You know the saying?
” curiosity killed the cat , satisfaction brought it back again …”
I wonder why ?
Why the cat ?
Why it’s end ?
Back from what ?
Got to be an answer somewhere?
It seems recently everyone in my PACE world is asking me questions.
” how do I …? ” – type questions
The kind that make me have to find their answer.
Much as I don’t mind, I sometimes wish I could ask them right back.
Our first Culture Club was Curiosity-bound .
Some came because they were curious about what it would be ?
Others because they thought they were cultured , and would be able to answer questions?
I would have said I was part of the second group – I think I’m fairly cultured and can answer questions.
Maybe I should be more curious?
It was a certain “Sophie” who made me ask myself that question.
A passing question in an email she sent , made me remember rhey the whole point of ” the club” was not for ” affected ” arty show , but to engender a feeling of “wanting to know more” within the eager audience who attended.
Wasn’t it me that said , you need to start asking the right questions to get better answers?
Didn’t I urge you to explore beyond the Spires walls , to follow a train of thought through to its practical , and for you most logical conclusion ?
Did curiosity kill your questioning “moggie”
Or did the answer reinvigorate and enlighten you – even if temporarily ?
Hands up…who forgot ?
I forgot to follow through.
No that’s not entirely true. I did partly …
I asked one “SPACE” other of you :
” why is the moon white ?”
A simple almost childlike Question , that came to me , as I saw said celestial body , travelling home one night.
” …why is the moon white ? ”
And answer came there , kind of…back
But it was only a theoretical answer , a thought delivered through school physics recollection, I suppose.
And thiough I kind of got the jist of the argument ( science never being my strong suit ) I wasn’t really satisfied. And the SPACE contingent , wasn’t really bothered either I suppose
The question still hung there – blank and expansive…
” why is the moon white ?”
A pause , while you think ? Maybe not?
But it’s okay , I don’t need you to tell me.
The tangential point of this blog , is to say that we sometimes start down roads and get lost in our desire for answers , side tracked by other things , that take over our minds and therefore can make us appear like we lack focus?
It often takes a moments recollection to remind us of our more curious purpose and so set us – back on track.
(Clue for “a challenge” if ever there is one ? )
Miss Anderson’s question set me back on track – her desire for information for catlike satisfaction clear
– “where do we post our curiosity trail ? ”
I’m glad I can answer that – I can at last legitimise this blog this way ….and say :
This Blog space is a place for CURIOUS MINDS.
(Not really a chat zone , a snapshot or a friends only site…)
This SPACE is : to ask questions and to follow a lengthier creative trail to getting the right answers in PACE
Although we seem very far apart just now , we as a collective of more curious minds , are still wanting PACE answers , whether culturally or practically , our tribal want to learn hasn’t gone (mine included – because as you learn , so do I – you make me better and more knowledgeable because of your natural curiosity and my need to answer it.)
It’s just momentarily things have been been halted – side tracked by the practical business of show or no show business .
But maybe , in this collectively estranged state of PACE play – some curiosity still manages to reign?
Are those in PCB not curious to know if their actual presence in the Abbey on Friday morning will be effective enough in opening the hearts and minds of those “invited guests” , to truly believe in the serious intention of this bid for Paisley glory?
Are you , this cast , not curious about whether a younger person talking at them , voicing opinion , can be instrumental in changing this adult status quo ?
And are you not curious to address your own question – “do I as a young person involved with this city in a creative way not believe, in this show enough to think it stands a chance or more importantly – deserves to be City of Culture 2021 – do I know enough to say it does ? Have I asked enough questions of the people who should know ?
The people being DAVID WALLACE , who not only Champions , but carries “an unwavering belief” in this Bid.
Do you know where Paisley’s rival Coventry is ? or what it has done to so far answer it’s call to bidder glory ?
Do you know where Derry is ? Where Hull is ? What they had in their favour when they were dubbed ” City of Culture
Are you curious to find out ?
(Clue 2 – to a rousing opening challenge)
Or are you not curious enough , but are simply content to just repeat the words given to you , in doing their ” bidding “.
And in Panto land have you not asked questions ? Have you not found out more than when you started , that would lead to more performance Commedia questions , that are waiting still for answers ?
Are you not curious to know how this PANTO will be received compared to last , how it will work as a piece of annual theatre ?
And if on the outside of things presently , what do you most want to know just now ?
I think there is one question however you all want answered, whoever and wherever you may currently be ??
Is it perhaps :
When do we know the VX1 Challenge ? When will we go to Verona again ?
That …I can answer , but something that may cause further inquisition?
The challenge cannot be delivered on Sunday 15th as planned. Fact.
Straight answer – not enough time for me to give it necessary thought, with the demands of other work in PACE
But surely you could issue part 2 – the Firefly Brief ? Fact.
Straight answer – I still haven’t heard back from the last module participant, who are slow as usual to respond to emails saying they need reply . Fact.
(If you suspect this could be you, then contact Colleen , the house collective groupings , can’t go ahead and arrangements for work made , till I know definitively who is taking part. Can I ? )
What I can further add though, is that by Sunday 22nd November – if not before – Firefly 16 will have a clearer direction of their theatre task and can get on the road, if not to Verona , to stating their PERFORMANCE module.
It’s just Christmas PACE life getting in the way just now and I apologise for stopping ” your curiosity ” mid flow .
A revised timetable is pinging its way shortly to you (only in reference to November and December hours- you won’t see much difference other than I have introduced a session with me , to discuss the module brief given on Tuesday 1st December and obviously panto Firelfy with shows that night , will not attend )
I know you will have many , many , many questions you need answered before you can answer your theatre question for March 2016. We will part answer some of these at this session.
But something your voice and body will maybe also begin to answer ” a litlle ” in practical work before that with Chloe and Daniel.
Panto Firefly , you are already well answering that question , but after last nights stage woodland pro- rehearsal , mmmmmm, I wonder ?
So , “in a nut shell” ( and I again I wonder – why a nut shell ?)
I hope things are still going on in your PACE heads?
The cogs are still turning creatively in those ticking minds ?
…and although school maybe turning them a bit grey with more exam pressured learning …you can see some light at the end of academic tunnels, in the shape of future ART , MUSIC, DANCE and ACTING
We all need something to balance the life scales and being a Libran , I currently feel so out of balance with the amount I have on and am just eager to get back to some sense of equilibrium , albeit within an artistic arena.
I’m still curious to know what you think of Suffragette , and a fantastic ( if brutal ) film called ” Beasts of no Nation ” ( currently on Netflix ) which I watched a fortnight ago and was left pretty speechless , by its content
I warn you , not a pretty film ( in respect of its war attrocities) and definitely only for 15+ or younger with parental approval
If that’s not your ” thing ” another film I remembered seeing is – NEVER LET ME GO
With Andrew Garfield ( pre the Social Network ) , Carey Muliigan ( pre Far from the madding crowd , Gatsby , An Education and Suffragette ) and Keira Knightley ( pre-the Duchess )
A harrowing film in a more emotional sense and maybe closer to you in terms of youth appeal which leaves you feeling a bit chilled and a little lost for words.
0hhhh……curiouser and curiouser ( as Alice says )
Soon be back from my necessary stay in PANTOLAND . It’s hard not to get sidetracked there. So much to do , a Royal celebration to create – quel cauche mar!
So if it seems I’m randomly disconnected even in this cyber SPACE , I apologise – aren’t I always telling you to make the effort to connect and aren’t I doing just the same, by being so absent ?
At least Panto cast have their group pages to connect on , and you will too , when other projects get going again.
But for now , it’s a PACE website SPACE / SCENE blog only , to keep you curious ? Is there cyber anyone out there ?
And in answer to your email question Miss “Sophie”:
Post your “Curious” finding here . And keep your ” passionate suffrage ” for the Culture Club room ( 29th November ) – I think , knowing your inquisitive nature. I know you certainly will have lots of questions to ask …
But I’ve one for you this time “Soph” ..!
( incidentally in Greek , your name , means “wisdom ” – the Sophists was the name given to a collective of teachers using philosophy and rhetoric as a tools of education – they believed above all in the excellence and virtue of the mind.
“Sophistry” is therefore the art of wisdom and intellect!
The Art of our Sophisticated Branch indeed !
(Ooo you wise thing you …)
“Why is the moon white ?”
( go follow that to its logical conclusion ….)