MU­SIC Green Day

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short story. The win­ner re­ceives £15,000 and four fur­ther short­listed au­thors re­ceive £600 each. The panel of judges will be chaired by best-sell­ing nov­el­ist Joanna Trol­lope and will also in­clude writ­ers Eimear McBride and Jon McGre­gor and

BBC Ra­dio Books Editor Di Speirs. The Awards ceremony will take place on Oc­to­ber 3.

Folk Opera: Barns­ley-based com­poser He­len Mad­den is pre­sent­ing two spe­cial per­for­mances next week of the Chi­nese fa­ble

The Magic Paint­brush, which she has reimag­ined as a folk opera, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pupils from five Barns­ley schools. The pro­duc­tion fea­tures pro­fes­sional ac­tors, singers and mu­si­cians along­side chil­dren from Greenacre Spe­cial School, Barugh Green Pri­mary, Gooseacre Pri­mary Acad­emy, Goldthorpe THEY ARE un­doubt­edly a band that di­vides opin­ion over whether their of­ten throw-away punk rock em­bod­ies the true spirit of the genre.

But for any­one who can lay claim to a ca­reer span­ning the past 30 years, you re­alise Green Day must be do­ing some­thing right. And dur­ing a two-and-a-half hour set in Leeds, it was per­fectly ap­par­ent that the Cal­i­for­nian out­fit ap­pear to have re­dis­cov­ered a youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance that be­lies the ad­vent of middle age.

That may well be down to the re­cent events in their home na­tion, as Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion has cer­tainly given singer Billy Joe Armstrong a tar­get to vent his anger.

The crowd’s re­sponse to songs from the lat­est al­bum, Rev­o­lu­tion Ra­dio, in­clud­ing the ti­tle track and Still Breath­ing showed this was not sim­ply a night for nos­tal­gia.

But the most em­phatic re­sponses were un­sur­pris­ingly for songs from yes­ter­year such as Bas­ket Case, Mi­nor­ity and Amer­i­can Id­iot.

The big­gest smiles were, how­ever, raised dur­ing a cover of Op­er­a­tion Ivy’s Knowl­edge, when a fan was brought on stage to play gui­tar. Af­ter con­grat­u­lat­ing him at the end of the song, Armstrong in­formed the fan that he could keep the gui­tar. The fan’s un­bri­dled de­light summed up the essence of what Green Day are about – a band that can make the world seem like a bet­ter place. Pri­mary and Dar­ton Col­lege.

The opera uses both tra­di­tional in­stru­men­ta­tion and the ‘Bloom’ soft­ware app al­low­ing those with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties to per­form live mu­sic. Per­for­mances are at Dearne Play­house in Rother­ham on Fe­bru­ary 13 and at The Civic Barns­ley on Fe­bru­ary 15.

Dance and sto­ry­telling: Lo­cal pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in Scar­bor­ough will be tak­ing part in In­dian dance and sto­ry­telling work­shops at the Stephen Joseph The­atre next week. Hal­i­fax-based An­na­purna In­dian Dance run their dance days with the aim of achiev­ing har­mony and un­der­stand­ing be­tween peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

WIN­NER: Gary Clarke Com­pany’s dance piece COALhas won two awards.

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