Bestival curator Rob da Bank gets ready for Lost at Sea on the Isle of Wight.Picture by Robin Crossley.
LOST AT SEA
WITH just days to go until new Isle of Wight arts festival Lost at Sea launches, we caught up with Rob da Bank about Bestival’s latest creation.
Q. With two sell-out festivals already under your belt, what inspired you to start Lost At Sea on the IW?
A. So many people come to the IW around Bestival time to get ready for our big party, plus there are lots of people on the Island and on the South Coast who maybe want to experience some of the fun and talent of Bestival without coming to the whole show, so we set up Lost At Sea.
Q. How does Lost At Sea differ from Bestival and Camp Bestival?
A. It’s a cultural festival dotted all over the IW in many different kinds of venues and most events last just a few hours or less, so it’s really something that anyone can pop into and still be home for lunch/tea!
Q. Who will the Lost At Sea events appeal to?
A. Everyone. We have some kid-friendly shows right through to philosophy events and food offerings. I’d like to think whole families might go to some shows, but certain shows are much more specific to an age group.
Q. You have always supported new music and have often been ahead of the game in spotting the next big band or solo artist. What’s your hot tip for ones to watch within the Lost At Sea programme?
A. Hag is an amazing production that I’d recommend. The theatre company, The Wrong Crowd, is a young company who have had just one other play produced before this one. They have a unique and enchanting style, influenced by folklore and fairytales, involving puppetry, that appeals to both adults and older kids, without patronising them.
They have just had their first 5* review for Hag at Edinburgh Fringe – these guys are one to watch!
Q.The Lost at Sea events take place in a wide variety of venues around the IW. Can you tell us a bit more about some of the unusual ones?
A. Well yes - we wanted to take people out of the conventional spaces on the island so you can see jazz maestro Courtney Pine playing in Newport Minster church, have a crazy adventure on a steam train or see me do my alternative soundtrack to King Kong in the Robin Hill woods.
Q. You are surrounded by music, theatre, talks and comedy at your festivals. Why is it important to get a healthy dose of the arts into our lives?
A. Well, apart from my kids, nothing makes me happier than music so the arts really can make you feel good, whether you're taking part, performing or just soaking it up.
Q. What is the best (non-music) show or performance that you have ever seen?
A. Probably one of the Punchdrunk interactive theatrical shows that they've become famous for. I love their immersive style and not knowing what’s gonna happen next. Hopefully they'll come to Lost At Sea one day.
Gideon Reeling, the theatre company who are hosting the Edwardian Steam Train Adventure, have a similar style to Punch Drunk and so you can expect some similar japes if you go to this Lost at Sea event!
Q. What’s the best thing about living on the IW?
A. The fresh air, open spaces and beaches. And obviously I love the music scene and checking out the new acts and DJs coming up.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
If you were Lost at Sea, what would be your:
1. Favourite solo activity?
2. Catch of the day?
Sea bass sashimi
3. Favourite treasure?
Maybe a pearl lodged in an oyster shell.
Haha v clever.. Crystal Fighters - Waves or the wicked indie band Wavves.
5. Top secluded spot?
Saturday, August 31 - Hag, at Quay Arts, Newport. 2.30pm to 7pm
Hag is a captivating show that fuses live action, puppetry, music and physical theatre by The Wrong Crowd. The cast will also be running a workshop for ten to 16 year olds.
Saturday, August 31 - Rob da Bank’s King Kong Alternative Soundtrack, Robin Hill Woods. 7pm
Bestival founder Rob, has chosen an eclectic collection of tracks to accompany the 1933 classic adventure-fantasy film, King Kong.
Sunday, September 1 - The Amazing Bubble Show, Medina Theatre, Newport. 11am
This incredible stage show celebrates the magic, art, science and the pure unadulterated joy of bubbles! For kids aged 2-11.
Sunday, September 1 - The Salon du The Express; an Edwardian Adventure by Rail, IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet. 2pm
Delight in this unique and magical family theatrical train ride aboard the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Sunday, September 1 - Sea Shanty Sundowners with The Crew & The Dollypopps, Little Gloster, Gurnard. 4.30pm
Watch the sun setting over the Solent as you listen to Sea Shanty harmonies lilting on the breeze, sipping a rum-punch sundowner.
Monday, September 2 - Philosophy Bites: A Slice of Real Life, Royal Hotel, Ventnor. 7pm
David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton, from the hugely popular podcasts and website Philosophy Bites present a Slice of Real Life, through their insightful discussions of Love, Death, Charity and Happiness.
Tuesday, September 3 - Jim Rayner: A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, Little Gloster, Gurnard. 7pm
Highly respected restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner will be hosting an exquisite dinner at the beautiful seafront restaurant, the Little Gloster.
Tuesday, September 3 - Andrew Maxwell and Benny Boot, Quay Arts, Newport. 8pm
Double bill of comedy at Quay Arts, featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and TV star Andrew Maxwell, and Benny Boot, hailed by critics and comics alike as one of the UK’s greatest and most original joke writers.
Wednesday, September 4 - Courtney Pine supported by IOW Youth Orchestra, Newport Minster, The Parish Centre, Newport. 7.30pm
An opportunity to catch a musical legend at work. The finest and most recognised jazz saxophonist on the planet, the mercurial Courtney Pine.