Â FDAMH’s Arts and Media Group were invited to participate in Falkirk’s newest festival — For Falkirk’s Sake. The Festival was an artist-led showcase of film makers, writers and artists from around Falkirk and the Media Group took part by performing in Behind The Wall’s Alehouse.
In front of a small, but appreciative, audience the group performed some favourite sketches, including “The SÃ©ance” and the ever resourceful “Aunt Clara”. Poetry readings were done by Steven, Jenny, Jackie, Vera and Gordon and Charlie performed an interesting twist on the parables. Donnie pleased the audience with his singing, performing old favourites “Friends” and “The Drinking Song”. The wonderful Stewart Ritchie was our MC again and was magnificent — as ever- and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his support. That’s a funny, funny man and the audience love him!
Particular congratulations must go to Gordon Brown, who performed in front of a live audience for the first time ever and was spectacularly good — even whilst wearing a pink leotard and tutu!! Well done that man. Gordon said: “It was my first performance and it was very enjoyable. I looked great — even in a pink tutu! I do feel like I’ve got a bit of my confidence back. Looking forward to more!”. We’d also like to thank our performer Bryan Deakin, who did all the rehearsals and performance in between rehearsals for the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony! Above and beyond, Bryan.
In addition to performing on the Thursday, the Media Group and FDAMH service users also participated in the Festival’s art exhibition. This one day “pop up “ art exhibition appeared in BTW’s Alehouse, nestling amongst the tables and chairs of this friendly venue. FDAMH exhibitors showed alongside local artists Ania Sawicz , Agnieszka Niciak-Marciniak and Mandy Gray. Our exhibitors were: Gordon Brown, John Law, Steven McCrystal and Jacquie Gibson. It was all hands on deck to set the exhibition up in quick time on the Saturday morning, but the resulting exhibition looked fantastic with easels, display boards and some installation art. The large colourful canvases from Ania, Agnieszka and Steven transformed the room and the photography attracted much interest too. Jacquie’s beautiful paintings were much admired and Gordon’s mixed media and sculpture sparked many discussions. We also took along some of the Women’s groups “Bonnie Buttons” jewellery and this was very popular, with a good amount of sales. Get gluing girls!
Everyone involved is keen to participate in the Festival again next year and talks of new work being done has inspired many in the group. Huge thanks go to festival organiser, Katie White, who invited us to perform and to BTW manager, Jane, and all her staff for making us so welcome and keeping us fed and watered!
Our Arts and Media Group continues to thrive thanks to all of your support and they are very appreciative of the opportunities given to them! The Group will be making a welcome appearance at our AGM on 24th September.
Pictured from top: Gordon, Vera and Jenny perform; Steven McCrystal: Taking Flight; Jacquie Gibson: Best Seat in Town; John Law exhibits his photography; Artists: Ania, Agnieszka, Steven, Julie and John.