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Place in Process at the Discovery Centre

There is nothing permanent except change. Now there’s a phrase. Often attributed to Heraclitus but possibly by some other clever old Greek but whoever said it first they had certainly noticed a key feature of the way the world works.

However much we may crave stasis and continuity (and most of us do really, lets be honest) what we get is change. People, relationships, places, nothing is constant.

A fascinating new exhibition, Place In Process, (at the Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes until April 22nd) and subtitled Landscapes of Present and Past Grimsby and Cleethorpes, reshaped and re-imagined) gives two artists, Cleethorpes born Dale Mackie and Nottingham resident Steven Ingman the chance to explore the changing nature of places in time, whether it’s urban dereliction and decay in central Grimsby or seasonal change in the resort areas of Cleethorpes.

Ingman has a long standing interest in the way in which our relationship with, and understanding of, environmental space is changed by the passage of time. His pictures in this exhibition show iconic places in Cleethorpes including the sea wall, the Fitties, the prom and the big wheel but with emphasis on their appearance in the off season.As he puts it –

“I enjoy the process of trying to understand an environment and its human interaction by exploring it through an inverted perspective. In my previous work I have contemplated the juxtaposition of night and day and derelict spaces in cityscapes. In addition, I am fascinated in the relationship between the natural and the man made world. Within these settings I delve into the layers of human history, change and narrative. I am constantly looking for the hidden stories and through the work I produce I aim to reshape the everyday, allowing the viewer to re-imagine, question and find new meaning..”

Dale Mackie on the other hand draws his inspitration from photographs of old Grimsby, showing buildings we have long since lost, often in the process of destruction. The images on display include the changing map of central Grimsby, a collage of departed businesses including many familiar names, and a series of monochrome drawings of local buildings in the process of neglect and/or demolition.

His pictures are infused with sadness at the losses to the town’s architectural history, particularly during the late 60s and early 70s when so much harm was done to the local environment, most notably in the Bullring area.

As he says himself –

“If I had been born in Grimsby I no doubt would have ventured into some of those old historic buildings the town had to offer. Now all I can do is look at the old photos online and agree with all the comments: “Why did we rip the heart out of Grimsby?”

It’s a fascinating exhibition for anyone with an interest in the way that our area has changed over the past few decades, admission is free and the show runs until April 22nd. For more information check out the Arts Meridian website and Facebook pages.

ERASURE PLAY HULL CITY HALL WITH NU-DISCO SUPPORT FROM BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT

Legendary eighties hitmakers Erasure play Hull City Hall on 7th February – check the website for ticket availability – as they launch a major tour of the UK and Europe.

The duo, (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke), who recently accepted the Icon Award at Attitude’s 2017 award ceremony, have had 5 UK Number One albums and 35 UK Top 40 Singles and their latest album, World Be Gone, went to Number 6 in the UK Official Albums Chart, giving them their highest album chart position since 1994.

They’ve also been working with Brussels based post classical musicians Echo Collective on a project which sees the new album given a post-classical rework.

Tour Support comes from nu-disco/synthpop project Bright Light, Bright Light (Welsh singer songwriter Rod Thomas), whose most recent album Choreography has taken him on a whirlwind ride in the past year or so.

He’s a long term Erasure fan and has worked with Vince Clarke in the past on remixes of some of his best known tracks so it made sense for them to tour together.

So is he looking forward to being on the road with his heroes? It certainly sounds like it.

“Touring with Erasure will be a total joy. The teenage me can’t believe what’s happening and the current me isn’t much calmer either really! Vince and Andy are legends and also happen to be two of the nicest people I’ve met so this tour is a dream come true.”

Bright Light Bright Light has had two albums in the Indy top 20, collaborated with Scissor Sisters and Elton John, performed on the Graham Norton show and even appeared as an extra in The League of Gentlemen.

It should certainly be a great tour and we’re looking forward to the Hull show – it promises to be one of the highlights of the year.

“I am guilty. I’m a little confused.” The Thrill Of Love at The Caxton Theatre

The words of Ruth Ellis to the off duty policeman who arrested her outside The Magdala pub in April 1955 after she had used a revolver to kill her lover David Blakely. The crime is played out in the opening scene of The Thrill Of Love by Amanda Whittington, which retells the story of the last woman to be executed in Britain.

As post war austerity draws to an end the private clubs of Soho and Knightsbridge are full of well to do punters and there is always a place for a good looking hostess. It’s a world of seedy glamour, of fast cars, strong drink and seamed stockings and the new production at The Caxtons recreates that world to remarkable effect on a stripped back stage painted prison grey and with the shadow of window bars cast over the set. There are only a few pieces of spartan furniture on stage, emphasising the similarities between the tawdry clubs around which the action plays out, the spartan bedsit in which Ellis miscarries, having been punched in the stomach by Blakely, and the condemned cell at Holloway (just pull the wardrobe aside to reveal the door to the gallows chamber).

The play investigates the damage that love can do and the suffering that some people are prepared to endure in its name. A crackly recording of Billy Holiday sets the scene and Chloey Rose as Ruth Ellis brings just the right mixture of brass and vulnerability to her portrayal of Ruth, a small town girl from North Wales who has spent the war dancing every night and hopes to move into the glittering world of British film celebrity like her idol Diana Dors.

Drawn inexorably to men who will do her harm she seems to be marked for victimhood from the start and although the play unquestionably doubts whether or not she should have died as she did it does not make her out to be a heroine or a martyr. She’s a severely damaged person, incapable of pulling herself back from the brink, as frustrating to Ruairidh Greig’s dogged, down to earth police detective as she is to her friends.

Greig’s old school copper is an omnipresent narrator/character, moving serenely through flashbacks, questioning Ellis to try to discover the truth, (particularly about exactly where she acquired the gun) and persuade her to co-operate with the many appeals for clemency launched on her behalf by others. She gives him short shrift almost to the end, by which time it’s too late.

There’s fantastic support from the three actresses who play Ellis’s friends, Marie Barker as the hard as nails and heart of gold Sylvia Shaw, Louise Blakey as comrade in arms Vickie Martin and Claire Wright as charlady and good girl Doris Judd and under the direction of Cathy Bennett-Ryan they effectively summon up the spirit of an era long before #MeToo, when casual violence against women was part of everyday life.

After a run of comedies it’s nice to see the Caxtons taking on a more serious piece of theatre for a change and we’d highly recommend a visit.

The Thrill Of Love is at the Caxton Theatre from Saturday 20th January to Saturday 27th January. Tickets available through www.caxtontheatre.com or on 01472 323111.

COLLABRO AND THEIR GUESTS BRING THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS TO THE AUDITORIUM

A packed house was treated to a fantastic evening of music and song on Tuesday night at Grimsby Auditorium as Britain’s Got Talent Winners and multi platinum album sellers Collabro and their guests came to town.

Opening the show was Sheffield born gospel country singer Philippa Hanna whose set showcased the songwriting and vocal skills which have taken her to the top of the UK gospel charts. Highlights of her set were I Am Amazing, taken from her 2016 album Come Back Fighting, which allowed her to show her marvellously fluid voice to maximum effect and Arrow which has a great up-beat Country vibe and an inspirational message well suited to her Christian background.

Collabro are everyone’s favourite masters of the big show tune that goes like this, starts off soft and low, and ends up with a kiss and this evening they delivered a masterclass in showmanship with a fine six piece band, elegant staging and costumes and a setlist that ranged from Les Miserables to Miss Saigon taking in Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom and lots of other modern musical theatre favourites on the way as well as pop hits like the Mumfords’ I Will Wait and a lively Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Their main set ended with Stars, the tune which first brought them to our attention and then we were treated to a fantastic encore which climaxed with a crimson jacketed December 1963 (Oh What A Night) that had the audience up on its feet and dancing to the Jersey Boys classic.

The nicest surprise of the evening was Collabro’s special guest, Mansfield born Carly Paoli who is one of those fortunate artists whose talent allows them to excel across genres. She has a cool precision that’s well suited to the classical repertoire but also the emotional expressiveness required for musical theatre.

Having fallen in love with the classic film musicals at home she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and she’s certainly a performer whose star is on the rise, having duetted with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo and had one of her own songs, Ave Maria, selected by the Vatican as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy.

She first appeared to join Collabro for a stunning Over The Rainbow and then treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released debut album Singing My Dreams. She’s due to headline a show at the Cadogan Hall in London on February 15th 2018 – and it promises to be a great show at one of the most famous venues in the capital.

Not bad for a little girl from Mansfield who fell in love with the magic of the great MGM musicals and never looked back! We’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!

LA LUNA & FRANKLIN YOUNG VOICES LAUNCH THEIR NEW POETRY COLLECTION

An exciting collaboration between La Luna Publishing, Barton based author Nick Triplow and students from Franklin College will reach fruition on Thursday 30th November when The Moon On The Water on Cleethorpes Seafront will host the launch of a new poetry collection entitled In Case of an Emergency. The book also features photography and original illustrations.

The launch will feature some of the young writers performing their work. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

The anthology has been produced with support from Arts Council England and their funding has meant that the young writers have had the opportunity to receive critical editorial feedback on their work from professional writers and editors Josie Moon and Nick Triplow. They have also benefited from workshops with professional poets Antony Dunn and Helen Mort.

“It would be wonderful to have a great audience at the event to show support for these talented young people and the work they have done,” says Josie Moon, director at La Luna.

The book showcases the talent and courage of its authors so if you’re a poetry enthusiast why not take a trip down to the Moon on the Water and lend your support. The event begins at 7.30 pm and entry is free.

For further information please contact Josie Moon by email at msjosiemoon@gmail.com

Come and sing with the Humber Belles

It’s time to let all that music out for everyone to hear!

If you love to sing then you’ll love the Humber Belles, a group of ladies who meet to sing each Thursday at Wendover Hall from 7.15-9.30pm.

The Belles will be holding a short course in close harmony singing soon after Christmas. These sessions, which will be held in a happy and relaxed atmosphere, should help to banish those Post-Christmas Blues! They’ll be lots of fun and help improve your technique too so for further information please email sing4parts@outlook.com

Visit their website or contact Vere Conolly on 01472 695836 for further details

Favourite Ballets Coming To The Auditorium in December

There’s a fabulous weekend of dance in prospect at the beginning of December when Grimsby Auditorium plays host to two of the world’s best loved ballets – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (on Friday 1st) and Swan Lake (Sunday 3rd).

Both are directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky and performed by the company and orchestra of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It’s a tragic romance in which a princess is turned into a swan by an evil curse and captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker.

Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. Expect snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats and more.

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Trouble On’t Moor: Intent To Murder At The Caxtons

High on the Yorkshire moors trouble is brewing. Romantic novelist Janet Preston has murdered her husband (who happens to be a bank robber and thoroughly bad egg) and stashed his body in the study until she can find a way of disposing of it. But before she can drop it into the local tarn events take an unexpected turn and her best lain plans threaten to unravel.

Intent To Murder, playing all this week at The Caxton Theatre, is a sharply written drama/thriller from the pen of Leslie Sands (the original Inspector Frost on radio and fondly remembered in our house at least as TV’s Inspector Cluff) and, directed here by Steve Skipworth, it’s pacey and taut and the dialogue is has enough quality to allow the cast to create an air of real tension.

Caxtons debutant John Flint is convincingly menacing as bank robber George Bates and Gemma Dodds is excellent as Janet Preston, a character with whom our sympathies lie at the opening of the play but whose ruthless streak becomes more and more apparent as the piece progresses. As Larry and Chris, a young couple who are drawn unwittingly into the schemes of the main characters, Jack Scott and Tara Lidgard (another debutant) acquit themselves admirably, although without much help from the script which doesn’t give them a lot to work with.

Scene stealing awards this time go to Bruce Forster whose inquisitive and perceptive Dr Henderson is as insouciant as Father Brown, as tenacious as Columbo and as Welsh as a bag of dragons and Geraldine Godwin, who turns her considerable comic talents to the role of the gossipy cleaning lady Mrs Bunting.

Intent To Murder will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last and it runs at The Caxtons until Saturday 21st October 2017. To book tickets visit www.caxtontheatre.com or call into the Grimsby or Cleethorpes TIC Or contact them by phone on 01472 323111

Great Grimsby Community Choir Finds A New Home At St Marks Church

In recent years singing, especially choral singing, has become one of the most popular social activities in the UK, due in some part to increased television exposure but mostly, we think, thanks to the joy that raising one’s voice in song can create.

If you’ve got a hankering for flexing your vocal chords in the company of some like minded others then you might care to pay a visit to Great Grimsby Community Choir at their new home at St Mark’s Church on Laceby Road. They meet every Monday at 7.30pm and anyone aged 14 and over can join. There’s no audition all you need is enthusiasm. The fee is £4 per week.

They’re a friendly and inclusive group, meeting weekly, performing regularly and with a wide variety of material in their ever expanding repertoire.

For further information please contact musical director Josie Moon (pictured right) at msjosiemoon@gmail.com.

New Cartergate Underpass Mural Is Unveiled

Artists, councillors and representatives of many of the area’s most illustrious names gathered in Top Town on Thursday 5th October to celebrate the official unveiling of the new Cartergate underpass mural.

The mural is the work of art collective Creative Start and was painted by a team of volunteers led by founder and organiser Sam Delaney. Many of those involved have never participated in an arts project before and some took part as an element of a programme of abstinence therapy.

The design features a panoply of famous faces from the area including motorcycling champion Freddie Frith, record breaking Channel swimmer Brenda Fisher, top tennis player Shirley Brasher, motorcycle racer Guy Martin, dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, actor Sir John Hurt and players from Grimsby Town FC. There are also street scenes from the Top Town area including the Minster and 1940s Chantry Lane.

Cutting the ribbon Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for Health, Adult Social Care and Wellbeing commented on how much, as a regular user of the underpass, she had enjoyed watching the development of this latest part of the Cartergate renewal and on the skill and dedication of the artists involved. As a football fan she was particularly taken with the section of the mural celebrating the achievements of the Mighty Mariners.

The artwork certainly makes a huge difference to what has been, in the past, a somewhat neglected part of the town and it’s yet another step along the road to the renewal of the Cartergate area, which has seen new pavements, railings and of course the construction of the Wilkin & Chapman building close to the underpass.
If you’re not a regular user we’d certainly recommend taking a visit to admire the mural, especially while there are still pieces from
the recent Urban Arts Festival to enjoy on the walls of St James House.

To find out more about Creative Start or to get involved, visit www.creativestartarts.com or their Facebook page