Archive for May 11th, 2012

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Arnold Wesker’s Denial, at the King’s Head, Islington

Friday, 11 May, 2012

Directed by Fringe Report Award-Winner, Adam Spreadbury-Mather. On now

Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker, playwright, says this about the 2012 production of Denial at the King’s Head Theatre:

“One day someone from my past rang to tell me he had a story which he thought would made a good play: Something awful that had happened to his friends. I sighed. But within minutes of hearing what had happened to his friends I knew that this story was ‘speaking’ to me.”

“This material, about his friends’ daughter who had turned on them with dreadful, unfounded accusations of sexual abuse when she was a child was more than a story about a painful, domestic injustice; it was about the theme of manipulation – the therapist as manipulator.”

“I met the couple – a middleclass couple from North London – and taped many hours of their story. I never met ‘Valerie’, the therapist, but I read documents she’d written, and documents about her.  She is still practicing, and organises weekend conferences on the dubious topic of ‘recovered memories of child abuse’.”

More at www.kingsheadtheatre.com

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Young deaf or disabled filmmakers: bursary available

Friday, 11 May, 2012

USHOOT:USCREEN are looking for inspiring ideas for short films on the theme of “Values”.

The best six will be given a Filmmaking Bursary and Mentor Award. The deadline for applications is 15th June 2012. Bursary Winners must make their film by the end of September 2012.

Schools, Youth Groups, Colleges and Communities are invited to encourage any deaf and disabled aspiring filmmakers, aged 14 to 25, from across the South East, to apply for the opportunity to win a £1500 film bursary to make a film with expert advice from a Professional Film Mentor.

For more information see: www.uscreen.co.uk

Apply online at: http://www.uscreen.co.uk/how-to/view/ushoot-uscreen-filmmaking-competition

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Warehouse Theatre, Croydon launches appeal

Friday, 11 May, 2012

The Warehouse Theatre in Croydon, which celebrates its 35th birthday this year, is launching an appeal to safeguard its future.

Croydon council last month withdrew £30,000 of funding, while the venue was also hit by the loss of money from the Arts Council four years ago.

Officials say the loss of public funding and a downturn in box office revenue has put it in jeopardy. Insolvency firm Frost Business Recovery has now been called in to act as interim administrator.

Cate Blanchett made her London stage debut at the venue in Sweet Phoebe in 1995.

For more details of the fundraising appeal visit www.warehousetheatre.co.uk.