Press release skarab - ruskin house 22.07.09
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press release skarab - ruskin house 22.07.09
Croydon is never short of things to do, and this was something that the organizers of One
Giant Leap, had in mind when planning this completely unique event at Ruskin House. One
Giant Leap was a celebration of the culture and history behind the Moon Landing and
masterminded by an unusual team; l mental health nurse, a guitar teacher and an astrophysics
professor. The event was organized to bring some much needed funds into Ruskin House, one
of Croydon’s historical landmarks, and once again under threat of being sold off by the
The event featured a free Chinese buffet cooked by a guest actor who has had roles in
productions such as Little Britain and the Fifth Element [and incidentally, also an excellent
There were also celestial artwork exhibits from local artists, including Katie Allen, a second
year art undergraduate from Selsdon who has already had a commission to provide a
children’s book on the Moon Landing.
Later on there was also a live jam by members of Skarab, featuring walls of spacious sound
and strange musical effects. Throughout the night a regular stream of music from the Apollo
Years; 68-72 [all moon related of course], was set to looped projections of footage from the
era, hypnotically flashing across the wall of the venue.
There were informal educational talks about space exploration, and the search for extra
terrestrials from a Royal Observatory Professor of astrophysics, to ensure the event was just a
little bit informative as well as entertaining.
Patrons came to experience a blast from the past, and to enjoy the comfortable surroundings
and good company.
And, unlike the moon there was plenty of atmosphere....