Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Well I must say what an adventure I have been on since I last blogged.

Crown of Feathers and Fins has been soaring around the country capturing people’s imagination, and getting some great feedback. On the back of such success, Chris and I have been collaborating on a couple of other projects which we hope to unveil over the coming months.

Crown of Feathers and Fins poster with Red Phoenix and Chris Secker

Crown of Feathers and Fins poster with Red Phoenix and Chris Secker

There have been international trips to perform at festivals, lead workshops and visit schools, whilst back in Blighty there have been tellings in local community events, schools, museums, prisons and supportive housing, MCing at Festival at the Edge (UK’s biggest annual storytelling festival), a spot of living history acting and even running a music festival!

Lois Barrett playing at Stable Stock 9th August. Yes I play the cajon now too, opened my own music festival... the hat helps stop my head from expanding too much :D

Lois Barrett playing at Stable Stock 9th August. Yes I play the cajon now too, opened my own music festival… the hat helps stop my head from expanding too much :D

Throughout this year I have been working with Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, to bring to life the amazing lives and conditions that the code-breakers during WW2 endured in order to work around the clock deciphering the German and Japanese communications. I was working with 4 actors to welcome visitors to the park to the world of 1941, rations and all. In June it lead to performing to Princess Katherine at the royal opening of a new visitor centre.

Red Phoenix steps back into 1941 and becomes Thelma Orton

Red Phoenix steps back into 1941 and becomes Thelma Orton

In other news the biggest change is that Red Phoenix HQ moved. The rolling hills of Hampshire were left far behind for rather flatter but no less picture-esq landscapes of Buckinghamshire. The history and beautiful old coaching town of Stony Stratford is now home, and Red Phoenix has made its nest in the top of York House Centre, a place of arts, creativity and community. It has taken a few months to settle in but it has been a warm welcome and there have been lots of local festival to get involved with, I have even created a Stony Story Stroll exploring Stony’s history through tales and poetry with local poet and Bard (2013) Richard Frost.

Lots more is coming up in the next few months, with new shows in the pipeline, events from Sheffield to Portsmouth and loads of places in between, and working with new creative partners. Exciting times lay ahead, watch this space!