Here be Dragons: Merton – Wimbledon Common and Windmill

January 5, 2017

Wimbledon Common Wimbledon Common is a huge green area by the side of Wimbledon. It is entangled by a few major roads but cars die out eventually as I venture deeper in. With 460 hectares of land, it is ranked 4th among green spaces in Greater London. Here was a popular duel place in the […]

Here be Dragons: Merton – Wandle Industrial Museum

December 22, 2016

The next bead stands as a small shed near on the green of the forgotten conservation area, just a short walking distance from both Mitcham and Wandle. A small green, War remembrance cross. Outside you could mistake it for the service building for the nearby Vestry Hall. At the entrance I am greeted by most […]

Here be Dragons: Adventure to Oz at Chickenshed

December 9, 2016

The purple curtain has giant letters “Adventure to Oz” written all over it. As it rises, the colours deepen and the traditional Christmas show at Chickenshed start. This year it is a loosely imagined sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Tinman and Scarecrow rule over respective lands and Dorothy is friends with the current ruler […]

Here be Dragons: Merton – Intro and Mitcham

December 9, 2016

In my hand I hold a small and elegant hart-shaped jewellery box. Inside, there is a set of two jewellery pieces: a brooch and a necklace. A bizarre set, crafted by a mad goldsmith, it seems, the pieces did not actually both belong to each other. The brooch, so bright and elaborate, so shiny, it […]

Here be Dragons: Wimbledon Stadium – Sunday Market

December 1, 2016

“Three fresh chickens for 8 pounds” – the mic cracks. I open back my eyes. The night has not been fooling anyone, not even itself for very long. The night can cover much, but it is not forever. The grey greyhound magic has lost its strength. The daylight charms are different. “A whole loin for […]

Here be Dragons: Wimbledon Stadium – “A Night at the Dogs”

November 25, 2016

The nightfall was now just a few dog barks behind. The moon shows me the way by a faint reflection in the pool of water in the middle of the car park. Distant street lights faint as they reach the surreal brutalist exterior of the Stadium. You can only hear the Moon shining and the […]

Past never dies in “Kindertransport” at Chickenshed

October 5, 2016

We are herded to the stage as to the train, in pairs for an easier count. The walls of the back door theatre entrance reminded of a service entrance to a train station. There we are met by the stage, divided into past and future to follow the two parts of the “Kindertransport”, a new […]

Olympics, here, on Earth.

August 31, 2016

I have landed. That was a really long flight. At the passport control my passport got a shiny new Olympic logo-shaped stamp. Seems like I have arrived to Brazil after all: airports are too universal of a setting to tell them apart. But then it all changed: I have spotted the first volunteer in a […]

If there was ever one – “Sharing Stages” at Chickenshed

March 11, 2016

If there was ever one To whom you could cry; Who would gather each tear And blow it dry… Lemn Sissay, “Invisible Kisses” For its current show, Sharing Stages, Chikenshed Theatre is teaming up with such organisations as Amnesty International, Barnardo’s and a dozen more – to relay their message. It comes together as two […]

Melnikov’s House. Modernism in its atom.

February 3, 2016

Melnikov’s House in Moscow is two interconnected brick barrels. Seen from above, they resemble a neutron and a proton of an atomic nucleus. I was picturing where this house will fit in my system, along with 2 Willow Road by Erno Goldfinger or, perhaps Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart. Its’ decisive lines and slim geometry, its […]