David Parry (poet)

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Writer

David William Parry (born 25 August 1958) is a author, poet, dramaturge, anarchist, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, active Libertarian, member of the World Nation Writers' Union and Wiccan.[1][2][3][4][5] He was the founder and chair of Gruntlers' Group and is currently Chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild.[6]

In the early eighties he moved to London from Fareham in Hampshire.[7] After living in South London for a few years, he graduated in religious studies at King's College London (1990). Later, in 1996, he obtained a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, London.[8]

Career

Parry has given readings as a poet, delivered lectures, offered sermons and performed public rituals across the United Kingdom since 1996. In 2008, Parry founded Gruntlers' as a loosely connected group of "Imagist" writers. By November 2009, this literary association had developed into "Gruntlers' Arts Group", staging regular events at the Poetry Place in Covent Garden. As a producer, director and actor in the subsequent “Gruntlers' Cabaret” at The Space, he helped establish “Gruntlers' Theatre”, which performed in 2010, "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah" at "Arts Educational School". Parry played the character "Lord Hatamkhan".[9][10] In December 2011, Parry directed the first English language production of "Shakespeare: a comedy in ten scenes, both serious and tragic" by the Azerbajiani playwright Elchin Afandiyev,[11] thereby introducing “Elchin Theatre” to Europe. Generally, critics agreed “Gruntlers'” was a three-pronged Arts Collective, consisting of a Theatrical Company, a literary salon and an international cabaret performing along the lines of DaDa, Absurdist and Surrealist Theatre. Its principal intention consisting in the promotion of Fringe arts in a contemporary setting.[12] However, by 2012 “Gruntlers'” finished and Parry started Theo-Humanist Arts (THA) Ltd.[13] A project hosting The London Althing at The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) that same year, where Parry was ordained as a priest of the goddess Nerthus by Freya Asswyn.[14][15]

Furthering European “Elchin Theatre”, July 2013 witnessed Parry’s production of "Citizens of Hell", which became Theo-Humanist Arts first major theatrical project.[16] All ventures leading to accusations of Parry being a Neo-Fascist by Indymedia UK,[17] and Circle Ansuz.[18] Partly to counterbalance these allegations, Parry started to co-host the alternative podcast “THA Talks” with Paul Obertelli.[19] Unrelatedly, in December 2014, Parry staged a scene from his own play "A Day in the Light" (based on a meeting between Albert Schweitzer and James Cameron) at the British House of Lords.

As a priest, Parry is listed as a registered celebrant for the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants (FOIC).[20] This makes him the first recognised Godhi in United Kingdom with authority to officiate at weddings, funerals, and Child Namings. A religious and political stance leading to his appointment as Press Secretary of the Libertarian Party (UK) in March 2015.[21]

Early June 2016, saw Parry play a cameo of Alfred Hitchcock in Nick Pelas' psychodrama "Hitchcock Homage" at Barons Court Theatre.[22] Additionally, in 2016 Parry both directed and co-produced "Shakespeare Tonight" at Theatro Technis as part of the Camden Fringe Festival,[23] before its staging in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Paradise Green.[24] Currently, Parry is engaged with Victor Sobchak’s ART-Vic as a creative director for “Cincinatus” and allied experimental productions.

Theatre

  • The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah Director/Producer/Actor (April 2010)[25]
  • Shakespeare: a comedy in ten scenes, both serious and tragic Director (December 2011)[26]
  • Citizens of Hell Director/Producer (July 2013)[27]
  • Shakespeare Tonight - Director/Producer (August 2016)[28]

References

  1. "About the Author". http://mountathos.org/?page_id=114. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. "Shakespeare Tonight - Live Theatre Production". http://shakespearetonight.co.uk/about/. 
  3. "http://akgo.org/index.php/bizdin-musheler/317-devid-uilyam-parri-a-yn-dramaturg-poet-actor-dramature-anarchist-and-quagan". http://akgo.org/index.php/bizdin-musheler/317-devid-uilyam-parri-a-yn-dramaturg-poet-actor-dramature-anarchist-and-quagan. 
  4. "Eurasian Creative Guild – About us". http://www.eurasiancreativeguild.uk/en/about-us-2/. 
  5. "Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK / Cambridge University hosts a round-table on Kazakhstan’s bid for the UN Security Council temporary membership". http://www.kazembassy.org.uk/en/articles/article/150. 
  6. "Eurasian Creative Guild – About us". http://www.eurasiancreativeguild.uk/en/about-us-2/. 
  7. "Interview with David Parry","'today.az'". http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/77024.html. 
  8. http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-William-Parry/e/B0034PD75S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1432985731&sr=8-2
  9. "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah" on ' "Today.az". http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/65820.html. 
  10. "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah" on ' "Today.az (different review)". http://www.today.az/news/vdiaspora/66275.html. 
  11. "SHAKESPEARE: A COMEDY IN TEN SCENES BOTH SERIOUS AND TRAGIC". http://www.thehorsehospital.com/past/live-past/gruntlers-theatre-presents-the-western-premiere-of-shakespeare-a-comedy-in-ten-scenes-both-serious-and-tragic/. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  12. "Gruntlers as part of London Alternative Fringe Festival". http://www.azerbaijanhouse.org/index.php?options=news&id=2&news_id=56%7C. 
  13. "THEO-HUMANIST ARTS LTD.". http://ukdatacentre.co.uk/company/08001325/THEOHUMANIST+ARTS+LTD. 
  14. "David Parry: Neo-Fascist! - UK Indymedia". https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2013/04/508114.html. 
  15. Survive the Jive (2012-10-29), The London Althing - Meeting of Heathens, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kia10XB7-Fg, retrieved 2016-11-13 
  16. "Review: ‘Citizens Of Hell’ (Includes interview and first-hand account)". http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/355027. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  17. https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2013/04/508114.html
  18. https://circleansuz.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/david-parry-neo-fascist/
  19. http://thatalks.com/aboutthatalks/
  20. http://www.foic.org.uk/home/celebrant-information?mid=719&pcp=false
  21. "Press Release 3-7-2015 | Libertarian Party UK". https://libertarianpartyuk.com/press-release-3-7-2015/. 
  22. ROBERTSON, EMK (June 6, 2016). "The Hitchhiker". https://helloemmakay.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/the-hitchhiker/. 
  23. "Shakespeare Tonight, Theatro Technis". http://shakespearetonight.co.uk/productions/theatrotechnis/. 
  24. "Show Details". https://www.paradise-green.co.uk/show-details/brochure/details/1581/. 
  25. David Parry (2012-08-17), "The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer Dervish Mastali Shah", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzWhbX9QFhk, retrieved 2016-08-09 
  26. Hospital, The Horse. "The Horse Hospital / Shakespeare: A Comedy in Ten Scenes both Serious and Tragic". http://www.thehorsehospital.com/past/live-past/gruntlers-theatre-presents-the-western-premiere-of-shakespeare-a-comedy-in-ten-scenes-both-serious-and-tragic/. 
  27. "Review: ‘Citizens Of Hell’ (Includes interview and first-hand account)". 2013-07-24. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/355027. 
  28. "Shakespeare Tonight, Theatro Technis". http://shakespearetonight.co.uk/productions/theatrotechnis/.