With just 71 sleeps to go until Christmas, it’s time to set your alarm and get ready for the nation’s dreamiest panto as Sleeping Beauty heads to Coventry this Christmas. Ahead of the show’s opening on Wednesday 21 November, the Belgrade Theatre is already getting set for Christmas, with full casting now confirmed for the show. Returning for his 24th Belgrade Theatre pantomime will be writer and director Iain Lauchlan. With a career spanning over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Iain is best known as the writer of the BAFTA-winning series The Tweenies, but has also worked on a range of other popular television shows, including Playschool, Fingermouse, Playdays, Storytime and Fun Song Factory. This year, Lauchlan will be taking on the role of Nanny McWheeze, joined by fellow Belgrade favourite and regular partner in crime Craig Hollingsworth as Muddles the Jester. Together, the much-loved comedy double-act will be working to assist Prince Valiant on his quest to … [Read more...] about This is who is set to star in Sleeping Beauty at the Belgrade
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REGINALD D Hunter’s Songs of the Border is hitting our screens this evening, but who is he and what’s it all about? Here’s everything you need to know about the musical documentary. What time is Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border on BBC Two? Reginald D Hunter will be taking us with him on a 2,000-mile road trip along the border between the US and Mexico, exploring how music has gone beyond the “Iron Curtain”. It starts tonight at 9pm on BBC Two. The show goes up against Gino's Win Your Wish List and The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey. Who is Reginald D Hunter? Reginald D Hunter is an American stand-up comedian. He was born in Albany, Georgia in 1969 and was the youngest of 9 children. The stand-up comic came to the UK aged 27 to study at theatre RADA, but soon discovered his love for comedy – he became a professional comedian after delivering his first set as a dare. He has made many appearances on The Unbelievable Truth on BBC … [Read more...] about What time is Songs of the Border on BBC Two tonight, who is Reginald D Hunter and what’s the show about?
1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it?Fate landed me in the studio of Joe Gracey in Austin, December 1979. I had a handful of songs I had just written and decided I'd like to try to make a record. It was the luckiest day of my life. It opened a whole new world to me as an artist and little did I know that Joe Gracey would become the love of my life. 2. Best gigs you've been to?Most recently my kids treated me to Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds at Austin City Limits Music Festival, for Mother's Day, and it was fantastic. I saw the next-to-last show that the famous Texas Playboys did in San Marcos, Texas, in the late 80s. We opened the show and then I sat on the stairs to the stage and just soaked it all in. Another favourite memory of mine, in terms of my own shows, was playing with Willie Nelson and legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble in Indianapolis for 80,000 people at a Farm Aid concert. 3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?Ray Benson and … [Read more...] about Arts Q&A: Kimmie Rhodes on Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the power of love
“The wall? It’s a solemn stupidity, a joke that makes me angry as a Mexican,” says Tony Valdez, standing just a few steps from the fence that already exists between San Diego and Tijuana. A few meters into US territory, there is another wall made of concrete. And in between both, eight border wall prototypes representing Donald Trump’s obsession ever since he announced he was running for president in June 2015. “I am a neighbor of the wall of shame,” says Valdez. The construction of the new Trump border wall is already a reality: it began a week ago in the area between Chihuahua and New Mexico, and will soon reach California according to plans. They can put up a thousand walls, but Mexicans will still get through Tony Valdez, local resident The “line” has marked the life of 33-year-old Valdez, who arrived in Tijuana at the age of seven and moved to the neighborhood of Las Torres, very near the border. The migra (border patrol) has … [Read more...] about “I am a neighbor of the wall of shame”
The main shopping street in Reykjavík is called Laugavegur, “the way of hot pools”, because it was originally used by women hauling laundry from the town to the thermal springs two miles away. It cuts across Iceland’s capital from west to east, with the Atlantic Ocean below and, above, the bone-white Hallgrímskirkja church looming over the city’s brightly coloured roofs like a tower from Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It was a street that Birna Brjánsdóttir knew well. A vivacious 20-year-old woman with auburn hair and a sharp sense of humour, Birna grew up in the suburbs, a 30-minute walk away. She liked music – everything from hip-hop to folk – and she liked to drive, and so in the summer of 2016 she embraced the Icelandic pastime of rúntur, cruising slowly down Laugavegur in her father’s car with her friends, windows open, speakers blaring, past the boutiques and coffee bars and tourist shops selling soft-toy puffins … [Read more...] about The murder that shook Iceland