Our outing in November was the second to be funded by the People’s Health Trust grant. Maybe the fact that it was an indoor event made all the difference, but we met our target of ten people. The opening night of Theresa Heskins’ highly original and innovative staging of Treasure Island was stunningly brilliant.
Photo Andrew Billington
With seats on the first two rows, we were very close to the thrilling, action-packed drama of pirates, ships, and hidden treasure. Theatre in the round is the most magical kind of theatre…it is often hard to believe what you are seeing right in front of you. Ship’s rigging drop down within touching distance, huge wooden barrels come hurling across the stage and miss you by inches, sword fights come so close, you fear for your own life as much as for the actors.
Every cast member was both actor and musician. Whilst the score for the show may not make the top 20 …it certainly helped create atmosphere and underlined the storyline. Before our eyes, the theatre space was transformed from a sinister remote inn, to a bustling ship’s main deck, to a colourful, strange tropical forest.
A packed theatre of all ages showed its appreciation with rapturous applause of a truly memorable production
Deborah Rogers is a welcome, familiar face, so we were delighted when she agreed to run a series of creative printmaking workshops, the first of which took place on Monday 27 November. Under Deborah’s encouraging, expert hands, we were soon fully engaged in making templates for printing. The concentration was so intense you could have heard a pin drop.
We look forward to the next workshop which coincides with our earlier Christmas meeting on Monday 18 December. This workshop is funded by the People’s Health Trust
Several members attended the first Meet Me At Live Age dance workshop. Rachel Lines is an inspirational teacher who soon had a very mixed assembly of individuals from four different organisation working together as a team. If you would like to be involved in the project let us or Rachel know. The next workshop is Friday 15 December 1.00-3.30 pm at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Hanley