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17 10, 2014

She’Koyokh

She’Koyokh:

17th Oct. 2014 

She'Koyokh

A lively and enthusiastic performance from a group of six talented musicians.
She’Koyokh played and sang a rousing selection of klezmer folk music from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.
A​ performance full of zest, well-received by a capacity audience. (A Village Ventures event)

10 05, 2014

The Second Minute

The Second Minute:

10th May 2014 

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

 

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New Images Second Minute
This was a tour de force for three Nottingham Playhouse actors. The drama linked a 2014 soldier working with an archivist on newly discoveredWW1 personal letters with the soldier who wrote them, a long-dead, fresh-faced young infantryman from the Sherwood Foresters regiment.

The plot developed the never changing horrors of war and the agony of those left behind. The WW1 infantryman appeared as a narrator/ghost who filling in the gaps between the reality of war and the sanitised version in letters written home.

The projected backdrop to a simple set featured childlike drawings of battle scarred landscapes, families at home and military comrades. It added to the atmosphere of bravado, terror and tragedy. Snatches from letters revealed how soldiers at the front protected their loved ones from the reality of what was happening to them and their comrades; lions led by donkeys.
The plain, cool, rigid archivist character revealed herself to be the grieving mother
of a son killed in the Bosnian war.

A moving and entertaining night to remember in the anniversary year of the start of the 1914-18 war.

(A Village Ventures event)

22 03, 2014

Freddy Dare & The Ginger Robber

Freddy Dare & The Ginger Robber:

22nd March 2014 

Living Spit Theatre Company

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This is an ambitious and original piece of multi media theatre which deals with the impact of family bereavement, as seen through the eyes of an eleven year old boy. An authentic presentation of childhood by the actors is very effectively complemented by the use of film which can more vividly bridge the gap between fantasy and reality, past and present. This is also helped by the use of vintage film footage of Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Issues of mental health are explored by the development of fantasy arising out of the death of the loved one. Yes, it is a serious piece which works on a number of levels and appeals to both young people and adults… but it also contains many comic moments and many very familiar aspects of childhood. For example, those misinterpretations of adult language which give rise to a totally different meaning and last for a long time before being exposed. We’ve all had those haven’t we? References to Game Boy, Superheroes and Strictly Come Dancing also touch rather familiar notes of our own.
A production which leaves you thinking it over for some time, from a company which is working closely with a number of charities to give voice to their issues. (A Village Ventures event)

7 02, 2014

The Six Wives of Henry V111

The Six Wives of Henry V111:

7th February 2014 

Living Spit Theatre Company

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Having had a hard week I really was not looking forward to going out in the wind and rain on a Friday night. What a treat I would have missed if I had stayed at home. This performance was hilarious ,touching and informative. Doing a pastiche of Blind Date as the interview for a new wife for Henry was a brilliant touch. Not only was the acting and comic timing spot on but the duo were excellent musicians. Brilliant performance.(A Village Ventures event)