Flashmob - The Opera
A flashmob is a spontaneous gathering, organised secretively by email
or text message and subject to meticulous timing.
For the first time ever, opera comes live to BBC THREE with the aid
of a flashmob.
Flashmob - The Opera has all the ingredients to cause a stir: football
fans, a broken engagement and a potential love-triangle - taking place
amongst commuters in one of Britain's busiest railway stations.
Adding their voices to the excitement, members of the public will be
sent a text message on the day of the live broadcast, asking them to
form a flashmob.
They will be directed to arrive at a particular station (that will
remain secret until the day) at a certain time and to be prepared to
sing alongside the professional singers.
Flashmob - The Opera is a contemporary take on the myth of Orpheus
and Eurydice in which engaged couple Mike and Sally come unstuck over
Mike's obsession with football.
The train station forms the backdrop to the action as Sally decides
whether or not to run away with the traditional handsome stranger, or
stay with old flame Mike.
The opera is a new take on well known music from popular operas such
as Madam Butterfly, Don Giovanni and La Traviata, set to a new story
by Stephen Powell and with newly written English lyrics.
The music will be arranged by Robert Ziegler who will conduct the BBC
Concert Orchestra live at the event.
BBC Classical Music TV and Comedy Entertainment will combine their
expertise to produce the opera, a first for BBC Television.
End Of Story
So how does it work out for Alexei Sayle's imaginary lady, Ian Rankin's
Edinburgh lowlife with possible psychic powers or Joanne Harris' woman
with the hots for a tree?
End Of Story, the UK's biggest ever short story competition, reaches
its climax as presenter Claudia Winkleman reveals how
members of the public have pushed their imagination to the limit to
finish stories that were started by eight top authors.
The eight winners receive the ultimate accolade of seeing their work
published and possibly showcased on Radio 4.
Launched in spring 2004, 20,000 End Of Story books were distributed
across the UK, with clues on the web as to their whereabouts.
Wannabe writers scrabbled to get their hands on a copy before the competition
went live on the website.
Literally thousands of entries have now been whittled down and assessed
by a panel of judges including Muriel Gray, Giles Coren, Kwame Kwei-Armah
and literary agent Carole Blake.
Showcasing the very best in underground talent, Slam Poets champions
the artist of the spoken word.
Merging hip hop, poetry and stand-up, the Slam tracks down the best
eight wordsmiths in the UK and brings them together in a poetry showdown.
Recorded in front of a 600 strong crowd in the capital, the eight get
just three minutes in which to make their impression on both audience
Hosted by top poet Lemn Sissay, the Slam offers one performer the chance
to be crowned BBC THREE Slam Poet 2004.
Poetry Slams evolved from the jazz and hip hop scene in New York in
the late Eighties where the stand-up skills of comedy merged with the
lyrical dexterity of rap.
Arriving in the UK in the early Nineties to instant success, the Slam
scene on both sides of the Atlantic has challenged perceptions of poetry
and revitalised the trade of the wordsmith.
A Baby Cow Production.
A film by Tracey Emin
Love it or hate it, Tracey Emin's critically acclaimed art has made
her a household name across the world.
Renowned for creating highly emotional and autobiographical works of
art, such as the Turner-Prize nominated My Bed, Emin is today regarded
as one of the most successful and popular young British artists.
For her debut as a film director, Emin returns to her childhood home
of Margate to draw on her teenage experiences growing up in the seaside
Featuring six girls all with their own stories to tell, the film captures
the beauty of Margate, its surrounding beaches and its funfair, Dreamland.
Shot on DV and Super 8, Top Spot - named after a Margate night club
where Emin hung out as a teenager - is a highly personal exploration
of youth from the ever popular enfant terrible of British art.