A COMMUNITY theatre group is calling on actors, seamstresses, artists, bakers and more to help bring a Shakespearean comedy to life. Weardale-based Drama in the Dale is looking for volunteers ahead of its next production, As You Like It by William Shakespeare. The group planned to hold an open event earlier this month for people to find out more about the opportunities on offer. Unfortunately, it was postponed due to heavy snow. It will now take place on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at St Thomas’ Church Hall in Front Street Stanhope. People of all ages are welcome and there are a variety of roles available for people with a array of talents, including acting, sewing, first aid, design, marketing and communications, music and baking. Alternatively, contact [email protected] Drama in the Dale aim is to bring community theatre to unusual places. To find out more, visit dramadale.co.uk or search for Drama in the Dale on Facebook. … [Read more...] about Actors, bakers, seamstresses and more needed to help bring Shakespeare comedy to life
In pictures: Scotland in the snow 0 Have your say An Arctic weather front dubbed the Beast from the East 3 is set to sweep Scotland in the run up to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Forecasters have predicted the mercury is set to plummet well into the minuses – as much as -10C in some parts of the UK – as early as this Monday, bringing heavy snow and icy conditions.Edinburgh and the Lothians will experience the beginning of the Arctic conditions on Tuesday when temperatures are expected to dip to below freezing. Snow are showers are also forecast for Wednesday.Sleet and wind is forecast for much of the west of the Scotland, with frequest heavy snow showers expected towards the start of the Easter weekend.The weather is being blamed on another Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) pattern in the Arctic.That pattern caused the Beast from the East in February and March, which led to widespread disruption and brought the country to a halt.The Met Office said … [Read more...] about Scotland’s weather: Beast from the East 3 to bring heavy snow
In 1995 France was hit by the biggest social movement since 1968 as rail workers staged weeks of industrial action that crippled the country's train network. Their action, part of a greater social movement against then Prime Minister Alain Juppé's planned retirement and welfare reforms is still remembered by many in France who were affected by the chaos that saw Paris hit by traffic gridlock and free boats provided to ferry people along the Seine to help them get home. The main grievances for the railway workers back in 1995 were the loss of the right to retire at 55 and an SNCF restructuring plan which was to eliminate thousands of jobs. Some 23 years later and French rail workers are once again up in arms and promising all out war against the government over its planned reforms to the rail sector and its state operator SNCF. "We are surely on our way to one of the biggest union actions in the SNCF's history," Laurent Brun, head of the CGT … [Read more...] about Could striking French rail workers bring France to a standstill once again?
PUBLISHED: 22:28 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:32 20 March 2018 The Green Party proposed a motion to bring back water fountains across the city. Norwich city councillors Lesley Grahame and Simeon Jackson by one of the original fountains in Norwich. Byline: Sonya Duncan. ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 The reintroduction of public drinking fountains around Norwich has been given support. But councillors have expressed concern about hygiene and the cost of installing, maintaining and quality testing the fountains. The opposition Green group called for the council to work with the Business Improvement District and Anglian Water to develop a plan for the funding, installation and maintenance of the fountains. Labour amended the motion, so that its cabinet would consider doing that and it was unanimously agreed at a Norwich City Council meeting tonight. However Labour’s Kevin Maguire raised concerns over hygiene and what it would cost to carry out samples of the water to … [Read more...] about Call to bring back water fountains in Norwich gets support
Video PUBLISHED: 13:05 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:05 19 March 2018 Simon Parkin La Traviata - Violetta played by Maria Tonina. Photo: Ellen Kent Archant Opera impresario Ellen Kent is a phenomenon. An energy-packed dynamo she has been producing lavish productions starring international performers for 30 years. As her two 2018 productions arrive at Norwich Theatre Royal we find out more. Opera impresario Ellen Kent. Photo: Submitted She is the woman who has made it her mission to take some of the world’s best known operas around the UK mixing top international performers, stunning sets and plenty of showmanship. From her early years in India, through to her days at Norfolk boarding school in Cromer, the joy of being creative has never left Ellen Kent. She embarked upon a life as an actress, dancer and singer, appearing on television and on stage. Then in 1983, she set up a production company, and was soon bringing opera performers from Eastern Europe in the UK. … [Read more...] about Ellen Kent on lifelong mission to bring opera to the masses