Tableaux Vivants

My latest project is to stage a series of tableaux vivants. These will take place daily over the coming week. Each one will last for a duration of no more than one minute, at a push, at various locations in the hustle and bustle of the London streets, what Keith Pratt termed “the hurly-burly of the urban conurbation”, and each one will be a vivid, static, solo re-enactment of a significant historical event. I have thus far chosen six subjects:

The death of Socrates
The sinking of the Lusitania
The Punic Wars
The relief of Mafeking
The second resignation of David Blunkett
My first choc-ice

I would be grateful to readers for suggestions for the seventh and final tableau vivant, which it is intended will outshine the other six in both vividness and historical significance.

6 thoughts on “Tableaux Vivants

  1. Expulsion of Lucifer from Heaven
    Invention of the wheel
    Birth of Baby Cambridge
    Stout Cortez with eagle eyes/wild surmise, staring at the Pacific

  2. Choc ice no. 2

    Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

    The destruction by fire of Von Kempelen’s mechanical Turk

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer release “Pictures at an Exhibition”

  3. Pliny the Elder writes about soil for the first time

    The Arduino Due is released, based on the Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU, the first Arduino board based on a 32-bit ARM core microcontroller

    The US constitution is replaced in its entirety by a new interpretation of the lyrics from Pete Sinfield’s “Still”

    Choc ice no. 7

  4. Asclepius gets annoyed wondering when his male chicken will arrive

    Carl Sagan gets annoyed with Plato

    Dave Cranmer wonders if there’s really a hyphen in choc-ice

    Frank Key stays up past his bedtime moderating Hooting Yard comments

  5. Dorothy Ashby’s albums are all re-written for the laser harp

    A giant cyborg constructed by ex-members of The Incredible String Band delivers an important parcel to Haemaglobin Towers

    Leonard Nimoy realises his name is an anagram of “I’m only a drone”

    Dave Cranmer realises he has work in the morning and is in trouble from various different sources…

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