4/10/2019 0 Comments
An extravagant Easter Feast for the whole family is taking place on Easter Monday along with a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The Hepworth Cafe at The Hepworth Wakefield is hosting an Easter feast with sweet and savoury treats for all the family (parents get their own food too).
There’ll be a variety of Easter-themed sandwiches, scones, shortbread and more. Children will also receive an Easter Egg and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The menu has been created by The Hepworth Café’s Executive Chef Chris Hale.
Chris, who was a MasterChef Quarter-Finalist in 2016, said: “We’re excited to put on a family event with amazing food for children and their carers to enjoy.
“We’re a family run cafe and families are a big focus of what we do here. So we wanted to put on an event to indulge the young and old alike.”
To book, go to: https://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/easter-family-afternoon-tea/
Special dietary requirements can be catered for on request by email.
If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01924 247376.
This is a comedy set on board a cruise liner sailing to New York in the 1930s. Two playwrights and a musician have part written a musical and are meeting up with the main actor and actress who will be starring in it on board the ship. Comedy ensues when the playwrights and musician accidentally overhear the actor and actress on the balcony above. John Partridges character tries to save the situation. There is also a comedy waiter played admirably by a young up coming actor called Charlie Stemp.
Whilst the storyline wasn't strong there were some funny one liners. The set was very professional. John Partridge was the star and he was excellent, with perfect comic timing, watching him was definitely the highlight of the show. He also does a wonderful dance routine at the end of the show with Charlie Stemp.
The official lowdown
Written by Academy, Tony and Olivier award-winning writer Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Thing) and directed by acclaimed director Rachel Kavanaugh(The Wind in the Willows, Half a Sixpence), Rough Crossingtells the tale of two famous but desperate playwrights stuck in an ocean liner headed for New York.Feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land(and opening night),they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man. Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.The star cast is led by John Partridge;winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef, charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders andone of musical theatre’s most prolific leading men having played in major West End musical hits, includingChorus Line, Chicagoand La Cage Aux Folles. Joining Partridgeisone of musical theatre’s brighteststars, Olivier-award nominee Charlie Stemp. Freshfrom SnowWhiteat the London Palladium, Stemp has triumphedin both London and Broadway,starring opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! andin the West Endin Half a Sixpence. He will play Bertin the 2019 revival of Mary Poppins. Rough Crossingwill also featureWestEnd star Issy van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda), comedy TV favourite Matthew Cottle(Game On, The Windsors),Holby City’sRob Ostlere and Simon Duttonwho portrayed Simon Templar inThe Saint.
3/26/2019 0 Comments
THE FULL MONTY BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
Telling the story of six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, The Full Monty has become one of Britain’s most successful stage shows featuring iconic songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones (amongst others).
The all-star cast is led by Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks, EastEnders, The Bill, Footballers’ Wives, winner of Dancing On Ice). Joining Lucy is: Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies, Bremner, Bird & Fortune) as Gerald; Louis Emerick (Coronation Street, Benidorm, Brookside) as Horse; Joe Gill (Emmerdale) as Lomper; Kai Owen (Torchwood, Hollyoaks) as Dave; and James Redmond (Hollyoaks, Casualty) as Guy.
The Full Monty is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 March 2019
Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 270
The Full Monty is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre. His screen credits include The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Battle of the Sexes, and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as The Full Monty.
This new production will be directed by Rupert Hill whose directing credits include Leatherbird, Mole Hills, and Rolling with Punches. Rupert is also an actor known for playing Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street. He was also a previous cast member ofThe Full Monty.
2/19/2019 0 Comments
A Wakefield MasterChef finalist is serving up a “Taste of Yorkshire” at an exclusive pop-up restaurant event.
Executive Chef at The Hepworth Wakefield and MasterChef finalist Chris Hale has designed a one-off seasonal tasting menu, with carefully paired wines for each of the five courses which he will showcase at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Mr Hale, who lives in Wakefield City Centre, took over The Hepworth Café which is based inside The Hepworth gallery, 18 months ago after appearing on the popular BBC cooking contest and setting up his own successful event catering company Pop Up North.
He said: “After appearing on MasterChef I trained with chefs around the globe before setting up my own event catering and private dining company.
“Then the opportunity at The Hepworth came along and it was too good to miss. The Hepworth is iconic internationally and has put Wakefield on the map. So I want to put Wakefield and Yorkshire suppliers on the map too.
“We have some of the best produce globally and we need to shout about it and try to shop local where possible.
“I am proud to be using the best seasonal produce Yorkshire has to offer for this unique fine dining experience.
“I can’t wait to showcase my food art inside such an atmospheric and relaxed setting.”
The event is part of the Wakefield’s Rhubarb Festival of food and drink.
Taste of Yorkshire, The Pop-Up Restaurant takes place on Saturday 23rd February at 7pm at The Hepworth Wakefield.
For more information and to book, go to: https://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/pop-up-restaurant/ or contact: email@example.com
The Hepworth Cafe is open 10am – 5pm every day and for special occasions.
Canapés and drink on arrival.
– Venison tartare with walnut ketchup, pine oil & mushrooms.
– Yorkshire Surf N Turf: seared scallop, glazed pigs cheek, celeriac puree, black pudding crumb, pork scratching & pickled apple.
– Lamb rack, liquorice confit lamb neck, minted peas, caramelised fennel, pomme purée and lamb jus.
– Coffee, chocolate & salted caramel.
– An authentic Yorkshire cheeseboard.
Vegetarian Menu (vegan on request).
Canapés and drink on arrival.
– Tomato tartare with walnut ketchup, pine oil & mushrooms.
– Rhubarb & Yorkshire fettle risotto.
– Cauliflower steak, crispy kale, minted peas, caramelised fennel, pomme puree and beurre noisette.
– Coffee, chocolate & salted caramel.
– An authentic Yorkshire cheeseboard.
2/16/2019 2 Comments
You read that right, we went on a GIN TOUR of York with Brewtown Tours who kindly gifted Blog Up North influencers this trip.
As you may know the Blog Up North team is made up of some of the best northern content creators and we work with brands and businesses to create amazing content. So when Brewtown Tour invited us and industry experts along for the ride (and a gin tour)… we jumped at the chance.
Brewtown Tours which was set up by York-based Mark Stredwick, takes a group (of up to 8 people) on a range of brewery tours for real ale fans and now a gin tour for the gin lovers amongst us.
On this tour we were experiencing three distilleries – Cooper King, Rare Bird and Hooting Owl. All independent makers of gin with exceptional stories…
We met Mark our tour guide at 10am inside York train station before our group (made up of Blog Up North Influencers and business people) boarded the minibus.
Once we had driven out of the scenic city centre and through the busy traffic, Mark introduced the tour with a real warm Yorkshire welcome and got everyone to introduce themselves and their gin-memories.
It was a great way to break the ice and to get to know one another and also kick off the theme of our day which was all about GIN! I’ll be honest I am no gin-fan and I don’t even drink alcohol (I’ll taste it but that’s it) but I have already been on a real ale tour of breweries with Brewtown and again I had been sceptical but it was such a fun day out networking/team-building and also really interesting. So I knew this would be the same and if I was to drink alcohol I reckon I could stomach gin (as well as Espresso Martinis as I am a coffee addict!).
Cooper King Distillery
Our first stop was a self-built gin distillery (apparently the only one in the UK). Cooper King started out in Whiskey but as Whiskey takes a long time to produce, gin was a good option in the meantime.
Chris the owner (who runs Cooper King with his partner Abbie) said: “A basic gin is a juniper vodka. Just one botanical can make a gin.
“It’s best to taste gin straight first before adding tonic water.”
So after seeing how the gin was made, we tried some gin straight. By this time it was 11am so not too early in the morning to be having a gin!
To my surprise it was really nice, strong but flavoursome. I added some Fevertree tonic which for me made it more appetizing as I am not used to strong alcohol these days.
He also recommeneded adding a sprig of rosemary which changed the flavour again and I copildn’t believe how much I enjoyed the taste.
It was great hearing about him and his wife’s journey to becoming gin distillers and how they made the place from scratch with friends.
After half an hour sat in their cosy bar, trying shots of gin, we were on our way.
The tour is great for networking and team building as you’re together all day either in the minibus or in the distilleries.
Rare Bird Distillery
Our next stop was Rare Bird which is run by retired fireman Matt.
The Rare Bird distillery, shop and gin school are conveniently located in the heart of Malton which is self-proclaimed “Yorkshire’s food capital.”
The distillery boasts a unique gin school where people sit around with their own mini machines to make their own gins.
After sharing his story about some of the trials and tribulations of setting up a gin business, he then showed us around the compact but luxurious space.
This part of the tour fell on lunchtime so after sampling some of Rare Bird’s gins we had some time to either eat a packed lunch or buy something from Bluebird Bakery opposite or the ice cream parlour next door.
The small open bakery is a little gem in itself as you can watch the bakers at work in the kitchen.
Being Vegan, I bought my own food as it can be quite hard to get a proper meal when you’re out and about and not in a city centre.
After a quick lunch we were back on the minibus for our last stop which was Hooting Owl distillery.
Hooting Owl Distillery
We were greeted into the distillery by owner Dominic M’Benga and welcomed into the bunkhouse of his stunning Barmby Moor House.
As we entered it felt like being in someone’s snug dining room. We all sat around the dining table ready for a unique experience in its own right.
A couple of hours quickly passed by as we were treated to lots of London Dry Gin from Hooting Owl’s Signature Gin to the Tour of Yorkshire gins. We compared the artisan gin against large companies who produce gin and we were blown away by the difference.
Dominic is a real showman and we felt like we his friends as he supplied us with copious amounts of his range of gin which are inspired by different parts of Yorkshire as well as his background as a former serviceman.
We could have spent even longer at Hooting Owl but we had to get back on our train via the York rush hour traffic.
Brewtown Tours Gin Tour was a day well spent – brilliant for team building and corporate events, hen and stag parties, and put simply the perfect gift for a gin lover.
1/21/2019 0 Comments
Leeds Playhouse are kicking off 2019 with a Yorkshire tale of boy and bird, and a national tale of family and heartbreak as Kes and random begin rehearsals.
Full of energy and life, actors Lucas Button and Jack Lord, who have just finished working together on the War Horse UK tour, are currently rehearsing for Kes, adapted for the stage byRobert Alan Evans from Barry Hines’ iconic novel A Kestrel for a Knave. Celebrating 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s seminal film, the moving story of young Billy and his kestrel soars into the Pop-Up theatre from the end of January.
Also in rehearsal, Silent Witness and Hollyoaks star Kiza Deen takes on the beautifully crafted random, a heartbreakingly relevant one-woman play by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Debbie Tucker Green. Following an ordinary family who find themselves caught up in catastrophe and grief, Kiza embodies four different characters in this detailed and brilliantly observed play, directed by the acclaimed Gbolahan Obisesan.
From 4 February, both productions will play back-to-back in the Pop-Up theatre, giving audiences the opportunity to experience both of these extraordinary stories in one evening.
Kes plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre from 25 January to 16 February, with random playing from 4 to 16 February.
Kes, Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre
Fri 25 Jan - Sat 16 Feb, Press Night Mon 28 Jan, 7pm
random, Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre
Mon 4 - Sat 16 Feb, Press Night Wed 6 Feb, 8.45pm
To book, go to:
Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk
What's on at Leeds Playhouse in 2019?
Leeds Playhouse will host its 2018/19 season in a Pop-Up theatre on the existing Playhouse site, whilst a Capital Redevelopment project of the building takes place. The Pop-Up season, in association with SOYO Leeds, also includes: Intergenerational performance Dinner 18:55 sees members of our older people’s and youth programmes make time for a meal and a conversation. William Shakespeare's Hamlet confronts us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world, with Hamlet played by Tessa Parr. Follow the adventures of Phileas Fogg in Easter romp Around the World in 80 Days, both in the Pop-Up and community venues across the city region. The season closes with Amanda Whittington’sBe My Baby, in association with Mind the Gap theatre company, exploring shame, teenage pregnancy and female friendship the 1960s.
The Playhouse is currently embarking on a major Capital Redevelopment project, signalling a vital new chapter in the Playhouse’s long history. The project will see the building transformed, with a new city-facing entrance, improved access, and the addition of a new studio theatre space, the Bramall Rock Void, in a venue that is both much more financially resilient and environmentally sustainable.
Led by Leeds City Council, the £15.8m redevelopment project has also secured vital support from Arts Council England alongside major grants from The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and The Foyle Foundation. Irwin Mitchell became the first confirmed Principal Capital Partner continuing their long-term support of our Access Programme, as well as naming the new Irwin Mitchell foyer. The Pop-Up theatre at LeedsPlayhouse is in association with SOYO Leeds as part of their commitment, jointly with Moda, as Principal Capital Partners. The Brooke Room in the new development will be named after Sir Rodney and Dr Lady Clare Brooke, the Playhouse Chairman and his wife, following their major donation to the project. The PLAY YOUR PART fundraising campaign invites the public to get involved and support the Playhouse’s transformation.
The spine-tingling Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is on at Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds.
This must-see Christmas production in Leeds has already been reviewed by Blog Up North's Mel Neale.
Here's what Mel thought:
The Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up theatre is delightfully intimate and a perfect performance space for this beloved classic. Our adventure begins as we locate this tucked away gem, when we discovered the entrance we were immediately transported on to a Dickensian street. The smell of mulled wine filled the air, and the audience hustled and bustled on the cobbled street or found a quaint little corner to sit in. On entering the theatre itself I was enchanted; The set design, lighting and costume were magical. As I sat in expectation for the performance to begin I realised I was a little nervous; like many of us, this story holds a special place in my heart and I am protective of it. However, the story was placed in very safe hands. Deborah McAndrew’s northern adaptation did us proud.
The stage opens in song as our vibrant ensemble bring the victorian setting to life. This talented chorus seamlessly morph from character to character as they weave the tapestry of the story. Throughout this telling there is a dark undertone, the fragility of life is never far away and the impish chorus of spirits are a reminder of the ever present afterlife. However, the excellent performances of Hull truck theatre and Amy Leach’s direction, meant that laughter, joy and hope are also ever present. In one moment we might be in the otherworldly enchantment of the ethereal ghost of Christmas past, in the next the tenderness of the Cratchit home, and in the next being entertained in musical hall style by the fabulous ghost of Christmas present.
This enchanting, funny and musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol cannot fail to get you in the Christmas spirit.
. With an extended run and over 17,000 tickets already sold, this much-loved Dickens tale is filled with Christmasspirit, joy and music and runs from 20 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.
The official Low-Down
The production's Tiny Tims are played by young local actors Lipalo Mokete from Leeds and Seb Smallwood from Harrogate. Cast following an open call-out in September which saw over 50 young people audition for the role, Lipalo and Seb have spent their half terms rehearsing with cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Robert Pickavance (Europe, Leeds Playhouse).
The full company are made up of the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble with Bob Cratchit being played by Darren Kuppan (Morocco in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) and Mrs Cratchit played by Jo Mousley (Katia in Europe, Leeds Playhouse).
Taking us through Scrooge’s dreams are the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, played by Tessa Parr (Adele in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) and Elexi Walker (Airplays, Leeds Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds) respectively.Joining them are Joe Alessi (Fret in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) who plays the infamous tormented ghost Marley; Susan Twist (Airplays, Leeds Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds) as Mrs Fezziwig; and Dan Parr (Berlin in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) as Fred.
A Christmas Carol is adapted by award-winning, West Yorkshire born playwright Deborah McAndrew, directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach (Road, Romeo & Juliet, Kes, The Night Before Christmas, Leeds Playhouse) and designed by award-winning Hayley Grindle (Road, Romeo & Juliet, Leeds Playhouse).
A Christmas Carol is a Leeds Playhouse production in association with Hull Truck Theatre.
A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up theatre
Tue 20 Nov – Sat 19 Jan, Press Night Fri 23 Nov, 7pm
Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk
Review by Janet Hale
Jersey Boys is a musical following the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from the 1960s through to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The music is amazing, from love songs to high energy numbers. The story was narrated by the different characters in the group, with the songs intermingled, there was also a lot of humour in it too. The set was very minimalistic but worked very well.
I didn't recognise any of the cast but it did not matter in fact I think I think it would have detracted from the musical. All the male members of the group were excellent singers and dancers.
The cast is as follows:
The role of Tommy De Vito is played by Peter Nash
Bob Gaudio is played by James Winter
Nick Massi is played by Karl James Wilson
Hank Majewski is played by Dan O'Brien
Norm Waxman is played by Joe Maxwell
Francine is played by Amy Thiroff
The background musicians were also very good. The only downside was a female group who sang one song, I didn't feel it was needed and their singing wasn't the best.
I would highly recommend this, a really good night out.
The official low-down
Leeds audiences can not take their eyes off the Jersey Boys as the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning show is on at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 20 November to Saturday 1 December 2018.
Based on the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the musical charts the ‘wrong side of the tracks’, New Jersey group’s rise to stardom to become one of the most successful bands in pop history; by the age of 30, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had sold more than 175 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The Olivier Award-winning West End production closed on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years. The first UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys was a record-breaking success and ran for 18 months, from 4 September 2014 to 5 March 2016.
Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people.
Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700
140 YEARS OLD: LEEDS GRAND THEATRE CELEBRATES MAJOR MILESTONE
The press night of Jersey Boys also celebrated the anniversary of Leeds Grand Theatre - 140 years!
Leeds Grand Theatre turned 140-years-old on Sunday 18 November and celebrated this major milestone with a series of events spanning two weeks, including the ‘Oh What a Night’ a red carpet event in collaboration with hit Broadway and West End musical, Jersey Boys.
Built in 1878, reportedly following an off-the-cuff remark by Prince Albert that Leeds needed a good theatre as “nothing was more calculated to promote culture and raise the tone of the people”, Leeds Grand Theatre or The Grand Old Lady of Leeds (the staff universally refer to the Grand as ‘she’) is an intriguing mix of Romanesque and Victorian Gothic styles and a major milestone in Victorian design; famed for its sumptuous interior, plasterwork and other decorative features.
The brainchild of architect, George Corson, the build took 13 months to complete at a cost of £62,000. The overall scheme embraced six shops, Assembly Rooms, a Supper Room and large cellars; this magnificent Grade II* listed building was deemed ‘ahead of its time’ and once described as ‘probably the finest of its size in Britain’.
Opening night featured Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing starring the then actor-manager and playwright, Wilson Barrett (several function rooms within The Grand have since been named in his honour). Stars that have since trodden the boards include Julie Andrews, Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth, Elton John, Peter Kay, Morecambe and Wise, Laurence Olivier, Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele. In more recent years, The Grand has welcomed Fern Britton, Dara O’Briain, Jake Bugg, Andrew Flintoff, Nigel Havers, Jane McDonald and Sting.
Seating 1466 at full capacity, the auditorium provides a home for performances of all types, including its resident companies Opera North and Northern Ballet. Since its Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council supported ‘transformation’ in 2006, the theatre has hosted the best of the West End and other touring productions, including large musicals, drama from the National Theatre, comedians and music. The theatre provided a venue for the world premieres of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s, The Girls (2015), and Fat Friends The Musical (2017) which was penned by Leeds’s own award-winning writer, Kay Mellor.
Chris Blythe, CEO, says: “Leeds Grand Theatre is a stalwart in a city famed for its cultural offering; a jewel in its crown. It has welcomed an incredible number of diverse entertainers and shows over the past 140 years and will continue to do so for many years to come; we hope at least another 140!
“Thanks to the overwhelming and enduring support of the people of Leeds (not forgetting the significant financial support from Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund) the theatre has weathered substantial challenges throughout its 140 years. From a planned demolition in 1969 to make way for new office blocks to the discovery of a significant risk to the roof holding up the ornate plaster ceiling in the auditorium which almost closed the venue in 2016, the theatre remains true to the old motto that ‘the show must go on’. It is a tribute to the staff, both past and present that this ‘grand old lady’ of Leeds continues to bring entertainment and joy to the city and the region.”
Patrons of Leeds Grand are being encouraged to share their stories on social media tagging @grandtheatreLS1 and using the hashtag #LeedsGrandAt140 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The best stories will be shared on The Grand’s social platforms.
“We should all be so very proud of the Grand Theatre, right through the country, the world and of course here in Yorkshire.” Dickie Bird OBE.
By Rebecca Roversi
In 1947, up to two million people died due to the divide of British India. Until 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th November, when I watched Nick Ahad’s play “Partition”, I had no knowledge of this important aspect of history.
The Partition of India is something rarely spoken about. A violent and traumatic time for those involved that separated families and broke up communities. India was split into two nations, separating Hindus and Muslims. Religions that had been living harmoniously were suddenly enemies and this has had a ripple effect, which the generations of 2018 are still affected by.
Despite the deep and difficult nature of this topic, Nick Ahad has created an excellent balance of comedy, tragedy and education. Originally a radio play, Partition was brought to life in front of me in the Pop Up Theatre at Leeds Playhouse. Set in Leeds, it tells the story of Saima and Ranjit on their wedding day which threatens to be ruined due to their families feud, dating back to the partition and therefore, resisting their marriage.
Truthfully, as I entered the theatre and was confronted with microphones, music/script stands, a door, table, bench and a variety of props, I questioned what I was going to see. Was it just going to be actors talking their lines and bashing a few props about? Within the first minute I was hooked. A clever balance of radio play and performance, it went against conventional theatre and everything I would have shouted at my students for in my former drama teacher days. Actors in their own clothes, scripts and a stage manager on stage all breaking the illusion of theatre in a traditional sense questioned everything I know however I immediately connected with the characters and these elements added to the whole experience.
The cast, Balvinder Sopal, Mez Galeria, Luke Walker and Sushil Chudasama, immediately engaged the audience with their vocal talents and seamlessly multi-rolling. I was fascinated with the way Sushil switched between an 18, 30 something and 70 year old man. A live radio play is exposing for the actors and he used nothing but his vocal abilities and non-verbal communication to transform into these characters. His performance of Rajpal’s monologue, which I later learned was a true testimony from a man who had experienced Partition first hand, was powerful, very moving and almost brought a tear to my eye. It reminded me of my Grandad, who had served in the war and wouldn’t talk about his experiences thus showing that, despite different battles, different religions and different countries, there is so much common ground.
Balvinder Sopal also played three roles that were polar opposites. An elderly Asian lady struggling with her only daughter marrying a Sikh, Mandy, the nervous registrar holding her first ceremony and Denise, a brash, confident café owner. She simply used a blue scarf with strong physical and vocal expression to clearly portray the characters and I loved her character of Denise, a direct Yorkshire lass, bossing her colleague (played by Luke Walker) around and showing very little customer service! Denise brought a drop of humour to the play when it was getting deep or intense.
The creation of Radio Drama is always something that has fascinated me so to see stage manager Lucy Bradford on stage, jiggling keys, clattering bowls and spoons and, most hilariously, waving some rubber gloves about, was interesting and added a level of comedy to the performance. In all honesty, the performance by the actors was so engaging that, as an audience member, you forgot about the scripts, microphones and other elements that usually you wouldn’t see. Clever lighting created split scenes and the use of spot indicated when Saima or Amina were talking to their dad/husband who had passed away. These moments brought the mother and daughter together, despite being apart physically and emotionally.
I have spent 12 years teaching students Drama and watched many theatrical performances over the years, Partition is a piece I will remember for a long time. The education it gave me had a deeper impact on me and, as someone who loves the full theatrical experience of set, lighting, costume etc. it took me out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed it so much because of that fact.
Partition is going on a schools tour and I know the response will be fantastic.
Despite studying the World Wars in the curriculum, the Partition is nowhere to be seen and such an important part of history. I believe students will connect with Nick Ahad’s story and the characters, as I did, which will make it real and give facts and figures a face. This play could have a real impact on the younger generations; opening them up to history, culture and relationships they haven’t experience before. A modern, thought provoking, funny piece of theatre which will stick in the audiences mind for years to come.
11/14/2018 0 Comments
By Panni Loh
Step back in time to the mysterious world of Professor Victoria B Darcy on Ecclesall Road.
Inside is a botanical delight of blossom overhead, with cocktails and desserts topped with edible flora.
Succulent frosted blackberries donned my ‘hedgerow’ cooler which was refreshing with its blend of lavender, apple and lemon syrups.
Meanwhile we were treated to a botanical crown by Erin and Vicky from Swallows and Damsons.
Dropping by with their fragrant foliage and flower stems we were all soon suitably crowned to sample the botanical feast that awaited us.
A botanical feast
Roasted chicken on a bed of chickpeas, wilted spinach and chorizo melted in the mouth with fresh pesto to add a tang. Fish in poppyseed batter with fries and drinks. Cocktails even came with deserts, but as driving i chose the elderflower pannacotta with sugar cube shaped home shortbread.
The staff were very helpful and full of botanical knowledge to help with selection making. The menu also catered for vegetarians and with tasty food and the curious botanical works I’ll be sure to go back again.
Visit The Lost and Found in Sheffield, at the following address:
516 Ecclesall Road,
Or for more information, go to: https://the-lostandfound.co.uk/sheffield
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