Friday, 15 January 2016

All Things Considered Theatre's Dr TV and the TV Zombies

Commissioned and written specially for Leeds City Council's Public Health by David Coggins Dr TV and the TV Zombies was presented by All Things Considered Theatre at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Image credit:  All Things Considered Theatre

Wakefield College's musical theatre students performed this production.  It is about Dr TV wanting Bored Town, a fictitious place, to watch more and more television.  Zombifying the residents he can plan his world domination and he begins his quest by building the town's new  television factory.  Fortunately not everybody is under the spell of Dr TV.  A small group of people including the Knitting Circle and The Book That Knows Everything plans to save the town and bring about change.

An excellent production overall performed by a very talented cast.  The catchy songs, specially Too much TV's bad for you, and music arranged thoughtfully by Paul Dale Vickers. Great colourful and eye catching staging and costumes compliments the show.

The production's aim is to encourage children and families to see the negative impact of excessive television viewing and pursue physical activity. Geared at school children where they have an opportunity to sign a Dr Swapathon pledge to swap some TV viewing for exercise.  Not just for children, adults especially parents too can participate either with their children or on their own.  Certainly something for everyone!

The resources for this production is available for schools to use including putting on their own performances.  Further information can be found here.

A big thank you to both All Things Considered Theatre and Leeds City Council's Public Health for putting on a successful production!  One is sure that many will benefit from the positive legacy of Dr TV and the TV Zombies.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Northern Ballet's The Nutcracker - Saturday 2nd January 2016

I took my niece to her third ballet, The Nutcracker, at the beginning of January.  Here are her thoughts:

"The ballet was amazing.  The outfits were very well made and thought out.  The dancing was full of feeling.  The background stuff (staging and props) was (were) breathtaking.  My favourite dancer was the Sugar Plum Fairy (danced by Abigail Prudamas)"

Image Credit: Emma Kauldhar 
(Accessed from

I share exactly what my niece thinks about The Nutcracker.  David Nixon's production comes to Leeds for the Grand theatre's Christmas show.  Set to Tchaikovsky's popular musical score and adapted to Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the ballet pleases many to the eye and drives the imagination of many.

When Clara (danced by Antoinette Brooks-Daw) goes on a magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince (danced by Kevin Poeung). They travel to a stunning Winter Wonderland starring the eye-catching dancing snowflakes and other unique characters.

The star character must be the Sugar Plum Fairy (Prudamas).  Prudamas' dancing is the definitive moment of this performance.  Containing endless turns and pirouettes the beautiful intricate dancing captures the imagination and magic of The Nutcracker.  The chemistry in the Pas de Deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier (danced by Joseph Taylor).

A beautiful production with great dancing and eye catching staging by Charles Cusick Smith and Mark Jonathan.  We are now looking forward to Northern Ballet's next production, Swan Lake, in March.