Newly-formed in 2012 for the show 'Song of the Windsmith', we aim to bring cutting edge multi-media theatre to new audiences.
The Aethernauts are...
Kevan Manwaring (aka The Aviator) is a writer, teacher and storyteller who lives in Stroud. Holder of an MA in the Teaching and Practice in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, he teaches creative writing for the Open University and Skyros Writers’ Lab. He also runs freelance courses in storytelling and various aspects of the writing process to a wide variety of students. As a professional storyteller he has appeared in numerous shows both solo and with Fire Springs, both in Britain and abroad (USA, Germany, Italy and Malta). He is the author of Turning the Wheel, The Bardic Handbook, Lost Islands, the ongoing Windsmith books and his poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. In 2010 he was a Writer-in- Residence at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea, Egypt. He is currently working on folk tales for The History Press, as well as a screenplay or two.
Bristol-based Singer/Songwriter Musician/Artist James Hollingsworth (aka The Wizard) has a unique, complex guitar style, reminiscent of Andalusian guitar as well as classic rock. Constantly touring the UK as an inspiring solo singer/ songwriter/guitarist, playing to small audiences with little or no amplification; or to larger audiences through his vocal PA, often adding to his performances with live phrase-sampling ('Looping') of his guitar, voice and other instruments, creating Folk-Blues 2.0 and "Psy-Trad" (Psy-Trance with Traditional instruments). Meanwhile, James is co-producing his latest album with legendary ‘Genesis’ producer John Burns.
Jonathan Hayter’s (aka The Baron) current explorations are as a multi-media artist, using traditional ways such as drawing and painting and particularly, using techniques developed from shadow puppet creating works as film, video and sculpture to develop his own ideology. Under “Figure of Speech” is an archive of work established over many years using his unique approach. He also has a well-established working relationship with schools and continues to offer Workshops using multimedia techniques under the Figure of Speech name. Jonathan has developed his own mythology using Archetypal Symbols. He also is inspired by many other things from Shamanism to world mythology. He is currently working closely with Jose Navarro, a London based Peruvian Puppeteer developing his ideas still further... Jose Navarro’s current show is Children of the Sun developed with puppets made by Jonathan Hayter.
Based near Munich in Germany, Miriam Schäfer(aka The Whirlwind) is an accomplished professional Oriental Belly Dancer and has studied eclectic forms of dance and movement in her personal journey into spirituality and artistic expression. http://www.miriamar.de/
Rob Goodman (Herr Direktor) has extensive experience in Acting for Theatre/Film/TV. Also Presenting for TV; Writing; and as a 1st Assistant. Director for FILM. His mantra is: 'Always working for perfection in my expression of acting.' He teaches on going master classes in New York-Paris-London. Rob works mostly in film, but between filming he is always working on live performances, which he writes and stage as One Man shows in theatres. In demand for his many skills, he is the director of the show. www.robertgoodman.co.uk
GO STEAMPUNK! Backwards into the Future
It's the Archaic Revival, old bean... Uncle Terence (Mckenna) will explain...
"History is ending because the dominator culture has led the human species into a blind alley, and as the inevitable chaostrophie approaches, people look for metaphors and answers. Every time a culture gets into trouble it casts itself back into the past looking for the last sane moment it ever knew. And the last sane moment we ever knew was on the plains of Africa 15,000 years ago rocked in the cradle of the Great Horned Mushroom Goddess before history, before standing armies, before slavery and property, before warfare and phonetic alphabets and monotheism, before, before, before. And this is where the future is taking us because the secret faith of the twentieth century is not modernism, the secret faith of the twentieth century is nostalgia for the archaic, nostalgia for the paleolithic, and that gives us body piercing, abstract expressionism, surrealism, jazz, rock-n-roll and catastrophe theory. The 20th century mind is nostalgic for the paradise that once existed on the mushroom dotted plains of Africa where the plant-human symbiosis occurred that pulled us out of the animal body and into the tool-using, culture-making, imagination-exploring creature that we are. And why does this matter? It matters because it shows that the way out is back and that the future is a forward escape into the past."