Scratch Night

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 15/REVIEWS - WEST YORK­SHIRE PLAY­HOUSE NICK AHAD

Mainly one-man or one-woman shows, Scratch Night brings with it a spe­cial kind of en­ergy and it is im­por­tant and wor­thy that the Play­house has found space in its sea­son to pro­gramme a night fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of work such as this. Im­por­tant and wor­thy – and also highly en­ter­tain­ing.

Five short pieces be­ing shared with an au­di­ence at the very early stages of de­vel­op­ment in a warm and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. It’s theatre that gets back to the ba­sics and all the more won­der­ful for it.

Scratch Night fea­tured the work of Tom Collinson and Arian Nik, Pieces of Us theatre com­pany, Gemma Head, Luke Kavanagh-Allen and Ruth Cock­burn.

There are bound to be favourites, pieces some in the au­di­ence con­nect with more with than oth­ers. Ka­vangh-Allen shares sto­ries of liv­ing with OCD, Gemma Head tales of liv­ing with Al­binism, but what con­nects all of these pieces is the per­form­ers’ brav­ery and the warmth with which each piece is re­ceived. In was only re­vived once dur­ing their life­time. The mu­si­cal will be per­formed with a full Broad­way­sized or­ches­tra along­side a cast of stu­dent per­form­ers on May 2 and 4 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets www. con­certs.sh­effield.ac.uk

Gallery re­open­ing: Leeds

Art Gallery this week an­nounced that it will re­open its gal­leries to the pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 13, af­ter its clo­sure for es­sen­tial re­pairs to the orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian roof and build­ing. Re­open­ing pro­gramme high­lights will in­clude the Artist Rooms Joseph Beuys ex­hi­bi­tion, and new ac­qui­si­tions by leading con­tem­po­rary artists such as young US artist Mar­tine Syms and renowned British sculp­tor Alison Wilding RA. among there are clearly real gems in the germs of the ideas. Vol­un­teer­ing for Selby Arts Fes­ti­val: The in­au­gu­ral Selby Arts Fes­ti­val which takes place July 22-30 is look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers, aged 16 plus, who have an in­ter­est in the arts, events man­age­ment and a de­sire to bring to­gether one of the must­see events in York­shire this Sum­mer. Or­gan­is­ers are holding two vol­un­teer brief­ing events in Selby on May 4 and 13. More de­tails sel­b­yarts­fes­ti­val.co.uk/vol­un­teer­ing/

Tony Har­ri­son spe­cial birth­day read­ing: Cel­e­brated Leeds poet and drama­tist, Tony Har­ri­son, will be at Salts Mill on Sun­day April 30 for a read­ing and sign­ing on the oc­ca­sion of his 80th birth­day. Tick­ets cost £10 (in­cludes re­fresh­ments) and can be pur­chased from the 1853 Gallery, or phone 01274 531163, 10am- 5.30 pm. Doors open at 6.45 pm for a 7pm start.

PICTURE: PETER BOYD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

ON TOUR: Mikron Theatre’s Best Foot For­ward ex­plores the his­tory of Youth Hostelling.

RE­CLINE: Henry Moore sculp­ture at Leeds Arts Gallery, re­open­ing in Oc­to­ber.

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