The Shows Must Go On

This week’s show is ‘Hairspray Live’ featuring Ariana Grande

Streaming from 7pm Friday 29th May and available for 48 hours.

Watch it on YouTube

“The story of Tracy Turnblad (newcomer Maddie Baillio), in 1962 Baltimore who wins a spot on a local TV dance program and ignites a campaign to integrate the show. The three-hour live event is directed by Tony Award®-winner Kenny Leon and features choreography from Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell. The all-star cast includes Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and Martin Short. (Original Title – Hairspray Live!) – 2016 Universal Studios.”

National Theatre at Home – This House

This week’s play is This House by James Graham and it streams from 7pm today (Thursday 28th May)

Watch This House on YouTube

“It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation. This House is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (Ink, ITV’s Quiz) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things).

You can watch This House from 7pm UK time on Thursday 28 May until 7pm UK time on Thursday 4 June 2020. It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2013.

The running time is 2 hours 40 minutes with a very short interval. It is subtitled. The play is suitable for ages 14+ with some strong language throughout.”

National Theatre at Home. Enjoy world-class theatre while we’re closed

National Theatre at Home ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ from Thursday 21st May

 

National Theatre continue to stream a show each week while they have to be closed.  The shows go out on YouTube at 7pm on Thursday and then are available for 7days

Watch the Young Vic’s hit ★★★★★ production of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster.    You can find the play here

Bringing a little of the great outdoors into your home

BBC Countryfile  are offering virtual escapes to the magical landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of Britain’s 15 national parks, from the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastline of Pembrokeshire to the lakes of Loch Lomond and the hills of the Yorkshire Dales
So sit back and relax from the comfort of your home and get your fix of the great outdoors even if you can’t physically be
there with a virtual tour:
https://www.countryfile.com/…/virtual-escapes-britains-inc…/

Discover the magical landscapes and extraordinary wildlife of Britain’s 15 national parks, from the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastline of Pembrokeshire to the lakes of Loch Lomond and the hills of the Yorkshire Dales

National Theatre at Home – Antony and Cleopatra

National Theatre at Home

Antony and Cleopatra

On YouTube from 7pm today and for 7 days
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWc6_aCTqI0

Watch Antony & Cleopatra directed by Simon Godwin. At the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, James Bond: Spectre) and Sophie Okonedo (Chimerica, Hotel Rwanda) play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Antony & Cleopatra is streaming for free 7pm UK time on Thursday 7 May. Available until 7pm UK time on Thursday 14 May 2020.

The running time is 3 hours 8mins with a short interval. It is subtitled.

This filmed performance was given a BBFC rating of 12A and contains some staged violence and flashing lights.

National Theatre At Home

This weeks performance from the National Theatre is Frankenstein

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

This week you are able to choose between 2 versions of this play
You can watch both versions of Frankenstein on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel:

Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the creature from 30 April at 7pm, to 7 May at 7pm.
https://youtu.be/tl8jxNrtceQ

Jonny Lee Miller performing as the creature from 1 May at 7pm, to 8 May at 7pm.
https://youtu.be/dI88grIRAnY

Great British Home Chorus

British choirmaster, composer and TV presenter, Gareth Malone, has launched an ‘at home’ digital choir to boost the nation’s morale during coronavirus self-isolation.

His heart-warming new initiative, ‘The Great British Home Chorus’, has been designed to bring together both amateur and professional performers around the UK by encouraging them to sing with others online.

The next rehearsal will be at 5.30pm today

You can register here to get all the information, songsheets etc: https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/ (it’s free)

If you don’t want to register but just want to watch (you may feel inspired to sing along 😀) you can see it on you tube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

 

Local History

We had our penultimate research session in Leeds Central Library for the ‘Women Reflecting on Women’ project last week. There were still lots to discuss. For one of our members the subject of the workhouse in Holbeck came up. This resulted in maps being brought out of the area, past and present. She recollected her mum saying hello, and chatting to those in the workhouse as she and her mum passed by.
The picture below is from the Leodis Leeds website along with a note about the remains of the site:
‘View of the remains of the Holbeck Union Workhouse on Beeston Road/Lane End, showing the rear entrance seen from the bowling green opposite on Moorville Grove. Following the closure of the workhouse the building became Leeds Corporation’s South Lodge public assistance institution. The site is now partly covered by Beeston Hill St Luke’s C of E Primary School’  http://www.leodis.net/ 25.11.19

Lighting the way!

As part of the ‘Nature Revealed: Making the Invisible Visible’ project, Caring Together will be working alongside the University of Leeds, Schools, other organisations and various artists which involves coming together at intervals in the year using creative techniques to explore the natural world of migrational and nocturnal birds, hedgehogs and bats etc.

For the past few weeks, at Little London Community Centre, this has involved making lanterns which will culminate in them being used  as part of Light Night in October 2020.

I for one cannot wait to see them finished. Watch this space.

The People’s Powered Press

Caring Together members recently visited Leeds-based design studio Split to have a go at producing their own public poster featuring their own words using the Peoples Powered Press. Built by JKN OilTools in Batley, the People Powered Press was originally created for These Northern Types and is thought to be the largest letterpress printing press of it’s kind in the world.

The visit was part of a joint project with SKIPPKO and was certainly a great success among those who participated.