreel from clips left lying around on youtube…
A performance of Thwok is up on youtube…
Say hello on twitter, @mattharvey4
See Events page for further dates
Also available Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books)
Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts (Poetry Trust), Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books) and Mindless Body Spineless Mind. He is married, with one wife. They have two sons.
“Very funny…” Independent
“...not only funny but tender and true” Guardian
“fabulously understated” Dorset Echo
Matt is the creator of Empath Man, who had his own mini-series on Radio 4 – “Very funny, very satirical” The Times – and his recent Edinburgh show also garnered excellent reviews – like these from the Fest magazine and allthefestivals.com.
Interview with writer Tim Kevan on his BabyBarista site.
Meanwhile the film on Transition Towns as broadcast on BBC1 South West is on YouTube and the Transition Town podcast is quite good too.
Matt’s first book for kids Shopping with Dad is illustrated by Miriam Latimer and published by Barefoot Books. Meanwhile The Hole in the Sum of my Parts (pub. The Poetry Trust) is in its 4th imprint as David Hughes' illustrations continue to lure people in…