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.
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.