What a fantastic night! The first Rattle Tales event at The Brunswick Pub in Hove started in much the same way as all the others, slight worries about unhelpful projectors, hosts lost in the middle of nowhere (Hove), not many people in the bar. Every time we put on a show we worry that no-one is going to turn up and every time we end up with people standing because there aren???t enough chairs. Technical problems solved, our guest authors began to arrive along with our lost host Jo Warburton and then suddenly people were queuing to get in and the room was full.
The night got off to a great start with Joe Evans??? story Pencils. Joe has read at Rattle Tales before and treated us to a sad/sweet story with fairy-tale qualities and beautiful imagery. We normally ask our authors to provide an image to be projected during their story but this time we had collaborated with photographers from Brighton & Hove Camera Club to provide the illustrations. Pencils was interpreted to stunning effect by Heather Buckley.
Amanda Welby-Everard read next; Cri De Coeur, a story about the effect of a mother???s affair on a young girl???s life, tender, poignant and honest and expertly told from the child???s point of view.
Theft by Isabel Costello got them all talking. It was, we later found out, Isabel???s debut on the spoken word scene, but you couldn???t tell. Her story was the most puzzling of the night, and prompted many questions and interpretations from the audience, including one that none of us had thought of! A man tired with his life takes a late night phone call from himself and is persuaded to leave his life behind with himself as a replacement ??? see I told you it was puzzling!
Katherine Doggrell finished the first half with a comic flash piece, X Marks the Spot, about leaving words of wisdom behind in a sort of X-Factor epitaph competition! Do ask not for credit ??? very wise indeed, I???m sure you will agree. Thankfully at a Rattle Tales gig the ??4 ticket price means there is no need to. Our audience now well and truly warmed up, there was a clamour to win our anthology and then off to the bar for much needed refreshment.
Paul McVeigh kicked off the second half with Martin Campbell Is ??? The Incredible Invisible Boy, the very moving story of a young boy trying to escape a violent parental relationship. The audience were stunned by Paul???s heartfelt performance and it felt as if the whole room were taking a breath at once. The story was accompanied with a beautiful photograph by Paul Treadgold.
Erinna Mettler lightened the mood with Killing Stephen Hawking; the tragi-comic tale of a young chef meeting Stephen Hawking at the same time as realising his first love doesn???t want him anymore. Life, the universe and some very un-pc jokes.
Mike Liardet???s??Spike, complete with melancholy photograph by Penny Bailey, told of a brave and faithful dog during World War 2, suffice to say there wasn???t a dry eye in the house as Spike lay down by the fire to dream his last dream.
Brian Bell finished the proceedings with a rousing performance of his Belfast punk flash, No Future. Those Irish boys certainly know how to tell a tale.
Rattle Tales would like to thank The Brunswick for their hospitality and Brighton & Hove Camera Club for their wonderful photographic interpretations; we hope to work with you both again for our 2013 shows.
If you would like to be a part of the next Rattle Tales we have another show coming up in February, check out website and Facebook page in the New Year for submission details.