Statutes: In the throes of…

Ok! I know hardcore is not everyone’s favourite, often people don’t get it, it seems, they say, like a load of banging and screeching. All I can say is these people haven’t seen… Statutes!

Statutes are a Nottingham based Melodic Hardcore outfit with great stage presence and a tremendous sound. Formed from old friendships, Statutes consist of: Rich Herrick – Vocals, Adam Kinson – Guitar, Tom Whitmore – Guitar, Mark Abbott – Drums and Ollie Jones – Bass. According to the guys they formed Statutes “With the sole aim of writing music that we enjoy to play”.

Statutes particular form of ‘hardcore’ has an emphasis on ‘melodic’ sounds and well thought out lyrics. Lately, the guys have been busy playing throughout the East Midlands, promoting their new album: IN THE THROES OF…

 

In The Throes of… is a cleverly worked out album of 11 quick tracks that are musically sound and to the point. Recorded at Nottingham’s ‘Stuck On a Name Studio’, the album was released on 7th September and is available to buy at all major online retailers and can be previewed at Statutes SoundCloud Channel (see link below).

TheGuyWithaStick wish Statutes well with the new album, we look forward to seeing them again soon, we also look forward to adding a video from ‘IN THE THROES OF…’ to www.theguywithastick.com soon!

 

Statutes Facebook page: www.facebook.com/statutes

SoundCloud preview of Statutes album: ‘In The Throes Of…  soundcloud.com/statutes

 

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Royal & Derngate throws open its doors for Fun Palaces festival and open day

 

On Saturday 4 October Northampton’s Royal & Derngate throws open its doors for Fun Palaces, a free pop-up festival and open day.

 

From creative workshops for all ages to live performances and theatre anyone can take part in, there are a huge amount of activities taking place throughout the day in all kinds of spaces, including the theatre’s stages, foyer space and 12 tents erected around the building.

 

Activities include dressing up in costumes from the wardrobe department, face painting, making masks, drawing or learning Chinese paper cutting. Workshop themes range from poetry, dance and singing, to opportunities to find out how stage lighting works. There will be a fascinating exhibition about pantomime, and performances range from storytelling and theatre, to comedy and music.

 

Visitors can drop in and pick up a free day pass, then stay for an hour or all day long – there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained, and it is all completely free! A full schedule of events can be found on the theatre’s website at http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/getinvolved/community/funpalace

 

This event is taking place as part of the Fun Palaces initiative which sees venues across the UK hosting events that bring together arts and sciences, children and adults. For more information about Fun Palaces visit http://www.funpalaces.co.uk.

 

The events and activities at Royal & Derngate are suitable for all ages from 9.30am to 5pm, while from 5pm onwards events are aimed at adults, culminating in a special immersive theatre performance Apocalypse, starting at midnight.

 

To avoid disappointment people can book their free places for performances and workshops via Box Office on 01604 624811.


There will also be plenty of fun and exciting ways for volunteers of all ages to help out at this event. Anyone interested can contact Erica Martin for more information by calling 01604 655757 or emailing erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk.

 

courtesy of The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

 

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Royal & Derngate, Northampton: Fun Palaces

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April in Paris

Presented by Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for April in Paris Ltd and Derby Theatre

Written by John Godber

Directed by John Godber

 

Mon 15 September 2014 to Sat 20 September 2014

At Pomegranate Theatre

With star performances from Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies) and Joe McGann (Calendar Girls, Upper Hand, The Hanging Gale) April in Paris will make your heart melt.

Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He has recently lost his job, she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life, but things are about to change…

When Bet wins a romantic night in the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take along…! Resigned to taking her husband though, before long, they are both up to their necks in culture, clothes and croissants. Paris ignites their relationship like never before, but the reality of returning home always looms large. Join Al and Bet in this hilarious romantic adventure, Olivier-nominated for Comedy of the Year when it premiered and featuring John Godber’s unique brand of observational comedy.

“…a prize of a play” The Sunday Express

“More than 20 years on, Godber’s script remains amazingly fresh and contemporary” The Stage

“…brilliantly simple powerful piece of popular theatre” The Guardian

“a confident, at times very funny display of theatrical technique, by Godber” The Independent

 

Original article @ www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

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Supported by Arts Council England
Pomegranate Theatre
Winding Wheel
The Pomegranate Theatre and the Winding Wheel are
owned and managed by Chesterfield Borough Council
Chesterfield Borough Council

 

Chesterfield Theatres, Derbyshire

Holy and Horny, Derby Theatre

HOLY & HORNY

Written and Performed by Tonya Joy Bolton
27 September

HOLY & HORNY

This extraordinary, thought provoking show is a compelling story of love, longing and the ultimate betrayal.

In the production, actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton explores one woman’s struggle to remain holy despite being horny as hell! She draws on a variety of art forms such as comedy, mime, physical theatre, song, poetry and drama.

This enthralling show follows Sheila’s amazing journey as she embarks on a set of disastrous dates which lead to unexpected life-changing consequences.

Suitable for age 15+. Contains strong language and sexual content

 

 

© Derby Theatre 2014

 

THE BOB CATS

 

THE INIMITABLE STU CROWN AND THE BOBCATS BLUES BAND.

The purpose of TheGuyWithaStick is to celebrate originality, which is what you get with The Bobcats. Heavily influenced by the likes of BB King and Peter Green, The Bobcats effortlessly blend originality with good old, traditional, 12 bar blues. A good smattering of the blues favourites pays homage to the past greats, but, they do it their way… The Bobcats way!!!

The Bobcats are a very good, 3 piece, traditional, 12 bar blues rock band who are not afraid to learn and refine their art through some grueling practice sessions. Comprising of Stu Crown lead/vocals,  Dan Fraser-Betts on bass and Boppa on drums. They have been together since 2013 and can be seen playing throughout the region on a very regular basis. Stu Crowns persona and, almost hardcore voice along with Boppa’s attack of the drums and Dan’s 6 string bass are a trio well matched and completely suited to blues rock…

 

TheGuyWithaStick held back on reviewing The Bobcats, not because they are not original or inconsistent but purely because of the fake American accent Stu Crown uses between numbers. The plain fact of the matter was, we didn’t get it!; we didn’t get the reason for such a cliché, we couldn’t understand why a band as good as The Bobcats would use a fake American accent instead of their own and why on the one hand you have the charismatic and highly original persona of Stu Crown and on the other, you have that accent. I put this to Stu who tells me he is moving away from the accent, I felt he meant the accent had served its purpose and it is now time to move on… I hope I’m right because they don’t need it, the way they look and the way they play is all they need… these guys are VERY GOOD!

These guys make a statement… This is the blues, we are The Bobcats and this is the way we play… original and charismatic, yet as traditional as they come.

 

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We’ve seen The Bobcats many time now and each time we pick-up a little more understanding, a little more originality. They strive for perfection and it shines through in their performance each and every time. If you have not yet seen The Bobcats, do yourself a favour and check them out, you certainly won’t regret it!

 

Check out The Bob Cats on Facebook www.facebook.com/thebobcatsbluesband and bobcatsbluesband.co.uk

 

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The Bow Bridge Band

THE BOW BRIDGE BAND

We at TheGuyWithaStick feel privileged to be able to indulge our passion for live music right here in the East Midlands. The music scene throughout the region is absolutely kicking nowhere more so than in City of Leicester, where, on a daily basis, you can see a wide variety of bands and soloists, from teenagers to the more ‘mature’ artists, playing just about every genre possible to imagine.

With originality in abundance, bands like The Bow Bridge Band set-out to deliver an ‘experience’, one that will leave you shouting for more. infact, Bow Bridge are the epitome of pop rock, with its roots based firmly in the blues.

The Bow Bridge Band consist of Peter Stafford on lead/vocals Howard Fairey on bass and  Barry Gibson on drums, when they are not gigging around Leicester, the guys can be seen, busy as hell, at their day jobs, at a local hospital. However, Bow Bridge are not a ‘cobbled together’ outfit looking for a way to unwind after a long day saving lives, these guys are good!… bloody good!

 

 

Currently working on their second album, The Bow Bridge Band offer-up a cleverly conceived set of classic hits together with some well crafted original numbers. Their musicianship is of a high standard and on stage they really seem to gel and enjoy, which, in turn enables the audience to ‘believe’ in the band and come away with an infectious euphoria. They work well together and enjoy their craft; you certainly get your monies worth with Bow Bridge.

We at TheGuyWithaStick are looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of Bow Bridge’s new album and hope to be in the audience the next time they play, which, I believe is on the 19th of September at Odd Bar, Millstone Lane in Leicester.

Check-out The Bowbridge Band on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thebowbridgeband

 

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Sam Bradshaw

Playing under the name ‘Instrumental Sam’, Sam Bradshaw is an accomplished experimental guitarist from Leicester. Using the slapping style long before a certain advert for an expensive money-lender mad it popular, Sam captivates audiences where ever he plays. A stalwart of Leicester’s music scene, Sam is equally comfortable playing the festivals as he is playing at the local pub. In fact, the very first time I had the pleasure of hearing Sam play was in a City centre pub where he worked; he finished his shift behind the bar, grabbed his guitar and set about enthralling the regulars with a number of his own compositions…

(sorry for the poor quality video but stay with it!!!)

 

TheGuyWithaStick have had the pleasure of including a couple of tracks from Sam on our acoustic playlist, available on http://www.theguywithastick.com/playlist.html, in fact, without Sam it is unlikely that TheGuyWithaStick would have come into existence… It’s all his fault!!!

Sam is a must have for any gig or music festival, he sets the mood and hints to the crowd of a great time to come. If TheGuyWithaStick was to put on a gig or two, Instrumental Sam would be on the bill, of that there is no doubt!

Finally, I would like to pass-on my congratulations to Sam on becoming a father for the first time, no doubt another great guitarist in the making… like father like son?

Sam is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/guitarmansam83

 

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Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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A co-production with Northern Stage and the Royal Exchange Theatre.DATES 01 OCT – 18 OCT 2014 THE ROYAL

The stifling heat of the plantation. A relationship on the brink. A night of bourbon-soaked confrontations and a family dynasty in crisis. Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning Cat On A Hot Tin Roof remains one of the stage’s most seductive evocations of the Deep South.

Brimming with emotional intensity, this powerful family drama sees Maggie the Cat and her husband Brick return to his home on the night of patriarch and cotton tycoon Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. Keeping from him the news that he is dying, the evening spirals into disaster as the family scramble to secure their part of his inheritance.

Life-altering secrets are revealed and tensions explode as Artistic Director James Dacre’s exciting new staging, with original music by MOJO and Q Award-winning band White Lies brings a scorching intensity to Williams’ classic tale.

“TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ BEST PLAY” MICHAEL BILLINGTON, THE GUARDIAN

 

Copyright Royal & Derngate 2013

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Abigails Party, The Studio, Curve Leicester

ABIGAIL’S PARTY

A CURVE PRODUCTION

By Mike Leigh

Director Suba Das; Designer: David Woodhead

Lighting Designer: David Holmes; Sound Designer: Ed Lewis

 

17 October – 8 November

 

Leicester’s Curve theatre announces the full cast for Associate Director Suba Das’ new production of Mike Leigh’sAbigail’s Party. Das will direct Cary Crankson (Tony), Emily Head (Angela), Jackie Morrison (Sue), Patrick Moy(Laurence), and Natalie Thomas (Beverley). The production opens on 21 October, with previews from 17 October, and runs until 8 November.

 

It’s 1977.  Beverly, former beautician and devout Tom Jones fan, is throwing a little party for her neighbours: newlyweds Tony and Angela, and divorcee Sue. Down the road, Sue’s teenage daughter Abigail is throwing a party of her own, but could it be the grown-ups’ night which really spirals out of control?

 

With little help from long-suffering husband Laurence, Beverly desperately attempts to hold the evening together, but as her guise as the perfect hostess starts to slip and tempers begin to flare, the evening descends into chaos with hilarious and tragic consequences.

 

Curve’s first show to be staged in the round, this new production of Mike Leigh’s comedy will bring audiences intimately close to the action live on stage.

 

Cary Crankson plays Tony. His theatre work includes The Saints (Nuffield Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Royal and Derngate),Hamlet, Thebes, The Robbers, Miss Julie, Mary Stuart (New Diorama/Faction Theatre Company), Wasted, London (Paines Plough), Othello (Rose Theatre, Bankside), The Rover (Southwark Playhouse), Exit Signs (Royal Court) and The Fall (Young Vic). For television, his work includes Wild West; and for You’re Gonna Wake Up One.

 

Emily Head plays Angela. Her theatre work includes Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic), Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios), and An Inspector Calls (NT tour). For television, her credits include Rita, The Inbeweeners, M.I. High, The Invisibles, Doc Martin, Trial and Retribution; and for film, The Inbetweeners.

 

Jackie Morrison plays Sue. Her theatre credits include This Is Ceilidh (Edinburgh Festival and London Southbank Centre), A Bunch of Amateurs (Watermill Theatre), Private Lives, Taking Steps, Hay Fever (Oldham Coliseum),Peribanez (Young Vic), Oh What A Lovely War (National Theatre), After Mrs Rochester (Duke of York’s), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand Theatre), and When We Are Married (Savoy Theatre). She has toured several musical shows around Scotland including Rogers and Hammerstein : The Shows The Story. She also has her one woman show Broadway to Burns.  For television, her work includes Ultimate Force, Doctor Finlay, The Commander, Monarch of The Glen, Head Over Heels, Absolutely, and Little Miss Jocelyn.

 

Patrick Moy returns to Curve to play Laurence. He previously appeared in Translations and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other theatre work includes Richard II (Ouroborous/Everyman/Abbey Theate), Anglo the Musical (Bord Gais Energy Theatre),The Playboy of the Western World (Lyric, Belfast), The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath, national tour, Apollo Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (RSC) and Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors(Shakespeare’s Globe). For television, his work includes The Big Bow Wow; and for film, The Daisy Chain.

 

Natalie Thomas plays Beverley. Her theatre credits include Boeing Boeing (Sheffield Crucible), Earthquakes In London(Headlong), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), Macbeth (Suba Das and Rae McKen), After The Dance(National Theatre) and The House of Gingerbread (Edinburgh Festival). For television, her work includes Desperate Romantics.

 

Mike Leigh is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. His plays include The Box Play, The Last Crusade of Five Little Nuns, Individual Fruit Pies, Bleak Moments, Wholesome Glory, Too Much of a Good Thing, Ecstasy, Smelling Like a Rat, Greek Tragedy, Two Thousand Years and Grief. His most recent film, Mr Turner, is released later this year.

 

Abigail’s Party is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, who recently curated Curve’s Inside Out Festival and has previously directed for the National Theatre Studio, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Young Vic. Directing at Curve includes Serious Money, Mother Clap’s Molly House and the UK première of two award-winning Indian plays developed by the Royal Court (Ok Tata Bye Bye by Purva Naresh and Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road by Ayeesha Menon); all performed by local actors. Alongside his role at Curve, he continues to develop his own work, recently directing a major community production for the Young Vic, and winning the 2013 IdeasTap Underbelly Award for the world première of Hope Light And Nowhere by Bruntwood Prize winner Andrew Sheridan.

 

 

Leicester Theatre Trust Limited gratefully acknowledges and welcomes the continued support of and partnership with the above organisations. Registered charity 230708. © Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved