Thursday, 14 March 2013

In conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay at West Yorkshire Playhouse

words by Kate Scott,
audio interview by Jon Cronshaw,

Throughout March, the play Refugee Boy is being performed on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The book Refugee Boy was originally written by writer, dub-poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah. Award-winning poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has taken up the challenge of adapting this raw and thought-provoking novel and translating it into a stage performance.

Refugee Boy is the story of a young African who is brought to England by his father, only to be abandoned and left in the hands of the British care system as a refugee.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Interview with Manic Chord Theatre

by Jon Cronshaw

Interview with founder of Manic Chord Theatre, David Cartwright about their forthcoming performance at Temple Works, Leeds.

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Temple Works.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Review: Northern Ballet presents The Great Gatsby

by Jon Cronshaw

Translating a novel so entrenched in the lore of 20th Century literature into dance is an ambitious task at the best of times, especially when the novel in question is as subtle and ironic as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Art Deco masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. 

Choreographer David Nixon had his work cut out for him when trying to present the story of The Great Gatsby through the medium of ballet. Without Fitzgerald’s dialogue, the story takes a backseat. It is perhaps for this reason that the performance focuses on the glamour and decadence of Gatsby’s famous parties. It is brimming with elaborate costumes, mesmerizing dance routines, and a sumptuous jazz soundtrack.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Interview with Paul Digby

by Jon Cronshaw

Leeds-based artist Paul Digby spoke to Jon Cronshaw about his work and the forthcoming Yorkshire Artists show at Leeds Gallery, March 1-28.

Paul Diby

His work encompasses painting, drawing and sculpture, and draws his influence from the worlds of science, technology and psychology.

His works are deeply considered, and though his work has a strong aesthetic, he considers himself primarily to be a conceptual artist.

Paul Digby, The Light
Paul Digby, Early Morning
Paul Digby, Kitchen
Paul Digby’s homepage
Leeds Gallery
Paul Digby’s Axis profile
Jon Cronshaw’s homepage
Hoping Against All Hope: A Response to Paul Digby’s Work.