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Kay Mellor’s ‘A Passionate Woman’ Comes to The Playhouse

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Kay Mellor’s romantic comedy, ‘A Passionate Woman’ comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th April. An Everyman Theatre Production, it stars Liza Goddard as Betty, a passionate, doting Mum who finds it hard to accept that her son is leaving home to get married.

“A Passionate Woman is a real feel-good play”, said Paul Milton, Everyman’s Creative Director. “It has a Shirley Valentine flavour to it. Set in the present, but with flashbacks to the 1960s, it has lots of romance, comedy and charm.”

The play is starts on the morning of the wedding. Betty retreats to her attic where she relives her long-lost youth and the love affair she had in the 1960s. Surrounded by her memories and ghosts from her past, she finds herself torn between a husband she never loved, a son about to leave, and the man she shared a passionate affair with.

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Everyman Theatre production of Kay Mellor’s The Passionate Woman starring Liza Goddard, Anthony Eden and Russell Dixon – 16.2.17 **Free single use in conjunction with Everyman Theatre press release**The byline www.thousandwordmedia.com must by used with all images used**
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We caught up recently with Liza Goddard, who has been really enjoying touring with this play. “This is a fantastic part for an older woman”, she told us. “It is both physically and mentally demanding but so rewarding too. The first part is comedy and the second is farce. We set up the gags in the first part.”

Liza, who has had a wonderful career, starting with ‘Skippy the Kangaroo’ over 50 years ago, particularly enjoys comedy. “You are on a knife edge”, she said. “It has the intensity of tragedy but with added timing. This is the first time I have done a Kay Mellor play and the writing is superb. She knew how women felt. Many people will find it so relevant to their lives. The characterisation and relationships are fantastic.”

Everyman Theatre production of Kay Mellor's The Passionate Woman starring Liza Goddard, Anthony Eden and Russell Dixon - 16.2.17 **Free single use in conjunction with Everyman Theatre press release**The byline www.thousandwordmedia.com must by used with all images used**  Picture by Antony Thompson - Thousand Word Media, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION. Contact for more information mob: 07775556610 web: www.thousandwordmedia.com email: antony@thousandwordmedia.com The photographic copyright (© 2017) is exclusively retained by the works creator at all times and sales, syndication or offering the work for future publication to a third party without the photographer's knowledge or agreement is in breach of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, (Part 1, Section 4, 2b). Please contact the photographer should you have any questions with regard to the use of the attached work and any rights involved.

Tickets are available at 0113 213 7700 or online at www.wyp.org.uk

Photography: Antony Thompson

 

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La Cage aux Folles at Leeds Grand Theatre is an Absolute Triumph!

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If you hadn’t planned on going to see ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ at Leeds Grand Theatre this week you might want to change that – what a show!

The entire audience was immediately on its feet at the end of the show. It was both hilariously funny and desperately sad and the performances were simply stunning. John Partridge as Albin was a revelation (what a belter!) and Adrian Zmed (who played Romano in TJ Hooker with William Shatner) as his partner Georges was perfect in that role. Marti Webb had a lovely cameo part as Jacquelline; Dougie Carter played Georges’ son; and as for Jacob, the butler/maid, played by Samson Ajewole….well hello!

The dancers – Richard Leavey, Matthew Ives, Louie-George Daniels, Jordan Livesey, Micah Holmes, Liam Paul Jennings and Luke Byrne – all made amazingly good women as well as being wicked dancers all with their own distinct personalities.

If you’re not familiar with the story, Georges is the manager of a Saint Tropez nightclub, his partner Albin is a drag artiste and the club’s star attraction. They live an idyllic existence in the south of France until Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious politician who is determined to shut down the local colourful night-life. And, they want to meet their daughter’s future parents in law! What could go wrong?

La Cage Aux Folles is on until Saturday 25th March – with matinees on Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th March.

Production image for La Cage aux Folles at Leeds Grand Theatre (7)_LRGrab tickets (£22.50 – £41.50) now via 0844 848 2700 or online at www.leedsgrandtheatre.com – you won’t regret it!

 

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Kenneth Armitage at the University of Leeds

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A new exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, celebrates the work of Kenneth Armitage, one of the most important British sculptors of the post-war period. The exhibition marks the homecoming of work by the artist who was born in Roundhay in 1916 and studied at Leeds College of Art.

“Armitage was born in this city and was a Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds, so this is a fitting homecoming for an artist whose work was appreciated by an international audience”, said Dr Stella Butler, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection.

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The exhibition draws on key items from the post-war period, focusing on work from the 1950s. In the years following the Second World War young sculptors, such as Armitage, emerged with ideas that took them beyond the legacies of their predecessors, such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

“The sculptures Armitage made during the 1950s rapidly established him as an artist of note internationally”, said Ann Elliott, Exhibition Curator. “Throughout his career he returned time and again to making linked, single figures and screens; hands, arms and legs made in isolation that tell of humanity’s wide and varied attitudes.”

VIB404896 People in the Wind, 1950 (bronze) by Armitage, Kenneth (1916-2002); 65x39x32.5 cm; © Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and North East Somerset Council; Kenneth Armitage Foundation; PERMISSION REQUIRED FOR NON EDITORIAL USAGE; English,  in copyright PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you. In addition, we work with the owner of the image to clear permission. If you wish to reproduce this image, please inform us so we can clear permission for you.

VIB404896 People in the Wind, 1950 (bronze) by Armitage, Kenneth (1916-2002); 65x39x32.5 cm; © Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and North East Somerset Council; Kenneth Armitage Foundation

The Tetley is joining The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery in celebrating Kenneth Armitage’s homecoming, by exhibiting ‘Redefining: Jessie Flood-Paddock and Kenneth Armitage’ from 6th May – 30th July. Armitage’s public art piece Both Arms (2000) has been on permanent display in Millennium Square since 2001, and is joined by further works around the city Legs Walking (2001) and Reach for the Stars (2001).

‘Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and drawing of the 1950s’ is guest curated by Ann Elliott, supported by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, and includes loans from Royal Academy of Arts, London; Leeds Museums and Galleries; Jonathan Clark Fine Art; British Council; Tate; The Whitworth; Ingram Collection; Arts Council Collection and Victoria Art Gallery.

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‘Kenneth Armitage: Sculpture and Drawing of the 1950s’ will be open Monday, 1pm – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free, and the exhibition runs until Saturday 15th July 2017.

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Found Footage Festival Returns to Hyde Park Picture House

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Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are bringing their Found Footage Festival back to the Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 25th March, starting at 9pm.

Volume 8 of their latest live show, features newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters across the US.

Nick and Joe, whose credits include The Onion and The Late Show with David Letterman, began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, ‘Inside and Outside Custodial Duties’ at a McDonald’s in Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos.

This year’s highlights include a collection of satanic panic videos from the 80s including ‘The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults’, outtakes and on-air bloopers from North Dakota local news, and a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell. There will also be highlights from David Letterman’s Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when he retired.

“Some of the funniest events we’ve ever held here are thanks to the brilliant Found Footage Festival”, says Wendy Cook, General Manager at the Hyde Park Picture House. “So we’re so excited to welcome Joe and Nick back to Leeds and cannot wait to see what hilarious gems they’ve unearthed for us this time around!”

Tickets are £12 and booking is advisable via 0113 275 2045 or http://hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/index.php?showing=9361#now-showing

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Re-imagined at Thackray Medical Museum

 

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Thackray Medical Museum has been working with three artists to create a brand new exhibition which will see museum objects, not usually on public display, uncovered and reimagined.

Thread artist Hayley Mills-Styles, visual artist Louise K Wilson and digital story teller Gemma Nash, have taken inspiration from intriguing objects in the museum stores to create new art.

‘Thackray Uncovered’ presents objects in storage and explore new ways of understanding the museum’s collection through the collaboration of art and science. The exhibition showcases three very different pieces of work, inspired by very different museum objects.

“Working with Gemma, Louise and Hayley has been an exciting opportunity to explore areas of the collection that the public doesn’t normally get to see”, said Catherine Robins, Assistant Curator. “It’s also been a great opportunity for me to think about the collections in a different way.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, each artist will lead a public workshop, giving visitors the chance to try some of the techniques used in the artworks. Workshops cost just £5 and are suitable for ages 12 upwards. The first session will take place on 16th March with Hayley Mills-Styles, followed by Gemma Nash on 20th April and Louise K Wilson on 15th June. To book, please visit www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk

The exhibition runs until 30th June.

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Writing On Air at Chapel FM

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Writing on Air is a literature festival….. on the radio. From 30th March – 2nd April, Chapel FM on York Road will host a raft of great writing from across Yorkshire featuring writers of all ages presenting their own specially created programmes.

Over the last six years, Chapel FM has built an exciting reputation for giving on-air opportunities to local writers. This is the second Writing on Air it has broadcast. Expect fiction, radio drama, discussion, poetry, open mic, on-air master classes, review, plus a Sunday morning Dawn Read.

If you would like to take part in any aspect of the Festival (including the Dawn Read on the morning of Sunday 2nd April), get in touch. Dawn Chorus volunteers will read from Alice in Wonderland, Three Men in a Boat, and Wind in the Willows between 6am and 9am.

Check their website for schedule details and opportunities to be part of the studio audience.

Listen live over the four days, or listen again at chapelfm.co.uk

For further information, contact 0113 22 55 944, info@chapelfm.co.uk, or www.chapelfm.co.uk

 

 

 

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New Gallery, New Name & a Spacecraft

The Soyuz TMA-19M  spacecraft with museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch & Bradford MPs Naz Shah & Philip Davies

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch & Bradford MPs Naz Shah & Philip Davies

A state-of-art £1.8m interactive gallery, a new name, and the arrival of astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft are among a series of major launches at the National Media Museum, Bradford, this year.

Set to become the ‘National Science and Media Museum’, to reflect its focus on the science behind the magic of photography, film and television, the museum unveils its new gallery ‘Wonderlab’ with an opening family weekend on 25th/26th March.

Featuring UK-firsts and breathtaking live shows, Wonderlab explores the science of light, sound and images through state-of-the-art exhibits – including some that can’t be seen permanently anywhere else in the world. Visitors will be able to see their body split from their head as they walk, hear their voices echo through a 15m-long tube, experience an anti-gravity mirror and a musical laser tunnel, and watch one of the world’s first 3D-printed Zoetrope installations.

The museum has also confirmed that it will host the world-famous Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft that carried Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station (ISS) and back to earth. You will be able to see the spacecraft in September, when it travels outside London for the first time since it was acquired by the Science Museum Group in 2016.

 

Artist Akinori Goto installing his 3D zoetrope

Artist Akinori Goto installing his 3D zoetrope

“These announcements are not only incredibly exciting, but a significant statement of intent – that we are aiming to be one of the leading museums in the UK and worldwide”, said Jo QuintonTulloch, Museum Director. “The museum has a bright future and we are confident that people will be wowed by Wonderlab and its state-of-the-art exhibits, along with many other events.

“We want to draw in new visitors, encourage existing ones to come more often, and open a whole new chapter for the museum. Our collections across the technology and culture of photography, film and TV are unrivalled, and Wonderlab explores the science behind what makes these things magical in a very hands-on way.”

Wonderlab presents more than 20 mind-blowing, permanent exhibits including:

  • UK’s first permanent ‘Time Twister’ screen, which separates head from body
  • A waterfall that visitors appear to make hover in mid-air with their hands
  • The world’s first permanent 3D-printed zoetrope by Japanese artist, Akinori Goto
  • A 6ft sphere with spectacular animations of the sun and earth
  • Self-portrait photos timed to the exact moment a water drop splashes
  • A musical laser tunnel designed by Bradford-based artists Steve Manthorp and Shanaz Gulzar

Changing our name to the National Science and Media Museum makes it clear what people can expect when they visit us and the plans we’re revealing fulfill that promise”, said Jo Quinton-Tulloch. “It is the start of our long term strategy to look at our core subjects differently and inspire the filmmakers, photographers, scientists and engineers of the future. Ultimately, our aim is to take our place among the top international museums and build on our status as a key part of British, Yorkshire and Bradford tourism.

Owl Project installing sound exhibit

Owl Project installing sound exhibit

“The arrival of Tim Peake’s spacecraft is a huge coup for us – the first time it can be seen in the UK outside of London. It was at the centre of one of the biggest broadcast events of 2016 and will be yet another reason for people to visit the museum when it goes on display later in the year.”

The new Wonderlab will also feature a series of immersive shows in the new 70-capacity theatre. Visitors will be part of spectacular experiments – from creating art together by drawing the universe with light and movement, to recreating the sound of a thunderstorm. Other interactive experiences include shooting smoke rings from giant air cannons using sound vibrations, the chance to explore an Egyptian pyramid with endoscope cameras, and exploding balloons with lasers.

 

Bradford artists Steve Manthorp & Shanaz Gulza

Bradford artists Steve Manthorp & Shanaz Gulza

Entry to the new gallery and entire museum is free. For more information see www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

 

Link to Wonderlab TV and cinema advert:

WONDERLAB_ONLINE_60 – LONG SOCIAL.mp4

WONDERLAB_ONLINE_30_SHORT SOCIAL.mp4

 

Soyuz spacecraft at the Science Museum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FHOvZFQ6iA

 

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Playhouse Awarded Grant to Develop Festival of Theatre & Dementia

Singing session for people living with dementia Photography by Anthony Robling (4)

West Yorkshire Playhouse has been awarded £99,950 by Arts Council England National Lottery funding to produce a Festival of Theatre and Dementia.

Exploring the experience of living with dementia through creative activity, the Festival will create new opportunities for older people living with dementia, collaborating with them as curators and performers. People living with dementia will play integral roles in shaping the Festival, including its events and performances and how it reaches different communities around Leeds, West Yorkshire and beyond.

“This award builds on our reputation as the UK’s foremost dementia friendly theatre, having introduced the world’s first dementia friendly performance in 2014”, said James Brining, West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director. “The creative arts are a fantastic way of supporting people to express themselves and connect with others, and we are delighted to open up our theatre to people affected by this condition.”

Community Development Manager, Nicky Taylor, said: “We anticipate that the Festival will bring opportunities for discussion and debate about dementia, to challenge stereotypes, and to provide a creative and fun opportunity for people with dementia to explore making and enjoying theatre. While people with dementia face huge challenges, feeling connected and valued by their community can have an enormous impact on feelings of confidence and self-worth.”

West Yorkshire Playhouse will be working in partnership with non-arts partners and collaborating with visiting arts companies to deliver the Festival. This will include joining forces with education organisations on research and practice, as well as dementia care programmes, consultancies and steering groups.

The Festival will address many perspectives on dementia, from care providers to families, children and young people, academics and most importantly people living with dementia.

“When I was diagnosed with dementia I thought my life was over, but taking part in all the creative activities at the Playhouse has been brilliant”, said Bob Fulcher, who participates in the Playhouse’s programme of activities. “My life is actually better now than before I had dementia, because I’m taking opportunities and meeting people. My life is good.”

The Festival programme itself will offer a range of opportunities to engage, discuss and learn about what dementia means to us in today’s society, as well as a range of theatre productions. It will include workshops to engage care staff, families affected by dementia and artists making work about dementia; participatory sessions to engage people living with dementia creatively; panel events and discussions focusing on specific aspects of dementia; and dementia friendly training opportunities for care staff and families to support the creativity of people with dementia.

It will also include a new full length play, and three short plays created by people with dementia, which will be performed at the Playhouse before touring to care homes.

The Playhouse’s innovative approach has been recognised with national awards from the Alzheimer’s Society and National Dementia Care. Most recently, the Playhouse presented the ‘Strictly Ballroom – The Musical’ dementia friendly performance to over 450 attendees, as well as sharing it’s model with other UK theatres to encourage the development of a national movement of dementia friendly performances.

The grant will enable the Playhouse to develop its work with people living with dementia, as well as develop new partnerships with both arts and non-arts organisations and relationships within the community.

 

 

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Earthlings, Monsters and Sheds

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‘Earthlings, Monsters and Sheds’, is an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Jane Lewis, Kevin Lycett and Alan Pergusey, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th March at Gallery Sixteen, 16 Sholebroke Place, Leeds LS7 3HJ.

These three artists are brought together for this exhibition by their feeling that there’s something not quite right with the world. Jane Lewis will be showing a series of 12 profoundly moving drawings entitled ‘Earthlings’, which are a response to the tragic and seemingly hopeless plight of animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research.

‘Monsters’ are the central motif of Kevin Lycett’s paintings. His latest suite of monster paintings are inspired by the six words for love, used in the Greek language. These will be supported by his earlier ‘mini-monster’ paintings.

Alan’s paintings take the shed or cabin and explore what it means to us as a place of refuge, safety and surveillance.

Exhibition Preview: Friday 10th March, 5pm – 9pm (Refreshments)

Exhibition open: Saturday 11th: 11am – 5pm and Sunday 12th 1 – 5pm (Tea and Cake).

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CONTAINED at WYP: Rethinking Disability

 

Mind the Gap's production of Container at the Mind the Gap Studios at Lister's Mill in Bradford.

 

Mind the Gap, England’s largest learning disability theatre company, begins the tour of new show CONTAINED at West Yorkshire Playhouse Friday 10 – Saturday 11 March.

Starring nine learning-disabled performers, including Liam Bairstow (Coronation Street, ITV) and Jez Colborne (Irresistible, London 2012 Olympic Games), who’s original score and lyrics feature in the show, CONTAINED presents nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

Liam Bairstow in CONTAINED. Photo by Tim Smith

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, CONTAINED explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves and the world that we live in.

 

Mind the Gap's production of Container at the Mind the Gap Studios at Lister's Mill in Bradford.

Directed by Alan Lyddiard (Anniversary, West Yorkshire Playhouse 2016) in collaboration with award winning photographer Denis Darzacq and Mind the Gap, this gritty, honest and thought-provoking show reflects the lives of people with learning disabilities in today’s society.

A series of free events for anyone who has purchased a ticket to CONTAINED will run alongside the show, including workshops, discussion events and an exhibition.

Box office 0113 213 7700   Book online www.wyp.org.uk

 

 

 

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