The return of the Scribble happened with a boom, a packed room and plenty of pies (courtesy of Norman Loves)! We are incredibly excited to have found the perfect venue for our patchwork shenanigans: introducing, The Fox & Phoenix..
Very close to Finsbury Park station the Fox is a veritable rabbit hole in the midst of a normal office block on a normal street, but what pleasures await inside!... They've created a wonderland complete with Narnian wardrobe and forest, a grand piano; a room painted from floor to ceiling with universal space, and a living room-esque stage area. We set up a table of Lego for people to play with and let the good times roll.
Laurie Innes is a visual artist and performer who created a stunning installation for us incorporating the 3D shadow puppet of a brain as its centrepiece. Suspended in space, lit with overhead projectors & twisting gently like a chandelier, it created shadows against a colourful backdrop. Laurie was trying out some ideas for a performance which promises to be spectacular.
Our first act of the evening was musician and programmer Arthur Carabbot, who uses his tech knowledge to inform his music. He performed 3 tracks for us, which combined the precision of maths with the freedom of music - improvising within them, if you can believe it!
Studio Yes have been going from strength to strength since they started up last year, working with such esteemed clients as Lidl, Revlon and the lads from The Only Way is Essex. We showed a few videos from their comedy channel 'Yes It's Funny'. Learn how to chop an onion here, Jamie Oliver style...
Effie Pappa and some of her team came down and showed their multi award winning film, 'My Stuffed Granny', a beautifully crafted stop motion animation based on a story by Nina Kouletakis.
Perhaps the people's favourite of the evening was magician Stuart Lightbody who is a sleight of hand artist on tour from Cape Town. I didn't manage to get a picture of him, but I did get one of the audience reacting to one of his tricks, which I THINK says it all...
At Scribble Pie we like to be topical, and next up we had an entire ELECTION SECTION, kicking off with one of my favourite stand-up comedians, Joe Bor trying out some new material about how David Cameron is like a bad housemate. Joe's in the middle of a national tour, and you can catch him performing around the UK if you're lucky - follow him on Twitter for updates @JosephBor.
Next up, an Ed Miliband rap that the Independent described as being 'so bad it's good'. A collaboration between Sam Ojari & Adam Janota Bzowski. You may recognise the main man Mr Amer Chadha Patel as our Ed (or not - I didn't). Such a versatile performer!
Some of you may have heard tell of a legend among men, the veritable Captain Liability Eden. As well as being one of the main brains behind our venue, the Fox & Phoenix, he was also our host for the evening, announcing acts with a combination of carefully cultivated irreverence and aplomb. To the 'Only Fools and Horses' theme tune he sang us a ballad in the style of a Tory Toff, and it truly was the stuff of nightmares.
Bob Benedict are a curious directing duo from London. They make epically picturesque short films with strange undertones and hidden depths. It's a shame they're so difficult to work with. Anyway, here's a film they made with me in it. They let me keep the bum bag. And screen it.
Dafty are a brilliant London based comedy collective, and we showed a few of their sketches. This is my favourite and stars Scribble Pie 'Go To Guy' Amer Chadha Patel. AGAIN.
KHUSHI performed 4 new tracks for us, beautiful, haunting tunes that seemed to bridge the gap between sexy and angst (what gap?) I last saw KHUSHI play at Wilderness festival, and it's always a treat, he's like a modern day Smashing Pumpkin with a nice polite manner and a penchant for heavy beats. You can hear one of his tracks 'In The Sun' below, but we got NEW STUFF, people, NEW STUFF. Also featuring Arthur Carabbot and Josh Stadlen, although Khushi did ask them to leave to make it 'less awkward' #DIVA
The night ended with something very special - a hostage situation game run by resident games expert Matt Lees. Matt is a freelance reviewer and player of all types of games be they computerified or on a board... or just a group of people negotiating verbally, like this. I recently accompanied him to a Megagame involving 350 people and some aliens, but that's another story...
2 Rooms & a Boom involves people being split into 2 teams in 2 different rooms, but nobody knows who's on which team. One team have to save the President from being blown up by the bomber, and the other team have to... blow the President up. Unfortunately, in this case, the President was blown up, along with the rest of us, but no one made a fuss about OUR needless deaths, sad face.
Check out the fabulous world of Matt Lees on his website. An inspiration to us all...
A new feature this Scribble Pie was a photography competition... Here are some of the entries, winner to be announced soon. The prize is a Personal Assistant for half a day, and the runners up get a packet of Salt 'n' Vinegar crisps.
NEXT SCRIBBLE PIE DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON - THEY WANT US TO DO IT MONTHLY, YEAH!
Drawing upon the eccentric world of twitchers, and inspired by the wonderful sex lives of birds, The RSPLB is an amateur bird watching society and expert dating agency.
The RSPLB is an entirely immersive experience; brought to life by a team of performers offering a wealth of ornithological and romantically inspired activities.
Based in London and Berlin, Emergent Behaviour is a live art performance duo who do striking, experimental site specific pieces that challenge the audience's relation to the space.
Verity Standen is a composer and singer based in Bristol. She is Musical Director for immerssive theatre company Living Structures. For Scribble Pie she performed 5 part a capella harmonies with her group The Antique Women.
Spearheaded by Research Analysts Dr Colledge & Dr Campbell, the Krakatoa Research Lab has used Scribble Pie audience as test subjects for over 3 experiments, including the infamous neon hand painting of 2013, which was conducted in the dark.
Stuart Lightbody is a multi-award winning sleight‑of‑hand artist and psychological illusionist based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Roxy Velvet is a true blue burlesque darling, theatrical vaudeville performer, aerialist, director, presenter and now, tattoo artist. Originally trained in the fine arts and drawing, Ms Velvet delivers aesthetically polished and fabulously glamorous stage shows. Reminiscent of a latter-day calendar girl, her stage persona combines disarmingly seductive attributes with old-fashioned poise.
Roxy Velvet's Scribble Pie performance was perhaps my favourite of all - in a small, intimate space she performed one of her routines on an aerial hoop. Wearing exercise clothes and with the music playing low from the next room we were given an unusual insight into the mechanics of the art. We could see her muscles working and hear every breath, recognising at the closeness, the effort it takes to look so effortless.
'Roxy Velvet has a vast array of fabulous costumes and props, most notably her Birdcage, a custom-built 11ft high birdcage with an integrated arial rig. This visually stunning prop combined with Roxy's passion for sartorial sparkle creates an enchanting and nostalgic interpretation of burlesque. She is recognized for her skill with fire manipulation, magic, fan dancing, aerial hoop and silks and regularly performs en pointe.
Roxy Velvet performs throughout Europe and models for various fashion labels and magazines.'
Both Khushi & Amer are regular contributors. They once performed a version of You Say in a bath at Scribble Pie... Here's the same song, but this time performed on a roof...
Robin and Partridge are Comedians.
The Purple Ladies is a collective of performers working with physical expression to create visual and atmospheric performances. Between each other they encourage creative process and dialogue, exchange ideas, challenge and support each other’s individual work, initiate collaborations, swap roles of director and performer, organize purple events, and facilitate performance workshops & training. They want to inspire women in their community and across the world.
Laurie Innes is an interdisciplinary artist and performer, experimenting with shadow puppetry. At Scribble Pie he performed a monologue from his shadow puppet show.
Dave Taylor is a musician and performer whose live juke box has become an institution at music festivals. People can choose from hundreds of songs and he'll play them live, as long as you put 10p in his hat. Here he is at Scribble Pie:
Food that makes you smile on the inside.
What started out as a soup making enterprise quickly morphed and expanded into supplying cafes, supperclub hosting and events catering. For Scribble Pie Norman Loves, run by Kate Elizabeth Bentley and Jenny Parker, create bespoke mini pies with intriguing flavours...
'Kate and Jenny met working at a cafe in North London, Jenny in the kitchen and Kate front of house, they became friends whilst entertaining each other through quiet Friday night shifts. Jenny, a recent Nutrition graduate and Kate, a real life living and thriving vegan, shared a love of honest, healthy food and cooking and an understanding that eating meat at the levels which society does isn't sustainable. Motivated by a desire to create non-elitist healthy vegetarian food which offered vegetarians and meat-eaters alike genuinely tasty alternatives to meat and dairy dishes, Norman Loves was born.'
Kristian Andrews is an animator and illustrator. Here is one of his films.
Mikey Please is a regular contributor to Scribble Pie, and we were thrilled to host not only the premiere of his BAFTA winning short, but also work in progress presentations at various stages of its development. People who attended the different events were able to see the work developing and share in the excitement when the piece won many prizes.