‘(Head…) Food for Free’ – an overview of the workshops and cinema events at #TheTelling Pt2 #DoncasterIsGreat

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Part 2 of The Telling began at 6pm last Friday night (1st Feb) inside one of Church View‘s amazing sub-basement rooms with Cal Johnson & Kala Shaplin‘s amazing Free Pop-Up Cinema

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…which (as you might have guessed) was a little bit cold, but warmed with good food from Joie Rachel Carruthers, good conversation, hot water bottles (provided by the ever thoughtful Miss Horne)…

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…and some cracking tunes….

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Expect more cinematic wonders from Cal & Kala very soon!

The next day (Sat 2nd) kicked off with the mesmerizing Sheffield City Giants

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The 15′ puppets (representing War & Peace) danced at the entrance to The View

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…because it was a bit too windy at The Minster. 😉 But rumour has it that they will be returning for a wedding fayre at St George’s in the not too distant future.

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Meanwhile inside The View…

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The FREE OPEN WORKSHOPS were well under way (sustained by a free vegan picnic provided by Allegra Hawksmoor)…

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Ben Pritchard hosted the Bread-Making workshop…

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While Abi Nielsen & Iona Hine cracked on with the Make-Do-And-Mend and Sewing for Dummies workshops….

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Simon Heywood gave a wonderful talk on Peace

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…and Open Music Workshops popped up as the day went on whenever and wherever someone felt like a jam…

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Later in the day the musical theme continued when Jon Boden (of Bellowhead fame) hosted a Singing Workshop in the Pop-Up Cinema space.

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Jon spoke of the need for shared repertoires and suggested that today’s pop songs may well become the folk songs of the future, a point which he went on to illustrate perfectly during the evening’s performance.

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Meanwhile outside in the courtyard…

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Barney Harris of Regather had been busy building a clay foundry called a bloomery since Thursday afternoon (Allegra Hawksmoor has written a great description of what the process involves here). So while the crew busied themselves preparing the courtyard for the evening’s events…

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…(when they weren’t nipping for a crafty fag that is!)…

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…people took it in turns to pump the bloomery’s bellows…

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…and pump…

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…and pump…

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…and pump…

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Until in the evening, just in time for the main event, something quite magical happened…Bloomery-02

…but that, as they say, is another story 😉

(Overview of the main evening event coming soon)

Photo credits: Rod Jackson, Rachel Horne, Martin Pick, Steve Bates, Carolyn Dougherty, John Fuller & Warren Draper.

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