Sunday 23 June at 7pm - St John's Eve, Midsummer
Crossbones Vigil for the outcast. FREE - donations welcome.
gather from 6.45 for 7pm start at the gates of Crossbones Graveyard
Redcross Way SE1 ITA (facing The Boot and Flogger)
Vigils have been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. They are inclusive, secular events, open 'to all faiths and none'.
Individual vigils are linked to traditional seasonal festivals. Our June 23rd vigil is associated with midsummer, St John's Eve. This year the vigil also falls on the night of the full moon and commences our tenth year of monthly vigils. Thrice blessed!
The vigil allows space for creative offerings and other acts of beauty. John Constable aka John Crow will perform poems from The Southwark Mysteries. Among the other performers, Marianne Hyatt from the band Country Dirt will sing Sadie. Please bring a flower, a ribbon, a totem, a memento to tie to the shrine at the gates - or a short poem or song to dedicate to The Goose...
Friday 28 June at 7.30pm - SPARE, a new one-man play by John Constable. Price: £10. Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 pm start
Treadwell's bookshop 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London,WC1E 7BS, 020 7419 8507
Artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) comes alive in this 'paranormal comedy'. Set in the artist’s studio at the Elephant and Castle during the Blitz, it shows Spare growing old in poverty, yet fiercely committed to his vision. In the course of the night, a rogue sigil unleashes unpredictable consequences. This ‘play conceived as an act of magic’, performed by the author, is both an homage to AOS and a playful exploration of Constable's own esoteric work to set us 'free from ourselves'.
John Constable is a poet, playwright and magical practitioner, best-known for
The Southwark Mysteries and for his acclaimed stage adaptation of Gormenghast. Previous solo shows include I Was An Alien Sex God ('mind-blowingly weird' The Independent). The first performance of his new play at Treadwell's was fully booked more than two weeks in advance. Please book now to be sure of your place for this second performance. Telephone to book by credit card, or drop in at the shop
John Constable is best known for his dramatisation of Gormenghast and for The Southwark Mysteries, performed in Shakespeare's Globe and Southwark Cathedral, and as part of The Halloween of Crossbones ritual dramas and at many site-specific performances.
John Constable has conducted hundreds of walks including bespoke tours for VIPs and the City of London Festival. His walks offer fascinating insights into the most historic part of London through the eyes of a local writer. Watch this space - or please contact us to inquire about booking a private walk.
Bespoke walks are available for businesses - client VIPs and team-building - and for private tour groups. For booking details please contact us via this website.
copies of John Constable's books The Southwark Mysteries and Secret Bankside
and his CD goose & crow: spirit songs (with Nigel Hoyle and Katy Carr)
are available at these events