This special evening to celebrate the launch of After Curfew; an anthology of new work by twelve writers who had each spent a month at Cushendall Tower in Co. Antrim was introduced by founders Michael Pederson and Kevin Williamson. The occasion was also marking the end of a year of Residency at Leith Theatre for Neu! Reekie! with the support of Leith Theatre Trust. Cushendall Tower is owned by the national treasure that is Bill Drummond, who is the publisher of After Curfew and the highlight of the evening was Bill’s quest as to ascertain whether Bill loves Elvis or Elvis loves Bill? Answer to be posted on a wall near you in the near future.
Cinemattic opened the evening with Artalde (2010) Flock, which depicts a lost shepherd in a busy urban setting calling to his sheep. Directed by Asier Altuna this eight minute film is a masterpiece in cinematography and storytelling and is perhaps even more relevant nearly a decade on. The almost tourettes-like calling out by the shepherd brought imagery not unlike the Pied Piper of Harlem.
Further cinema was provided by the World Premier of Mark Cousins short film Alexander’s Film. (featuring music by Mogwai). This told the story of parents Clare and David adjusting to the diagnosis of their son, Alexander, at four years old of the life- limiting condition Niemann Pick Disease. Straightforward it offered an unblinking but sympathetic factual account, alternating between colourful shots of the family contrasted with the monochromatic images of nature.
William Letford shared some of his experience of life in Cushendall Tower and presented The Curfew Tower at 1am from After Curfew along with a poem based on back pain and other spoken word inspired by travels to Japan as an ETOL tutor.
Special guest singer and musician Siobhan Wilson stepped in at the last minute and sang some material from her forthcoming EP Plastic Grave including Behind the Curtain. She has just finished touring in the USA and Canada and is certainly a talent to be watched, especially by Fleabag fans. More can be heard at the launch at Summerhall on 14th December.
Molefe Nong from Soweto performed a short gig during his brief visit to Scotland. It would have been great to hear more of his work and hope to be able to do so in the future. Despite of, or because of losing her purse en route, Glasgow’s Hip-Hop Empress closed the night with a blistering set in which she slaps out words to paint an oral graffiti including Aye ok then which could only have been penned in Scotland. Her cheerful, profanity peppered lyrics rounded off the night with great force.
All this and Apocalyptic Bingo too. So much variety in one evening! Keep up the good work!
Photos courtesy of Kat Gollock
Excellent value at £10 for three hours.