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New acting masterclass for adults at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Stephen Joseph Theatre is running a five-week acting technique course for adults based around the upcoming production of Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis.
The course, which will use different theatre practitioner techniques to explore as many possible ways to go from page to stage as possible, includes time with one or more of the show’s professional company and a ticket to see the show.
The sessions will be facilitated by Laura Hawley, a creative practitioner who works nationally and internationally as a Quality Assurance Manager (Creative and Performing Arts and Music) and Performing Arts Practitioner and Examiner.
Laura completed her BA (Honours) degree in Theatre and English at the University of Ulster, and her Master of Arts in Theatre and Contemporary Practice from the University of Hull. She has a PGCE (education and training/adults) from the University of Greenwich and has professional QTS.
She created Bygone Productions, a Reminiscence Theatre Company that puts on bespoke performance for specialist audiences and has wide experience in directing and acting. Laura is a specialist in delivering performance technique workshops in a wide variety of styles and genres.
The course will take place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre at 6.30pm-8.30pm on Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 March and 2 April.
Places cost £50, and include a ticket to see Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis on Tuesday 9 April at 7.30pm. They can be booked via the box office on 01723 370541 or through the website: https://www.sjt.uk.com/event/807/adult_acting_masterclass
23 March | Scarborough Art Gallery | 10am - 4pm
Led by local artist Sally Gatie, participants will be inspired by the Scarborough Collections and learn drawing techniques using a variety of mediums.
£35 per person | Suitable for adults from beginners to intermediates in drawing
Booking essential, please call 01723 374753
Lunch not included
Comedy & Curry Night
We've brought together three top comedians to perform cutting edge stand-up comedy to entertain you while you enjoy a delicious curry and a FREE bottle of Tiger beer!
Tickets ONLY £22.95 - Early Booking Advised
Book a Table of 10 for only £200
"Die Walküre" Met Opera New York
Saturday 30th March 5 pm
The second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle holds special appeal for audiences with its dramatic power and remarkable music, including the famous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’. In the highly emotional world of humanity love animates the actions of all the leading characters: Wotan wants to protect his children but is forced to forsake them. His twin offspring Siegmund and Sieglinde fall passionately in love, and his warrior daughter Brünnhilde defies Wotan by trying to protect the twins. He punishes her by stripping her of her immortality and putting her to sleep surrounded by a wall of flames that only the greatest hero can brave.
The World of cruising has so much to offer all types of customers with cruise ships that accommodate anything from 80 passengers to 6500 passengers, some with traditional features including afternoon tea’s and some with surf parks and fairground rides. It’s really important to choose the right cruise line for you, with this in mind Getaway Travel have organised The Incredible cruise event to showcase all of the UK’s leading cruise lines and experts. This event, combined with their passion for cruising will really whisk you around the world without leaving Scarborough.
FREE Cruise Event at the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough
3rd April 2019 from 2.00pm until 6.00pm
Call Getaway Travel on 01947 820092 for your FREE ticket
Meet the experts from MSC, Star Clippers, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Uniworld, Saga, Silversea, New Market Holidays, AMA Waterways, Riviera Travel, Cruise Plus by Travel 2, Great Rail Journeys and more
Admission Tickets will be entered into a prize draw to win afternoon tea for 2 at the Crown Spa Hotel
On the day Raffle with great prizes donated by all the Cruise and River Cruise companies, all proceeds will be donated to Saint Catherines Hospice
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A groundbreaking folk opera featuring original songs and music by revered folk musician John Kirkpatrick comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.
Rouse Ye Women! tells the story of the Black Country women of the early 1900s who spent their entire lives making chains. They had no vote, were largely illiterate, worked a 54-hour week for ‘starvation wages’, and had to take their children to work.
But in the autumn of 1910 hundreds of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath held a ten-week strike led by the remarkable trade union organiser and campaigner Mary Macarthur. They won a minimum wage doubling their incomes and returned to work confident that, by sticking together in a union, they could stand up to the chain masters and companies.
Rouse Ye Women! is a folk-song opera that shares the story of the workers and campaigners through rousing, heartfelt traditional song and music. Written by John Kirkpatrick (The Albion Band, Steeleye Span) and Neil Gore, directed by Louise Townsend, designed by Elizabeth Wright and with lighting design by Daniella Beattie, it is performed by Bryony Purdue, Rowan Godel and Neil Gore.
Louise Townsend says: “The focus is not just the massive achievement of the women in their fight, but also how Mary Macarthur and the National Federation of Women Workers, of which she was a founding member, sought to challenge the prevailing view that women made poor trade unionists, were a threat to male employment and wages, and were generally unorganisable.
“Mary herself wanted trade unions to educate women workers to be better citizens, empower them to demand more from life and gain fair treatment as workers; to ensure that women can be an effective force within the trade union movement to strengthen the position of the entire industrial working class. We will aim to draw parallels with the inequalities in the lives of women just over a hundred years ago with modern issues of family life, low pay, the minimum wage, the gender pay gap and equality of opportunity.”
Neil Gore says: "The story is truly inspirational, centering Mary’s energy and, and her skills as an organiser and tactician. She came to be admired by her trade union and socialist comrades as well as those in positions of power. Most importantly, she gained the trust of the women she so skilfully organised and represented. She lived a thrilling, breathless life sustained with unfaltering courage and determination to achieve; she was cool and persuasive in argument and possessed immense good humour and common sense. We aim to celebrate her enormous achievements and her all-too-often-overlooked legacy.”
John Kirkpatrick says: “The songs and music are inspired in large part by traditional industrial folk song, music hall, and protest songs, as well as from projects created within the folk revival period of the 1960s and ‘70s, themselves based on direct links with traditional music of the past, with a modern, contemporary twist. Through new rousing songs and moving ballads we aim to tell the story of the strike by reflecting, imitating and embellishing the styles of music that were most significant to those who struggled to make it a success.”
Rouse Ye Women! can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT at 7.45pm on Friday 5 April. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com
Rouse, Ye Women! Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers (5 April): With rousing traditional songs and ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions’ latest tells the story of the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath and how Mary Reid Macarthur led them on strike.
"La Forza Del Destino" RoH Opera
Saturday 6th April 6.15 pm
La Forza Del Destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores, with some of his most brilliant choral writing, plus one of his most memorable overtures. The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them and in the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape but Leonora's brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father. Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing and complications ensue.
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
Nicky Spence (Parsifal)
Iain Paterson (Amfortas)
Gabor Bretz (Gurnemanz)
Wagner – Prelude to Act 1 and Act 3 of Parsifal
For his final masterpiece, Wagner turned away from themes of power and romantic love towards the sacred realm, aiming to compose a work in which ‘the most sublime mysteries of the Christian faith are openly presented on stage’. His ‘festival play of consecration’ re-tells the ancient story of Parsifal, a ‘holy fool’ made wise through pity and redeemed by a simple act of compassion. Act III is the spiritual heart and emotional climax of the work, as Parsifal fulfils his journey towards understanding. After a solemn orchestral prelude to represent the turmoil from which the world must be saved, there follow two scenes of redemption. In the first, Parsifal shares his own transformation with Kundry by baptising her; in the second, he heals the wounds of Amfortas. Between the two scenes, the famous Good Friday Music celebrates the day on which the world is renewed – a moving paean to the beauty of nature that sees springtime as a reflection of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Day. The work ends with an unforgettable chorus, a symbolic joining of earth and heaven, as boy trebles join a massed chorus while a white dove descends. ‘The hero’s path to compassion and understanding can be a metaphor’ says Pope Francis, ‘to better understand how human beings understand themselves today.’
Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé are second-to-none in this music. Their 2013 Proms performance was described by The Guardian as ‘a constant wonder’ and by The Spectator as ‘miraculous’, while for The Daily Telegraph he and the orchestra found the ‘spiritual halo’ and ‘all the essential pain and anguish’ of the work. Heard in York Minster during Holy Week, this will surely be an unforgettable performance.
'Elder’s single-minded patience creates a powerful and quietly hypnotic sense of weary sadness, an entirely appropriate feeling of pale grandeur. He controls everything with 'the surest of touches right up until a deeply moving account of the final bars, and his orchestra are with him every second of the way, playing with sensitivity and feeling, as well as an impressive delicacy of timbre' - Gramophone
Presented by YMCA Productions
"Faust" RoH OperaSunday 5th May 6.45 pm
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with him: he will give him youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, if Faust will hand over his soul. Faust agrees, and Méphistophélès arranges matters so that Marguerite becomes infatuated with Faust who,however, soon abandons her. Her brother Valentin returns from war and is furious to find his sister pregnant. Will Faust repent his destructive actions, and can his soul, and Marguerite's, be saved? Gounod's Faust (1859) was one of the world's most popular operas from the 1860s to World War II.
"Dialogues Des Carmelites" Met Opera New YorkSaturday 11th May 5 pm
Composed by Francis Poulenc this is the tragic story of the nuns of a Carmelite convent who, during the Terror following the French Revolution, live in hope and fear under the constant threat of the guillotine. The ever-fearful Blanche de la Force joins the Carmelite order but when the order is suppressed under the Revolution, the sisters swear that they are willing to die a martyr’s death for their faith. In the turmoil, Blanche flees to her home; in the meantime, however, her father has become a victim of the Terror and when she learns that the other sisters are to be victims of the Terror Blanche overcomes her fear of dying and joins them.
" Ballet Triple " RoH BalletSaturday 18th May 7 pm
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki's familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration Between them, a new work created on The Royal Ballet by the acclaimed choreographerSidi Larbi Cherkaoui has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.
"Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet
Saturday 15th June 7 pm
Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud, and having married in secret tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city, and when Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. Her plan fails however with further tragic consequences. Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest while Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes.
TICKETS ON SALE 10AM - 18/11/18
TO RETURN FOR SUMMER 2019 GIG AT SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE
The UK’s most successful hitmaker, Cliff Richard, is returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2019.
It is announced today that Cliff will headline Europe’s largest open air arena on Wednesday June 26.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Sunday November 18 at scarboroughopenairtheatre.com
The show marks a return to the Yorkshire coast for the music legend following his sell-out show at Scarborough OAT in 2017 and comes as the singer is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first single Move It! being released.
Marking this significant milestone, Warner's Music is releasing a new album of completely original songs. The album Rise Up is Cliff's 104th official UK release, although it is the first album for 14 years, since 2004's Something's Goin' On, that features completely new material rather than Cliff's unique interpretation of classic songs.
Cliff is the second 2019 headliner to be revealed for Scarborough OAT following the announcement earlier today that Kylie Minogue will perform at the Yorkshire coast venue on Thursday August 1.
The announcements mark the start of the 2019 season and follow a record breaking 2018 which saw the venue attract more than 90,000 music fans.
Venue programmer Peter Taylor, director of promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Cliff Richard is without a doubt a legend of the music industry. He has enjoyed massive success for 60 years and wows his audience time and time again.
“We have worked with Cliff on numerous shows and tours and are absolutely delighted to be working with him again, and especially to be bringing him back to Scarborough.
“The crowds loved Cliff in Scarborough in 2017 and I have no doubt they will have an absolute ball once again watching and hearing their hero perform the hits that made him a household name as well as his new material which is sure to be a massive hit.”
Cliff’s new album Rise Up will be released on November 23. The album’s title track is currently riding high in the vinyl charts and is his 145th official UK release, showing that Cliff continues to be a much-loved music legend, and someone who is very capable of entertaining with great energy and passion.
In 60 years, Cliff has recorded almost 1,300 song titles, composed 100 songs, achieved 14 number one singles (40 Top 5, 68 Top 10, and 96 Top 20), and seven number one albums (28 Top 5, 44 Top 10, and 53 Top 20). Move It!, where it all started, is the most recorded song in Cliff's back catalogue, numbering 23 different versions.
Able to change with the times and tastes and remaining hugely popular, Cliff nonetheless has stayed faithful to his rock and roll roots throughout. Because, when many people would be thinking of retiring or settling down to a quieter life, Cliff Richard continues to draw massive crowds to his concerts and regularly reaches the top ten with his albums. Not bad for someone who critics thought wouldn't last way back in 1958!
Tickets for Cliff Richard’s headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am on Sunday November 18 viawww.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).
The line-up for this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival is complete thanks to a very exciting addition.
‘We wanted something special to fill a gap in the Friday afternoon programme,’ said Festival Director Mike Gordon. ‘And I think we’ve got it with the seven-piece band Wild Card. Their music is dynamic, exuberant and flamboyant appealing to jazz fans and more mainstream music lovers alike.’
Critically acclaimed guitarist Clement Regert's Wild Card is a melting pot of musical ideas, fusing urban rhythms and grooves with a Latin attitude.
Trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, Hammond Organ, drums, and American vocalist Corina Kwami. should have a tremendous impact in the Spa Grand Hall.
Wild Card have made a name for themselves on the European jazz scene in the last few years and have a residency upstairs at Ronnie Scotts.
‘The disparate genres tumble over one another in a cheerful riot... Great tunes, great musicianship and great fun’ Londonjazznews.com
‘A festival highlight - groovacious music purveyed through jazz edginess to an appreciative audience. Wild Card indeed!’ Paul Pace (Booker Ronnie Scotts)
This year’s festival takes place at Scarborough Spa over the weekend of 20-22 September 2019.
Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £90 until 31 March 2019.
The line-up, with more to come is:
Alan Barnes + 11
Alec Dankworth’s ‘Spanish Accents’
Bonsai (formally Jam Experiment)
Clark Tracey Quintet
Freddie Gavita Quartet
Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project
Jim Mullen’s Volunteers
John Law Quartet
Kate Peter’s Big Band
New Jazz Extempore
Sam Rapley’s Fabled
Tony Kofi Quartet
Next demonstration Tuesday 19th March 2019 7.30pm
Guests £7.00 payable on the door
Raffle of arrangements
Looking for a new job, a change of career or some extra hours? Then call in to Scarborough Job Fair at the Britannia Grand Hotel between 11am and 1.30pm on Thursday 14th March to meet employers from a wide range of sectors. This free event is open to the public and there will be lots of staff on hand during the day to help you meet up with your next potential employer.
With 43 exhibitors attending there will be 100's of jobs on offer including Skilled, Admin, Care, Hospitality, Production, Security, Retail and many more! Some employers will even be interviewing on the day too - so bring your CV and take advantage of this unique opportunity to find out about their recruitment plans, explore education and training or even get some expert adult careers advice.
Rox, Paper and The Scissors (13 March): a fun, fast-paced show about democracy from Gone to the Dogs Productions, Miranda Duffy’s new play sees head girl Paper squashed between the might of school bully Rox and class clown The Scissors as she fights to restore her reputation after a false accusation of vandalism.
8 March | Woodend | From 7.30pm
Reflect, connect and unwind as successful writer, Emma Sutcliffe (‘How to be a happy divorcee’ and ‘The Secrets of Women’) and emerging writer Karen Stowe (carer’s advocate, writer, producer) share their stories of the power of female solidarity when life deals its harshest blows. An inspirational evening with cocktails, canapes and entertainment to enjoy in between.
We are not defined by the past. The future is exciting. #IWD2019
£15 per head (includes canapes and 1 drink) | Suitable for adults
Booking required, please call 01723 384500
"Blowin' in the Wind' [LIVE]
Friday March 8th 7.30 pm
Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of VeeSweeney and Mark Rowson, 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. This show takes you back to the era of PEACE , PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’,‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more. When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’..”
La bohème (8 and 9 March): Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose presents innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known and new operas. The comic elements of their hugely popular La bohème heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st-century version affected them like no other.
SparkPlug, a punchy and poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month as part of a national tour.
“He’s got two Dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.”
Manchester, 1983. Dave loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. He’s all set for a new start. Only Joanne’s about to have someone else’s baby. Is Dave ready to become a Dad even though he’s not the father?
SparkPlug is the story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child, David. This lyrical and energetic monologue from Manchester-based dual-heritage writer David Judge examines what family means today. Inspired by autobiographical events and exploring the playwright’s background as an actor and spoken word artist, SparkPlug is unflinching in its portrayal of real situations as it explores racism, violence and masculinity. Offering a non-judgmental space in which to start a conversation,SparkPlug seeks to give people the chance to talk openly about these themes.
Writer and performer David Judge says: “As a 'man of colour' my voice as a writer has become a valued weapon, loaded and aimed at those without. As a 'man of colour' I sometimes feel pressured to speak for a community I know nothing of and feel I am being recruited to hate those without, the 'white man'. This fight both inside and outside of myself makes me question where my loyalties lie.
“Who am I loyal to? And who to me? The answers are straightforward; my biological Father, my 'Black' left me before I was born; my biological Mother, my 'Blood' left me when I was seven years old; the only person who stuck by me, from boy to man, who grew and shaped me into the man I am today was a white man. A white man with love and hate tattooed on his knuckles, with a ginger perm, with a Ford Capri, with Rod Stewart constantly on the stereo. So out of my loyalty to him, I have used my voice to write a play about the man who made me one. My Father.”
SparkPlug was a finalist for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play 2017. It’s produced by Box of Tricks, a Manchester-based theatre company championing the next generation of playwrights, producing top quality new plays on local and national stages. Their previous two productions Narvik (Best New Play at UK Theatre Awards 2017) and Plastic Figurines enjoyed sell-out audiences and critical acclaim in 2016 and 2017.
SparkPlug can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT at 7.45pm on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com
8 March | Woodend and Scarborough Art Gallery | From 9.30am
In partnership with Inspiring Women on the Yorkshire Coast, visit Woodend and Scarborough Art Gallery on 8 March for a variety of interactive workshops, browse exhibition stands and enjoy an inspirational programme of speakers.
The future is exciting, and balance drives a better world. #BalanceForBetter
Free Event | Suitable for all ages
Booking essential, please visit our website to book
"The Tragedy of King Richard the Second" NT
Sunday 3rd March 7 pm
As the first in Shakespeare's five history plays, Richard II chronicles the wasteful habits and gradual demise of the last Plantagenet king who is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray as the more he taxes the land, the more the nobles and citizens resent their ruler. Then the exiled Henry Bolingbroke returns to seize power. Instead of a dramatic defeat in battle, Richard is left to ruminate his own ruin in prison, bemoaning 'I wasted time and now time doth waste me'. From the Almeida theatre Simon Russell Beale stars in this new production of Shakespeare’s play about the limits of power.
"The Daughter of the Regiment" Met Opera New York
Saturday 2nd March 5.55 pm
Marie, the adopted daughter of the 21st Regiment of the French army, has fallen in love with a young man who has saved her life, but is from an enemy nation. Fortunately, the regiment backs down when they hear of how the young man saved their lovely Marie but their plans to wed are shattered when news about Marie’s birth family arises and she must leave the regiment. The soldiers of the regiment are distraught and none seem able to deal with the change, but Tonio resolves to rescue Marie with the aid of the other soldiers, but will he be successful? With its lovely melodies, vocal fireworks, and quick wit Donizetti's work is the perfect piece to brighten your day.