1956 Entertainments make a rather brave step in staging a dark, non-musical version of the Dickens classic; Oliver Twist. Not only that, but they have cast a female (Emma Fernell) in the title role.
Upon entering the theatre you get the sense that this isn’t going to be any normal production of Oliver Twist. The cast are already waiting for the audience as the doors open, with creepy music playing it almost felt as if I was entering a haunted house.
It's always going to be a tall order; to condense the life of Casanova into a 2 hour dance performance but when you find out; this is Kenneth Tindall's first full narrative for Northern Ballet and the show is inspired by Casanova's original memoirs; you soon realise that if anyone can pull it off, it's going to be this production.
We went into this performance, with no idea at all of what to expect. The descriptions were vague and after seeing Scanner, I can understand why. It really transcends explanations.
Scanner is a digital sound artist and for the first 45-50 minutes of the evening, we were shown some artsy films, with Scanner creating and "performing" the digital score live. I say "performing" because there was not really anything particularly performative about it. In fact, aside from some knob twiddling and rhythmic head bobbing, there was not a whole lot of indication as to what he was doing - for all we knew, he could be playing Solitaire on his computer set up.
A young couple with their lives ahead of them. A stroll home from a night out. A mugging that goes horribly wrong, leaving a grieving widow and her murdered partner trapped between this world and the next. Yep, folks, it’s Ghost - a beautiful story made famous by Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the 1990 ﬁlm and then reworked into a musical.
Bubbemeises is Yiddish, it translates simply as a grandmother's story, a tall story; and what a fantastic, funny and genuinely honest storyteller Nick Cassenbaum is in this, the first night of his UK tour of Bubble Schmeisis.
Writer and Performer Cassenbaum invites you to join him in the Canning Town Schvitz, East London’s last authentic bath house. A place where you cleanse your mind and clean your touchus!
Michael Morpurgo, children’s laureate in 2003-5 and the writer of Running Wild, based his book on distant memories he recalled of a young girl carried to safety by a beach elephant during the Tsunami that hit Phuket, Indonesia in 2004, although his book features a young boy. Samuel Adamson is the man responsible for adapting the book to stage and what an incredible story is told and recreated in this adventure with disasters and the consequences of destruction by natural forces and at the hands of man. Tragedy, loss, hope and a young girls desperate battle for survival as she encounters wild animals and profiteering poachers as she seeks safety.
Let me take you back to the time of Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, and Cyrano Savinien Hercule De Bergerac. Well, the first two at least were real, and the latter of course the famous fabled Cyrano - an army cadet, a poet, actor and would-be lover.
This Easter weekend at the Lowry Theatre, The Nearly There Yet Theatre Company performed The Party to a very excited young audience. Great preparations for Cameron’s (Kaveh Rahnama) birthday party had been made with fantastically wrapped gifts and a spectacular birthday cake. Excitement was high as Cameron began his party with music and dancing. Soon after unexpected guests started popping out of presents with Wonder Woman (Alice Allart) the first to attend the party as she steamed her way out of a beautifully wrapped box.
As soon as I entered the auditorium this evening I was struck by the set.... I double checked I was in the right theatre as it has not been unknown for me to have taken a seat in the wrong one at the Lowry. Yes, right theatre, so what is so unusual about the set? Well, surrounded by white curtaining which was put to good use with superb lighting effects to enhance the moods, there is a centrepiece construction of wood with several platforms, metal ladders and resembles a childrens play centre complete with a band incorporated.
Now in its 9th year, and getting bigger all the time, this is a festival of youth dance from all over Salford, and celebrates children's achievements in a way very few festivals do. This is organiser and co-ordinator Karen Acton's brainchild, and although it is undoubtedly an organisational nightmare, I feel sure that she will feel, now that it is over, that it has all been worth it, and will start eagerly planning her 10th Anniversary show!
They say that opposites attract and BalletBoyz' Life. proves this is absolutely the case with two exceptional pieces that are at opposite ends of the same subject: light and dark, boy and man, life and death!
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