Hello! This is my first blog post to the website, so bear with me, I’m still getting to grips with things.
I’m Craig Chalmers, I graduated from the University of Winchester last year and have since been hanging around the city taking photos, writing poetry and helping out Cath and Simon where I can. And, as of very recently I have been lucky enough to be awarded a paid internship with Platform 4 through the Creative Employment Programme. It’s brilliant news for me and I am so thankful to those who made it happen.
This means I’ll be involved in three projects, New Tempest Club’s Hamlet, Platform 4’s Memory Points and an event/show of my own design. It’s an exciting challenge, one I’ll throw myself into head first and through all the toil here’s hoping I’m standing at the end of it! Melodrama aside, it really is a great opportunity and I must thank Catherine Church directly for travelling to small rooms in Southampton and filling in tiresome and mundane forms for the chance to receive funding for someone like me to flop around the office and the rehearsal room. It really means a lot, thanks for suggesting it in the first place, for applying and for having faith in me. I’ve been slow but I’ll hurry up now.
Truly, thank you both.
So there you have it, post number 1, overview of the next few months. What follows will hopefully make interesting reading as I outline my experiences over the three projects and all the significant things that might happen in-between.
Thank you for reading this far, I leave you with a poem I wrote one sunny day in May.
Many boys in suits walk the cobbles,
Some in black, grey, dark blues.
I schooled in these colours
Further south (no cobbles there).
More Alumni lost at war than made their name.
It’s probably even here.
I’m not five years from it.
Blossom rests in these princes’ crowns,
Sun burns mine pink
As I move down from the pavement.
They’ll all look like me soon.
Playing middle-aged at 22,
Giving life a good go.