The Swingles' Dramatic Developments
We perform, teach and speak around the world. This is a travelblog plus reviews and observations, living in New York City. To follow this blog, click the "Follow" link above. You can also receive updates quarterly or whenever the blog is updated. To subscribe go to:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The Scotsman ran a follow-up article to The Daily Telegraph piece
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
What a closing!
Beyond the Chariots inspired her to do even more.
Holyrood means holy cross. The palace got its name because the chapel held a relic, which was said to be part of the Lord's cross at Calvary.
The Edinburgh Castle
Scotland's most famous athlete
The Day After
The day after we closed, an article ran in The Daily Telegraph: Chariots of Fire, the sequel, off the blocks. It led the Spy column, trumping Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Eric Liddell's Olympic medals
Housing in a crowded city
One of the huge obstacles in bringing Beyond the Chariots to the Fringe was housing. The city of Edinburgh swells to up to six times its normal population as the Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival and Film Festival all take place simultaneously. Our friend Chuck put us in touch with Brian and Fiona, who had just moved to the city. In the fortnight we stayed with them we became great friends.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
After the show today we had lunch with a couple of attendees originally from Zimbabwe. They moved to Scotland because conditions there are getting worse, quite literally, on a daily basis. Strong companies give raises twice a month to keep up with inflation.
We have what sounds to be a favorable article coming out on Beyond the Chariots in The Daily Telegraph, a paper that covers the whole UK. It will be on page 6 on Tuesday, the day after our final Fringe performance.
Zimbabwe's struggles put this in perspective.
The Anderson family
My connection to them gave us credibility when I asked the corps officer at Jim, Sr.'s corps to borrow a trumpet for the length of the run.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Another Herald article
The Herald confirmed through Liddell's eldest that he did, in fact forfeit his opportunity to leave the internment camp. He gave his place to a pregnant woman: The inspirational story of an athletics legend is still being written.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Chariots of Fire opening flashback
Monday, August 20, 2007
Off for St. Andrews
The Dining Room
Pasted onto a poster outside our theatre
Fantastic, believable performance, delivered with energy and emotion--Thank you!
A review of Chariots of Fire
After my performance yesterday Joyce and I had lunch with a gal who is working on her PhD from Cambridge. She did her undergrad work at Regent in Vancouver, BC, so we talked about Ron Reed, who is the artistic director of Pacific Theatre there. He happened to host the CITA conference that convinced me to move to NYC. Imagine my surprise to read his blog that night and discover that he'd just blogged on Chariots of Fire: Soul Food Movies.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This is a FAB show! It was fascinating to see the rest of the life of Eric Liddell, of "Chariots of Fire" fame; knowing it is a true story adds thought-provoking significance. Plus, as someone who has lived in Asia for four years, I am VERY impressed with the actor's grasp of Chinese language AND culture as he plays multiple roles! This is a show not to be missed--I saw it in the States first and would gladly see it again!
--Loch Winona, United States
A great kirk in Edinburgh
This kirk bought a large building when they had 50 people. Now they have close to 400 at three services.
The guest preacher tonight, Ivan, is from Italy, but he's now based in India, where he's helped start about 20 churches, orphanages and a home for widows.
He helped about a dozen people become a part of God's amazing offensive of love. Click on "My Passion" in the right column to see what I'm talking about.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, having seen Beyond the Chariots. I thought it was BRILLIANT and marvelously performed. I would like to know if there are any plans to perform it in London?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We arrived in Edinburgh to an article about Eric Liddell in The Herald, one of Scotland's largest dailies. The piece, titled Did Eric Liddell turn down freedom to help another prisoner-of-war?, tells how British Olympics officials were recently told by high-level officials in Weifang, where Liddell had been interned during WWII, that he turned down a chance at freedom. The Olympics officials didn't seem to have been given many details, but evidently Winston Churchill had arranged for Liddell to be set free in exchange for a high-level Japanese prisoner. Liddell, in characteristic self-sacrifice, asked that another inmate be released in his stead.
I've already worked it into Beyond the Chariots.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Edinburgh opening
Eric Liddell: He was a hero here 82 years ago: Rugby Internationalist and Olympic champion. He lived about 100m from here. When he graduated 100m away on the other side the provost said, "Mr. Liddell, you've proven that none can pass you but the examiner." And right in this room, he ate lunch. No one passed him to get seconds either.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Marseille Cow Parade
www.BlackSheepHDfC.org). He came to at least two of my performances there last week.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
A few years ago, after a performance in Barcelona, Joyce and I drove up the French Riviera as far as St. Tropez. Then, when she had business in Nice a couple of years ago we drove up to Italy and down to Cannes. On this trip we tried to complete the cirucuit. We drove south from Cannes and stopped at this beach in what we thought was the next village. I swam out to the floating dock you can see just to the right of the palm tree and spoke French to some Italians. After driving a while we saw Cannes with a red line through it, indicating we were leaving the city and had been at a Cannes beach. I was glad because the rest of the towns we came to had beaches at the bottoms of cliffs. We got as far as Fréjus before end-of-the-day beach traffic and a 3:30 wake-up call forced us to the freeway. Click here to see our route. Of the 23 countries I've visited, driving along the French Riviera is among the most exhilarating international experiences I've had. There's never a straightaway of more than 100 yrds, and the scenery is breathtaking.
St. Paul de Vence
Friday, August 10, 2007
The snails in the foreground seem to have been painted over when the traffic cone was retouched.
Still in use
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
200 years old?
Nous maison pour la semaine
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
En route a Buisson
I hit the wrong button and posted that last one before leaving the link for info on the MagLev: RichDrama.com/NewsBlog (January 2007).
We're at the airport in Paris and were just waylaid by a suspicious package. There was a whistle and an explosion. Whether it blew up or was only blown up we're not sure, but we're on our way again. Thanks for your prayers!
Monday, August 06, 2007
The other Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but we have two friends performing in the NYC Fringe:
Melissa Hawkins is performing an amazing piece called Juliet. It's about a woman who was sent to a gulag in Romania because her husband (imprisoned elsewhere) was a pastor. It's well acted and well directed. It will be at the Independent Theater, 52 W 8th St: August 10 (9:30pm), 12 (noon), 16 (7pm), 18 (2:30pm), 22 (4:30pm) and 24 (3pm). For tickets, location and times go to www.FringeNYC.org. For more information about the play visit www.juliet-tour.com.
I haven't seen Eric Daniel's piece, Le Messager du Jazz/The Jazz Messenger, but he's another Graceworks (GraceworksInc.com) trainer, so I'm sure it will be good. The story takes place during Germany's occupation of France. "...clashing ideologies pit military force against jazz intuition." It will be at The Villager Theatre, August 10, 11, 13, 18 & 22. For tickets, location and times go to www.FringeNYC.org. For more information about the play visit www.jazzmessengerplay.com.
I've heard a lot of people say they don't like reunions. I love them! It's magical to see how people have grown up, raised families and collectively accomplished SO much.
I got to give a speech at my high school graduation so I did a rap, while Tyler Ryerson, Sr. Prez, backed me up with a beat box rythm:
Well we're the graduating class of Phoenix HS
Goin' out into the world to do our best
In work, in college and military.
If you come from Phoenix, say, "Don't mess with me!"
Going to the reunion was like stepping into a time capsule and seeing how dreams have been fulfilled.
I also spoke with many who have endured physical and emotional pain, and I was glad to share those memories as well.
Less than a month after graduation one of our classmates took his own life. Several of us gathered at his grave to remember him...and wish that he were still there.
I told the group that Brian and I had been out on a run one day when I sensed I was supposed to tell him how much God loved him. I held back. Who knows if it would have changed things. I've regretted that for 20 years, but I told them it's made me take more risks in life. I don't know if that made any sense to you guys, but what I meant was that I've been more likely to follow God's still small voice and less likely to pass it off as a suggestion. Then I pulled out the cornet I'd played in high school and played taps.
If you don't know how much God loves you visit RichDrama.com and click on "My Passion."
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Three in three
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Pastors praying for pastors
For the next three nights I'm performing three plays at Trail Christian Fellowship. Today they were on rotation to host for a lunch for all the pastors in the area. Though I spoke and performed I had a four minute limit. The main focus was fellowship and prayer for each others' congregations. They keep themselves from veering toward any kind of planning. These guys are from all sorts of denominations, and it encouraged me so much to hear them lifting each other up as well as people around the world.