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  • Jan Patočka – and the Grounds for Political Action
    Posted on Sep 10, 2019
    R&V is delighted to be presenting both an academic conference about the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka and an evening event designed to emphasise the important part played by the arts and culture in Patočka’s philosophy. The daytime event will be suitable to academic philosophers, literature specialists, historians and social scientists as well as members of the wider public interested in civil society and the grounds for political action. The event in the evening, featuring poetry, music and fine art images, will be of interest to all those passionate about the arts. The philosophy of Jan…
  • Before the Wall - Theatre in Museums.
    Posted on Aug 6, 2019
    In the fourth of a series of blog posts, Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation Chief Executive Graham Henderson looks at the way in which original theatre commissions like Before The Wall can be used to both raise awareness of the stories behind a museum’s collection and attract new audiences to theatre and the arts.  The Railway Children, the spectacular theatrical adaption of Edith Nesbit’s classic children’s book from 1906 has been one of the great commercial successes of the last decade. During its run at the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station alone it attracted over 300,000 paying c…
  • Before the Wall - the first photographed war
    Posted on Jul 27, 2019
    In the third of a series of blog posts, Before the Wall writer Chris Ruffle looks at photographs from the Opium War of 1860, one of the first conflicts captured using the new technology of photography. The second Opium War has a good claim to be the first war to be photographed from start to finish. The young Italian-British photographer Felice Beato (“Felix” as he preferred to be called) was 28 when he joined the Anglo-French expeditionary force to China. He came via the Crimea, where he took some photographs of the concluding siege of Sevastopol, and arrived in India in 1858 to capture the …
  • Before the Wall - What Remains
    Posted on Jul 23, 2019
    In the second of a series of blog posts, Before the Wall writer Chris Ruffle looks at what remains from the Opium War of 1860. What could possibly remain from a war that happened 160 years ago? And it was a small war at that; during the Second Opium War, the Anglo-French allied army never had any more than 20,000 men in the field, and the whole war was over in less than 5 months, landing to departure. But there are material remains to see for the interested and the determined. The biggest challenge to the physical remains of the war comes from China’s dynamic growth and urbanization over the …
  • Before the Wall - Trump and the Opium War
    Posted on Jul 17, 2019
    In the first of a series of blog posts, Before the Wall writer Chris Ruffle examines the similarities between the Opium War of 1860 and the current trade war with China. --- It is impossible to pick up a newspaper these days without reading of “trade war”. Typically this involves President Trump inveighing against the unfair practices of foreign countries, taking advantage of the U.S.A. The usual suspect is China, with some justification; of the $55.5bn U.S. deficit in May, China accounted for $30.1bn. Of course, the origins of this deficit are more nuanced than fit into a tweet. China’s nat…
  • Before the Wall
    Posted on Mar 12, 2019
    The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is excited to announced that we will begin working with the writer Chris Ruffle and his new play ‘Before the Wall’ working with a new business model for the arts to develop this show. We have secured a slot at Gilded Balloon at the Museum for the Edinburgh Fringe 17th-26th August 2019, and have brought on board Dodie Finamore, a young up-and-coming Theatre Producer to work with us. Tickets are now available from the Gilded Balloon website.  We will be collectively working on ‘Before the Wall’ for the next 6 months, with plans for further developments in th…