Here are some images from our first Lightbulb Walk in October, in and around the National Theatre. We had great discussions about concrete, architectural spaceships, theatre, factories & play – of course! We’ll be back there in Spring – more details coming soon …
On Thursday 6th October we’ll be walking and playing in and around the interconnected public foyers of the NT which have been described as “the nation’s sitting room”. Come join us if you can. We’ll strike out from Dorfman Foyer at 1pm. The walk will last 45 minutes. Further details and bookings are here. Hope to see you there for some National playing…
Have you ever hummed a Lulu lullaby?
When was the last time you walked backwards in silence, towards land?
Come join us to Play Southend Now or Never! at Estuary Festival’s Southend Charabanc. Why not download the App for Android and/or IOS devices – right here – on left side tabs and join us at Estuary Festival – 24th&25th September – Hope to see you there!
(And here are some photos to whet your appetite by Julian Hughes from our recent Festival outing at Village Green of Bryony and Emma trying out the new app – don’t miss out on the next chance to Play Southend Now or Never!)
We had a great time at Village Green! see photos by Julian Hughes to get a feel for the day and don’t forget you can download the App for Android and/or IOS devices – right here – on left side tabs and get playing! And if you’ve missed Village Green – don’t worry- we’ll be back soon – watch this space for our next event as part of Estuary Festival – 24th&25th September...
Preparations are underway…we’ll be at Village Green festival to launch Play Southend Now or Never!
Join us for a ‘walkshops’ (12, 2 or 4pm- leaving from METAL arts School) or come and find any other time between 11-5PM to get the download link for the App and see Chalkwell Park in totally new light…
(Walkshops will be approx forty minutes and are suitable for all ages. However, under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult)
Had a lovely sunny day again in Southend playing #catchaprompt with playful Southenders. The game consisted of collecting a map, which indicated points where prompts are set to work, then going out with METAL ipads and ‘catching’ them. Easy, fun and very helpful beta testing! It was great to see previous participants come back. One of the children who joined us back when we were still working out what goes where proudly announced to his family that he ‘made that’! We were also pleased when newcomer to the project told us it made them ‘walk the park and go places you don’t normally get to’- just the sort of feedback we need!
During the coming days we will be plotting and geo tagging some prompts we tested in low tech way last week (see images below). And by Saturday 7th May – we’ll be ready to beta test. We’ll be at METAL at Chalkwell Park so please drop in any time between 12-5pm to help us work out what’s in and what isn’t… If you’ve got an android phone you’ll be able to download the app straight onto your phone and if not we’ll have some tablets you can take out instead. We’ll also have the usual refreshments and it will be lots of fun- come and have your say!
Digital Amnesty – why not get rid of long forgotten digital devices to support a new playful App for Southend?
Do you own some long forgotten digital devices (phones, wii, xboxes, tablets) that are still in working order but no longer loved and you’d like to contribute to a good cause? Then why not bring these along on 28th April (2-6PM) , let us turn them into cash so your contribution goes towards supporting us in developing Play Southend Now or Never -Southend’s own playful App – which will work on your new mobile devices. We’ll invite you to an exclusive pre-launch introduction to the App and add you name to our supporters on the App itself (as well as our website).
Two more dates for diaries:
Futurepark Walkshop 28th April 6-8pm On Thursday 28th April between 6-8pm we will run a special ‘walkshop’ for Future Park at METAL Southend which is also part of the official opening of METAL art school. We’ll be exploring Chalkwell Park and surroundings, discovering playful ways to interact and discover the area through your eyes and memories, as they work on Play Southend Now Or Never! – the App, which will be launched at Village Green Festival on the 9th July 2016. The walkshop is free and promises to be fun and inspiring. We will start from Chalkwell Hall and return there for light refreshments. To find out more go to METAL’s website.