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The Mane Experience : “The Lion King”, Edinburgh Playhouse

“The Circle of Life”, is a phrase we can all connect with, a philosophy such as “Hakuna Matata” that we can all relate too, even though not always reachable. The arrival of the musical version of “The Lion King”  to the Edinburgh Playhouse this year has been a much anticipated guest north of the border. Its cultural influences on the Scottish audience is awe-inspiring as music, costume, plot and art come together in an invigorating piece of theatre for all ages, now Broadway’s fifth longest running play in history.

One of the most emotionally diverse characters of the play is that of Mufasa, father of central character Simba, King of Pride Rock and ruler of the Pridelands. This marvellous character is portrayed as the fearless, brave monarch of the Savannah as well as the wise, philosophical, caring father of the young Prince. Julie Taymor’s creative supremacy in the characters costume sets out these traits undoubtedly, as one of the first characters in which she designed for the show.

The Lion Mask is the most distinctive feature of the costume, obviously portraying him as an animal, but sitting on top of his head like a crown; creating height and portraying him as a God, with his mane symbolising the Sun, the centre of the universe and The Circle Of Life. The rest of the costume is based on traditional Maasai warrior dress, reminding the audience of the cultural significance and origin of the story, and re-enforcing the characters fighting personality, not only as a warrior and solider but illustrating the struggle of life.

The character’s walk highlights the strength, influence and power of his position; a stalking swagger which is intimidating, confident but slightly over zealous, and reminds the audience of a local gang lord, moving around his territory, emphasising almost a tyrannical contribution from the king, rather than that of a fair diplomatic free-thinker.

The Stampede Scene in which Simba finds himself in a terminal dilemma, caused by his evil, scheming uncle Scar, in his attempt to raise himself to the throne, touches the hearts of fathers and sons across the audience. Mufasa’s selfless attempt at rescuing his son is deeply instinctive and can be witnessed across the animal and human kingdoms alike. Both Mufasa’s fearless, brave demeanour and his unconditional love for his son crashes through, placing the wise, free-thinking King in a locked drawer somewhere in the den. This consequently results in the death of the character and the audience feel the mourning and guilt of his young  son, as he tries to come to terms with the passing of his role model, protector, and teacher.

The entire production is awash with symbolism and an analytical approach can reveal a host of various underlying meanings and plots from relationships, social position, discrimination, politics, and philosophy; all with sub categories and meanings which the audience may relate to on a more intellectual level rather than a personal one.

A highly energised, entertaining and cultural experience that everyone must experience at least once!

“The Lion King” is on at The Edinburgh Playhouse until January 2014. Tickets available now.

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Baltimore art space won’t take no for an answer.

In Baltimore art spaces come and go. With every passing year a few spaces will come up and a few get knocked down. Be it roommates moving out, cops called to many times, money problems, or just done with it all these spaces don’t seem to have the same longevity as established venues (Ottobar, 8×10, Metro Gallery, etc.). But, there is one art space that seems to stand alone and and won’t go away.

The Bell Foundry

The Bell Foundry of Baltimore is a sight to be seen just on the exterior. From it’s beautiful street side murals, elaborate graffitied walls and gates, to it’s community skate park, The Bell Foundry looks like a fortress where great things can happen. Within the space runs many different smaller entities within. Castle Print Shop for all your Screen Printing needs, The Baltimore Rock Opera Society just moving in since December 2012, and one of the most recognizable part of The Bell Foundry the basement performance space.

This past March The Bell Foundry faced what a lot of other similar spaces have faced.. The Baltimore City code rule book. And, like most art spaces run in the Baltimore city limits, and all across the nation, unknowingly The Bell Foundry did not meet code. All seemed lost as if another great art space had fallen to the woeful lake of wire where all the dead spaces go when they die. But, from the ashes The Bell Foundry has risen to say we won’t take no for an answer.

The Bell Foundry

The Bell Foundry has launched they’re fundraiser campaign today on Indiegogo asking for donations to help fund the renovations and building costs needed to get the space up and running again. This is no normal art space Baltimore. This space has a firm foundation and isn’t going anywhere but up from here!

But, they need your help! Be sure to check out their fundraiser campaign to find out more information: http://igg.me/at/bellfoundry

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www.bellfoundrybaltimore.com

 

The Bell Foundry Crest

The Bell Foundry Crest
Artwork by: A-B Moore

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

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Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five

 

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