I’m Malcolm, I’m the director of Mufti Games and I’ve created this blog to document observations and thinking I am doing around play.
I am currently a Leverhulme Art Scholar attached to Bristol Old Vic Ferment and I am concentrating on developing my practice around play in theatre and heritage settings. I’ll be writing about shows, events, exhibitions and everyday happenings that I see valuable to the play community. I’ll also note down musings I have about the state of play in our current climate.
I hope you enjoy what you read, please feel free to start a conversation below or get in touch with me directly.
“Every country, all kids play the same”
Today I visited Heroes Women’s Group which takes place every Thursday at Full Circle Family Centre in St Pauls. I went to talk to them about their memories of play for our Transforma-bin project.
Sood, Angela, Fatima and Belinda told stories about playing in fields, round blocks and up and down stairs. We talked about the differences in play now and what obstacles prevent outdoor play. We talked about free, unorganised play and more structured team games. We were also lucky to be joined by Soloman who was on work experience. There was much said about video games being a barrier but we also talked about their benefits- how ‘you can be in your own world’. There was a wish for more local green space available to “roll down and stare up at the sky”. The group also feel that young people should be able to access sports teams in St Pauls- particularly Basketball. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and I look forward to talking to more groups about memories of play.
You can listen to a short snippet of the group talking about wink murder and other games here:
If you are part of a group in Ashley, Easton or Lawrence Hill and you would like to share your memories for this project, please get in touch.
I popped into Scrapstore today – an
“Aladdin’s Cave of low-cost, varied and abundant scrap materials for creative play – safe surplus resources collected from business and industry.”
What I didn’t know was that they also have an in house Play Team and run all sorts of brilliant activities.
One particularly brilliant thing is their Playpod.
“The Scrapstore PlayPod® is a holistic process that works with the entire school community to change both the human and physical play environment transforming play at lunchtimes.”
I was really excited to find out about the activities, the Playpod and get tour of the play areas and warehouse space. We’ll be using materials from Scrapstore for our Transformabin workshops, (along with other bits and pieces) I cant wait to get Game Inventing!
We’ll be playing L_ve Hangman in the big smoke next weekend at the Barbican Centre. They have also commissioned us to make a new game………Classification Station!
“We have been collecting collections from all over the place.
But disaster has struck, some of them have been muddled up!
Dinosaurs jumbled with spanners, brushes with toy cars.
Can you help us organise our objects?”
Its all part of the brilliant exhibition Magnificent Obsessions exhibition, have a look here
So, to see play both of these great games come see us….
Garden Room, floor 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street
L_ve Hangman 11:30-12:00, 13:30-14:00 15:00-15:30
Classification Station all day, drop in.