Further to +John Kellden
musing about the power of storytelling, here's a little example. Yesterday we did some Revolting..
A successful day out in the sunshine yesterday of Revolting.
The subject was the starting of test drilling aimed at the exploitation of the beautiful Kent and Sussex Weald countryside for fracking - the recovery of gas from shale oil layers beneath them. The results of which will incude:
- pollution of our water table resources for generations to come
- injection of some potentially very harmful chemicals (some carcinogenic) into the shale oil layers at very high pressure
- huge amounts of heavy goods traffic through small country lanes
- 24/7 high levels of noise pollution from the drilling rigs and the compressor rigs used to generate the high pressures
and so forth. There are many implications from this dash for cash by Big Business.
Cuadrilla plan to start test drilling in the village of Balcome which is very bad news because:
- their test drill is less than a mile from the London to Brighton raiilway line - and one potential risk of fracking is to geneate earthquakes across a wide area even if it's been seismologically quiet thus far
- the site is less than half a mile from the River Ouse
- the site is less than a mile from one end of Ardingley Reservoir - a major source of drinking water across a wide area, habitat for flora & fauna and a beautiful place in itself
- last but not least, the site is near to Warrior Princess Vanessa's home - a factor not to be underestimated! ;)
My favourite artistic/hippy community centred on Zu Studios in Lewes is in uproar about this. They decided to put on a Revolting using street theatre to protest it - lawfully and peacefully - with humour but with a serious message in order to bring these matters to the wider attention of the Lewes denizens.
Some of the Zu Tribe dressed up in hazChem suits to represent the Evil Empire, armed with nasty looking bottles of "hazardous chemicals" labelled Toxic etc. Ezra, one of the theatre performers. dressed up in a horrible cheap black suit and played the role of the Evil Empire Bossman. He and Vanessa duelled it out via megaphone so as to inform the populace..
One Evil Empire performed dressed up as Darth Vader. We're not quite sure why, but the kids loved it..
Some of our resident musicians formed a percussion band which set a pulse going as a call to action and brought many townsfolk along curious as to what was going on with all these colourful characters milling about on Cliffe Bridge in the heart of Lewes town..
The Evil Empire started hurling their toxic waste about, including pouring it into the River Ouse. Tribe Zu was outraged and many of our Ladies turned into Warrior Princesses and fought back as well as some of our Chaps. A battle royal took place on Cliffe Bridge which ended with Warrior Princess Vanessa running the Evil Empire out of town.. (See Vid Z10 Battle of the Ouse [on Land] )
The Evil Empire fought back with a surprise attack on water via their war barge, containing 150 litres of nasty chemical weapons which they started to discharge into the River. But Tribe Zu has anticipated this and we had concealed our own War Canoes near the bridge. Our warriors leapt into them and attacked the Evil Empire's craft. Indeed one of our Warrior Princesses did a pirate boarding of that craft and fought with its unspeakable inhabitants, commandeering their chemical weapons and passing them back to her crew.
In the end, the Evil Empire had to concede defeat. tribe Zu prevailed! yay! (Vid Z15 Battle of the Ouse [On water] )
The Boss of the Evil Empire had snuck back to the River bank but Vanessa spotted him and an almighty fight ensued which concluded when she hurled him into the river and shook her fist at him.. (the Force is strong in that one ;) )
Tribe Zu then reconvened on the bridge and permitted itself a triumphal War Dance ( vid Z16 War Dance )
The good citizens of Lewes were quite taken aback by these developments in their pleasant town on a sunny Saturday. But they were cheering Tribe Zu on even before the Battles erupted.. We distributed lots of information leaflets; Samira and Vanessa exhorted them to write to the Environmental Agency, their MP etc. The kids really got into it and started asking their parents what they were going to do about it.. Pester Power is a powerful force eh? ;)
A splendid time was had by all. tribe Zu, by the way, had one of their humungous parties that evening from 9PM till 4AM which was still going full blast well after dawn judging by some of the photos I've seen since then. I didn't attend that one, alas, because I have a busy day today on Ethosy stuff - probably a mercy as I can hardly walk today as it is! Revolting takes a lot out a pig.
The more serious point is that a community of souls can do a lot to raise awareness of the bigger issues by using its talents to put on a stunning bit of street theatre so as to draw attention to the discussions needed. Enjoy the videos..