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Weʼre raising £3,000 to Support the Bath Arts Workshop Book Group.

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We are creating a book to celebrate the work of Bath Arts Workshop (BAW) from 1969-79. This wildly adventurous and irreverent project included alternative summer festivals that took over the city of Bath with daring street theatre, music, poetry, and alternative technology. And this was only part of it!. There was Rocky Ricketts (the legendary aging rock star and his fabulous Rockettes); the 'Smart Party of Great Britain' led by Sir Rafe Oswick; the 'Normals' - in dinner suits, bowler hats and silver lurex face masks; as well as the occasional weeping brides (see above)! They were all part of a theatre company that was both subversive and inclusive and broke many a boundary in the streets of Bath and Europe.

But there was much more: there were sumptuous Christmas dinners for the old and homeless; an adventure playground; a printshop; fantastical mystery tours for old people, and drama workshops for kids. There was a charity shop and a community transport service. There were geodesic domes and solar panels - the first stirrings of alternative technology. We challenged the status quo in the public domain but also in our working lives. We worked collaboratively with equal pay (when we had the money) and we were all involved in all aspects of the project - lugging furniture up and down Georgian stairways by day, and on stage as glittering rock stars by night (albeit outrageously over the top spoof rock stars!). Massive amounts of work were involved in staging city-wide festivals involving hundreds of performers, rigging lights, building stages and so on; and in the daily routine of running our events and activities. Our book will tell this story - not just a pageant of amazing things that appeared in an unsuspecting landscape, but of the infrastructure that made it all possible and the obstacles we faced along the way.

We have gathered hundreds of fantastic evocative photographs, newspaper cuttings and other materials, and we are writing a narrative account of those times that were so full of optimism and a desire for change. Please support us to document the work of Bath Arts Workshop.

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  • Victoria (Tory) Forbes Adam2 months ago
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    Victoria (Tory) Forbes Adam

    2 months ago

    Hello everyone - things are going well with the project - focusing on writing the story line over the next couple of months. Lots of people have contributed thoughts and memories of events and life in BAW. Some by ex-workers and others from adults and children who lived in the Walcot area of Bath during the 1970s. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, which is brilliant. Nearly half way to our target! Any gifts large or small will be very gratefully received. Cheers! From the BAW Book Group.

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Page last updated on: 8/20/2018 11:00 AM

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16

  • Val

    Val

    Aug 20, 2018

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 13, 2018

    Here's a contribution,Lucyx

    £50.00

  • Penny Forbes Adam

    Penny Forbes Adam

    Jul 1, 2018

    £30.00

  • Mitch Mitchelson

    Mitch Mitchelson

    Jun 24, 2018

    Here we go.

    £30.00

  • Tom Costello

    Tom Costello

    Jun 16, 2018

    £100.00

  • Georgina Carless

    Georgina Carless

    Jun 14, 2018

    £20.00

  • Corinne D'Cruz and Mick Banks

    Corinne D'Cruz and Mick Banks

    Jun 12, 2018

    Let's get it over the thousand mark! Can't stand looking at £982!

    £19.00

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Victoria (Tory) Forbes Adam

Victoria (Tory) Forbes Adam

I worked for Bath Arts Workshop (BAW) for 4 years in the 1970s and have joined a group of about 20 fellow ex-BAW members to create and write a book to tell the story of the workshop: How we worked, how we lived and what we were striving to change.

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