ARTS TO EXPLORE DISABILITY
Ballet goes to the ball for Cinderella Stand-up explores science of comedy
were hugely successful and suddenly we were sexy and the ‘in thing’ but this has somewhat waned. That is why this production of The Threepenny Opera is as important as ever to remind people that we are part of the fabric of society and we aren’t going anywhere.”
The production uses a fully integrated cast of disabled and non-disabled actors and musicians, the first production to do so and tour to four of the UK’s major venues, which have come together to fund and create the piece. The only way New Wolsey, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae could have embarked on such a huge production was by getting into bed together and sharing an artistic and financial mission,” says Sealey. “It has been a mammoth task ensuring clean lines of communication and being on the same page. Each company does things differently but we have really learnt from each other and have plans to do something else. So watch this space.”
Taking John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, along with a few liberties, Brecht and Weill – with great difficulty – eventually created a musical that would continue to have much to say about society over a century later.
In a world where evil goes unpunished and lowly souls remain on the poverty line, London’s most notorious criminal Macheath has recently married Polly, the daughter of Jonathan Peachum, leader of the beggars. The story of jealousy and rivalry is often secondary in a production of a play that is never less than incendiary and seems always to have something to say about where we are as a society.
“At the time of making this show, members of the cast are campaigning relentlessly to stop the government from closing the Independent Living Fund and I am heading a campaign to stop changes and cuts to Access to Work’s provision of sign language interpreters hours which means I may not be able to do my job,” says Sealey.
“Deaf and disabled people are being stripped of their rights to live their lives with equality, quality and dignity. It is becoming scary and I look at my cast and think maybe they will not be able to work for Graeae in the years to come because access and the wherewithal to work has been denied.”
The Threepenny Opera, West Yorkshire Playhouse, to May 10. Tickets 0113 213 700, www.wyp.org.uk THE classic rags-to-riches fairytale, Cinderella, will take to the stage in York next month.
Dancers from the Vienna Festival Ballet will bring the story of Cinderella, the handsome Prince and two ugly sisters to life with specially commissioned score by Chris Nicholls. Featuring music from some of Rossini’s most famous operas, La Cenerentola, the Italian Girl in Algiers and Silken Ladder, the show has been choreographed by Sheila Styles.
Cinderella will be at the Grand Opera House in York on May 10. For tickets call 0844 871 3024 or online at www.atgtickets.com AWARD winning comedian Robin Ince is back on the road with his latest tour.
The science enthusiast best known for presenting the series The Infinite Monkey Cage alongside physicist Brian Cox, will be bringing his new series of comic lectures to the City Varieties in Leeds.
His show looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and how hard it is being a selfconscious person on the planet Earth. Ince will be performing on April 29 and for tickets call 0113 243 0808 or online at www. cityvarities.co.uk