Becoming Shades

​Dear readers,

While sparse, I like to use my blog to bring wonderful projects to people’s attention. I remember back to 2010 when I was raising money to come to these shores and work with street kids, I relied on the good will of many people who might be reading these very words. So, here it goes.

The project in question is actually an underground circus based in London. For those with an aversion of clowns and depressed animals being forced to do tricks (are you the sort that hopes the lion or elephant breaks trance mid performance, wrecks havoc, runs free or feels amormous towards a Ronald McDonald looking clown, in front of many startled eyes? Me too), do not turn away. This circus is far more cutting edge than the norm, using acrobatics, fire and music to perform the Greek myth of Persephone, who was kidnapped by Hades, God of the Underworld. I am not as familiar with this particular myth, but if you love literature and enjoy the tumultuous arts as much as me, this could be the circus for you too. The problem for me is that I live an odd 8,000 miles away. If you’re based in Europe, you’re a lucky sod.

I won’t say too much about the show itself, mainly because I don’t know masses, but I also don’t want to lift too much information from the website which you can see for yourself at this link. The show is being created the Chivaree Circus, run by Edward Gosling and Laurane Marchive, two people I have never had the joy of meeting. I am, however, very familiar with the show’s musician, Sam West, who has featured on my blog a few times, as he is indeed my cousin. Sam is usually a social creature who moved down to London from Glasgow a year or so ago after many years with his band the Fortunate Sons (Pamela and I used his song Poets as the first song at our wedding), but in recent months he has become very much a hermit to gather his creative juices and concentrate on creating a great piece of work for Becoming Shades.

The show will take place on 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th January 2017 at the Vaults in Waterloo. There are no seats, with the show taking place above and beside and all around you. A ticket costs £20, which just about covers a wage for the artists who have put a lot of time and effort into this show, flyers etc. 

The show will only take place with the company Kickstarter if it raises an initial £5,000. I am not sure how Kickstarter works exactly, but it does help shows like this come to life, which is most important in an age where Europe’s austerity seems to be swallowing up independent art shows such as this. To be honest, having lived out in Honduras up to six years, I have no idea how these shows survive or are funded. I can only tell you how great Becoming Shades is through the conviction and enthusiasm of my cousin. Anyone can donate money to the show through the link. Sorry if this seems unclear, but the details are explained on the website. Maths was never my strong subject. If you can donate a little something (or a big something, if you’re able), it would be much appreciated. 

In the meantime, I guess I better read about Persephone to get me up to speed on the story. 


About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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