Friday, 21 July 2017

Round-up of news and other interesting things

In the wake of a global shift in politics that saw reality star Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States of America, Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign win the majority and the Conservative party seek out a deal with the DUP, Theatre Renegade is proud to present a one-off gala, In Response To... Politics.

With performances from critically acclaimed performers including Pippa Nixon, Madalena Alberto, Gloria Onitiri and Nigel Richards, In Response To...Politics will take place on 24th July at The Other Palace Studio and feature a number of pieces each designed to directly respond to the current political turmoil.

Ryan Forde Iosco, Artistic Director of Theatre Renegade said;
“Many countries, our own included are seeing a huge shift in their political landscape and fear and hate have been the leading force behind several recent campaigns. This evening will see the theatre community come together in solidarity to respond and raise its voice in solidarity.”
All profits from the evening will be donated to the charity Liberty, to protect civil liberties and promote human rights.


Among the writers taking part are: Georgia Fitch (Fit and Proper People – RSC/Soho Theatre, I Like Mine with A Kiss – Bush Theatre and Dirty Dirty Princess – National Theatre Connections), Hassan Abdulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding – Soho Theatre and BBC Radio 3, The Prophet – Gate Theatre, winner of the 2008 George Devine Award) and Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go – VAULT award winner/Underbelly/Old Red Lion, Mr Incredible – VAULT award winner/Underbelly, currently under commission with the Bush Theatre).

Among the directors taking part are: Rafaela Marcus (Pericles – Shakespeare’s Globe, Boeing Boeing – Sheffield Crucible, Lucy Atkinson (The Enchantment – US Premiere at Here Arts in New York, Tristan Bernay’s Testament – Vaults) and Nathan Crossan-Smith (Runner Up for the JMK Award 2017 and Deutsche Bank Award for Dramatic Art 2014 winner for Tipping Point)


Staying at The Other Palace, there's also a special concert in memory of the late MP Jo Cox.

The evening, titled A Barricade for Batley, will feature a cast including Fra Fee (The Ferryman), Joanna Riding (The Girls), David Seadon-Young (An American in Paris), Matthew Seadon-Young (Beautiful), Caroline Sheen (Mary Poppins), Madalena Alberto (Evita) and Joel Montague (School of Rock).

Money from the concert will got towards a school production of Hear The People Sing, which is 
being produced by Donna Munday and Nick Evans in Cox's former constituency of Batley and Spen.


This November, Tiger Bay the Musical - Wales Millennium Centre’s biggest in-house production to date - will premiere in Cardiff with Welsh singer and actor, Noel Sullivan returning home to join the lead cast.

Noel, who hasn’t performed on stage in Wales for almost two years, takes on the gritty role of Harbour Master, Séamus O’Rourke in Tiger Bay the Musical, a story of the notorious underworld of Wales’ capital at the turn of the 1900s.

Playing the ambitious opportunist, exiled from Africa to make his fortune through unsavoury means on Cardiff Docks, will be a change in direction for Noel, whose theatre repertoire includes a string of romantic leads, such as Danny Zuko in Grease and Galileo in We Will Rock You.

A Wales Millennium Centre production in association with Cape Town Opera, Tiger Bay the Musical is set in 1900s Cardiff at a time of unrest between the workers heaving coal in the docklands, known as Tiger Bay, and the Bute Dock Company and merchants of the Coal Exchange they afforded.

A fictional story of revolution, reconciliation, courage and love, the award-winning creative team - composer, Daf James, writer Michael Williams and director, Melly Still - have remained sympathetic to the reality of the era which includes forming a predominantly Welsh cast.

Noel will join award-winning and record breaking West End and Broadway performer, John Owen Jones who plays John Crichton-Stuart, Cardiff’s richest man tormented by loss.

Rising star Vikki Bebb, a Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate from the south Wales valleys, will play Noel’s love interest, Rowena Pryddy, a shop girl with suffrage ideals. Plus, Welsh school girls Louise Harvey from Rhiwbina and Ruby Llewellyn from Llantrisant will share the role of tenacious water boy, Ianto.

The world premiere of Tiger Bay the Musical will take place on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Wales Millennium Centre and will run until Saturday 25 November 2017. Tickets on sale now at tigerbaythemusical.com

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