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Black Sea Blog #4 – Pete Brooks

30th January 2015 by Morven Macbeth

We’ve heard that the computer we need has cleared customs, which is good news, but we still can’t get the front projector to work. It’s a standard definition projector and we are working in HD. This morning we are trying to convert the camera outputs to SD so that they can be read by the projector. Apart from that, in general things are going well. Goga has made a number of changes to the piece, which we like, and we are pleased that he and his company of actors are making the show their own. Working here on The Zero Hour reminds us how much we like the show, and we have started to think about how we might remount the show, in particular how we might present it in London.

The truth is I am spending a lot of time sitting around in the dark, almost no one speaks any English and as I have already written the director Goga and his crew seem to be completely on top of everything, even if working methods are a little different to those we are used to in England. The computer has arrived and we can report that the mushroom soup that was served for lunch was delicious. I am quite embarrassed by how boring this blog is becoming so tomorrow I hope to report on Batumi market and possibly include a few recipes.

Developments in Greece remind me of Wordsworth’s lines on the French Revolution,

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,

But to be young was very heaven!–Oh! times,

In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways

Of custom, law, and statute, took at once

The attraction of a country in romance!

depressing that in the UK challenge to the ruling caste (to use the terminology of Podemos) comes from UKIP.

Pete

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