Acclaimed Academic joins MBD on the 'Empire Soldiers - A South Asian Story' journey

Dr Santanu Das is an academic and author, best known for his work on the literature of the First World War.

As part of the 'Empire Soldiers - A South Asian Story' project, Dr Das will be giving a free one hour talk about the experience of South Asian Soldiers in the Great War.

The talk will take place on

Wednesday 21st February at 5pm

at

Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG. 

It will last approximately one hour.

The event is free to attend but places are limited. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

We will be holding some more free public events as part of this project soon.  Keep an eye on our news pages, facebook and twitter for more updates.

This project has been made possible by the support of the National Lottery Players and the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Image supplied courtesy of the Wellcome Collection.

Image supplied courtesy of the Wellcome Collection.

Charlotte Angharad
And the nominees are......

We've got amazing news to share; we have been nominated for 3 VR expo awards for Empire Soldiers VR. 
Categories we are nominated in are:

  • The Immersive Arts Award
  • The Immersive Storytelling Award
  • The Immersive Theatre Award

We're in good company, with some fantastic other projects also nominated: https://www.the-vr-expo.com/vr-awards

The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 9 March 2018. 

🤞🤞🤞 Wish us luck!
 

Charlotte Angharad
A Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel - Tickets on sale now

We have been having a fantastic time over the last few weeks working with The Open Theatre Company and Birmingham Hippodrome to create an exciting new theatre production of the classic fairytale; Hansel and Gretel.

Premiering in April, the show is a mixture of live music and hilarious performance, all set against a mesmerising fairytale backdrop.

The show supports emerging performers with learning disabilities, some of whom appear in the production.

There is still work to do, but its shaping up to be a great show. The flyers have now arrived and tickets are officially on sale!  The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel is on at:

  • Birmingham Hippodrome 4-8 April https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/hansel-gretel/
  • Belgrade Theatre 11-12 April http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/hansel-and-gretel118506
  • Malvern Theatres 17-18 April http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/twisted-tale-hansel-gretel/

Come along to see us and join in the fun! #twistedtales

 

 

 

Charlotte Angharad
Ever wanted to be part of an MBD project? Here's how you can….

We are looking for volunteers and interviewees to be part of our latest Empire Soldiers project. 

Empire Soldiers - A South Asian Story will tell the stories of the Indian Soldiers who fought in WW1, their move to the UK, and the stories of their families in the 100 years since.

2018 is the centenary of the end of World War One and is the perfect time to share these amazing stories with a wide audience.  This incredible history will then be turned into a Virtual Reality film by our artistic team.

The film will be shown at a celebratory screening in Leicester in the summer and then toured across the UK in late 2018.

We are looking for people to be part of this amazing journey with us.  There are two ways that you can be involved:

INTERVIEWEES

We are really keen to uncover stories from people of South Asian Heritage who may have ancestors who fought in world war one. Alternatively if you have an interesting story about how your family's move to the UK we would love to hear it.  We will be recording the interviews, and some of the audio may be used in the final VR film.

If you have a story to tell, get in touch!

RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS

We are also looking for volunteers to form a research group. From late February to mid March, Volunteers will:

1.    Attend workshops and talks with heritage experts

2.    Go on free research trips to uncover more information about the soldiers who fought in World War 1

3.    Receive training in Oral archiving and the art of conducting interviews

4.    Get the opportunity to take part in the interview process to record audio content for the VR film

If you’re passionate about heritage and would like to be involved, or have a story to share, please contact charlotte@metro-boulot-dodo.com or call us on 0116 2533439

Charlotte Angharad
EMPIRE SOLDIERS DROP IN SESSIONS

 

Drop in sessions: 25 January & 1st February

WE NEED YOUR HELP
MBD is keen to uncover stories from people of South Asian Heritage in Leicester who may have ancestors who fought in world war one.

MBD is also looking for volunteers to form a Leicester based research group. Over a four week period, volunteers will attend workshops and research trips about South Asian soldiers who fought in World War One. Volunteers will also receive free training in the arts of interviewing and learn the technical skills to record high quality audio to be used in the VR film.

If you’re passionate about heritage or have a story to share we would love to meet you.

Drop in to the Lightbox at LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, between 3pm -5pm to chat to us about the project and find out more. There will also be a chance to watch our first VR film in this series: Empire Soldiers- A Caribbean Story. 

We hope to see you there!

Paul Long
EMPIRE SOLDIERS - A SOUTH ASIAN STORY

We are thrilled to announce that we have received Heritage Lottery Funding for an exciting new research and VR project: Empire Soldiers - A South Asian Story.

2018 is the centenary of the end of World War One and is the perfect time to share these amazing stories with a wide audience. Many of the soldiers who fought for Britain in the war came from overseas, including India, and moved to the UK at the end of the war. To commemorate the role of these soldiers, we will work with community volunteers to research the stories of these soldiers and their families. We will then turn this incredible history into the second Virtual Reality film in the Empire Soldiers series.

We need your help:
We are keen to uncover stories from people of South Asian Heritage in Leicester who may have ancestors who fought in World War One. If you have a story to tell, we would love to hear from you.

We are also looking for volunteers to form a research group. Volunteers will attend workshops and research trips about Indian soldiers who fought in World War One. If you’re passionate about heritage or have a story to share, please contact us!

We really hope that you can join us on this exciting new journey and support us along the way!

Paul Long
NEW WEB SITE! (AND A 2017 REVIEW)

Obviously the first mention on any web site needs to be the "we've got a new web site" post. So here it is. Let's not labour over it too much, but all the same we are rather pleased and we hope you find lots of interesting stuff to read and see. Oh, and Merry Christmas..... Which means it is the end of the year, and that means only one thing.

REVIEW OF THE YEAR!

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of MBD and what a year it has been!

It’s been an incredible 12 months for the team with good news galore.  The team has doubled in size from 3 members to 6 with the additions of Charlotte, Andy and Ant.  This has boosted the creative team with the addition of in-house animation and VR skills and made for a much noisier office.

It’s been super busy with a wide variety of projects.  Particular highlights have been a fascinating oral archiving project with Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, a large outdoor spectacle celebrating Stamford’s historic bull run, and a breathtaking performance of the Ramayana at Leicester’s Diwali celebrations.

Another highlight was the premiere of our first VR film and performance installation; Empire Soldiers VR in October.  Commissioned by Threshold Studios and supported by Arts Council England, Empire Soldiers VR told the story of the Caribbean soldiers of WW1 and was shown at 3 festivals over nine days. The emotive and innovative show will tour across the UK in 2018.

In addition to this we survived an exhausting 25 pitches over 2 days at DOCFest’s Alternate Realities market, joined Canvas Arts as a network partner and successfully won the opportunity to create an exciting new VR project as part of Creative XR. Winter VR will be a new fully immersive VR interpretation of 2006’s Winter, part of the 4 seasons project.

The big success story of the year was getting the amazing news that from April 2018 we will become part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. 

Thank you to everyone who’s been part of our journey over the last year, and the 19 years before, we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

So, goodbye to 2017 – you’ve been incredible, and hello to 2018 – bring it on!

Paul Long