Chisholm for President… A new musical sharing

Popping back on here to let you know that we will have a sharing of current work-in-progress ‘Chisholm 72’ on Friday 22 November 1pm at Leeds College of Music. It’s about Shirley Chisholm, first Black Congresswoman who ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972. Shirley is the clearsighted, fierce, passionate woman warrior for justice that we need today. The musical is being created by two of Leeds own brilliant warriors for justice Zodwa Nyoni  and Testament . We’re working with students from Musical Theatre course of Leeds College of Music, the performing talents of Flo Wilson, Dermot Daly, and Justina Aina, and the musical talents of Michael Lovelock, Neil Innes, Nick Svarc, and Isaac Heywood. We’d love you to come see what we’re making – drop me a line on alex@leedsstudio.org if you want to come along.

 

 

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A new story…

Hello again,

I wish I could say the world had taken a turn for the better in the two or so years since I last posted on here. But it hasn’t has it…

As I write we’re teetering on the edge of who knows what in Brexit-land, news of a fresh atrocity perpetrated by white, far right terrorists comes from around the world, and more hate and division continues to be spoken from our politicians, our media, our screens.

What can we do?

One thing (but by no means the only thing) we’re doing is going back to the wise words and strong examples of the Black women leaders in history. One such woman was Shirley Chisholm, first Black congresswoman and the first woman to run for the Presidential nomination of the Democratic party. If you’ve not read her autobiography ‘Unbought and Unbossed‘ I strongly recommend it. Every word stands out as a clear-sighted judgement of the corrupted political system and embedded racism and sexism of politics, the consequences of which as so evident today. The world would be better if we had listened to Black Women.

We’ve commissioned Zodwa Nyoni, writer of Nine Lives, and Testament to start work on a new piece about Shirley Chisholm. It’s very early days but we’re excited about where this is going. Testament has been awarded an Opera North Resonance residency to do some work on it and we’ll be doing a small work in progress sharing in Leeds on 5th April. If you want to come along drop me an email on alex@leedsstudio.org

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Nine Lives – last chance to see

It has been a long and eventful journey we have been on since we first did Nine Lives in May 2014. I don’t think any of us would have guessed the world looks the way it does in in November 2016.

All along the journey we have been moved and inspired by the incredible people who have supported us and shared their own stories. Stories of looking for safety, finding friends, looking for home.

We are now taking Nine Lives out on tour for what might be last time in UK (never say never). Do spread the word if you can. We’d love even more people to see it. And we’d love more than anything for you to get to know and support the fantastic work done by our friends at UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, City of Sanctuary , and Platforma.

We have been supported in this tour by the brilliant House network and to share the love a bit more we’re donating to UKLGIG the equivalent of fee for one show. We want to do what we can to support people like Ishmael in the play, who are seeking sanctuary from persecution.

So come celebrate with us at one of our shows, the good things that can happen when people connect, the difficulties that break us apart, and, yes, ‘the hope to piece it all together.’

Tues 22 Nov 7.30pm

Corn Hall, Diss

www.disscornhall.co.uk  01379 652241

 

Wed 23 Nov 8pm

Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com  01263 822347

 

Thur 24 Nov 7.30pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

www.nordenfarm.org  01628 788997

 

Fri 25 Nov 7.30pm

The Hat Factory (studio), Luton

www.thehatfactory.org  01582 878100

 

 

Wed 30 Nov 7.30pm

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon

www.phoenixarts.co.uk  01420 472664

 

Thur 1 Dec 8pm

The Stage Door, Southampton

www.thestagedoor.org.uk  02380 711818

 

Fri 2 Dec 8pm

Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport

www.bridport-arts.com  01308 424204

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Nine Lives – New Trailer

Hugely excited to be taking Nine Lives back on tour from 27th September. Have a look at the NEW TRAILER we’ve made.

 

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Nine Lives nominated – Vote for Us!

So much is going on with Leeds Studio and Nine Lives at the moment – we barely have time to write about it! (like going BACK ON TOUR from 27th September)

More news coming soon but in meantime Zodwa Nyoni’s Nine Lives is nominated for a prestigious Alfred Fagon Audience Award. There are SO MANY brilliant plays on this list that we feel like winners already but please do vote for us! We appreciate it and will send you warm thoughts and virtual hugs.

You can vote here and voting is open until 16th October.

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New Tour Dates for Nine Lives

Hello!

We are very pleased to say Nine Lives, our now critically and audience acclaimed show by Zodwa Nyoni performed by Lladel Bryant, will be touring again this Autumn, presented by House.

We kinda wish it wasn’t so but this story of a young gay asylum seeker from Zimbabwe is even more relevant than when we first started performing it, all the way back in 2014. Nine Lives combines insight, humour, and humanity to tell the real story behind the headlines.

Have a safe and peaceful summer everyone. We’ll see you in the Autumn.

NINE LIVES TOUR DATES

Tue 27 Sept 7.45pm

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London

www.stratford-circus.com  020 8279 1080

 

Wed 28 Sept 7.30pm

The Place, Bedford

www.theplacebedford.org.uk  01234 354321

 

Thur 29 Sept 7.30pm

The Old Firestation, Oxford

www.oldfirestation.org.uk  01865 263990

 

Fri 30 Sept 7.45pm

Key Theatre, Peterborough

www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk  01733 207239

 

Sat 1 Oct 7.30pm

The Cryer, Sutton

www.suttontheatres.co.uk  020 3771 9317

 

Sun 2 Oct 7.30pm

Marlborough Theatre Brighton

www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk  0800 411 8881

 

Tues 22 Nov 7.30pm

Corn Hall, Diss

www.disscornhall.co.uk  01379 652241

 

Wed 23 Nov 8pm

Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com  01263 822347

 

Thur 24 Nov 7.30pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

www.nordenfarm.org  01628 788997

 

Fri 25 Nov 7.30pm

The Hat Factory (studio), Luton

www.thehatfactory.org  01582 878100

 

Sun 27 Nov 7pm

The Observer Building, Hastings

www.observerbuildinghastings.co.uk  07813 03 55 14

 

Wed 30 Nov 7.30pm

The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon

www.phoenixarts.co.uk  01420 472664

 

Thur 1 Dec 8pm

The Stage Door, Southampton

www.thestagedoor.org.uk  02380 711818

 

Fri 2 Dec 8pm

Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport

www.bridport-arts.com  01308 424204

 

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Nine Lives goes to Paris

Our production of Nine Lives by Zodwa Nyoni, performed by Lladel Bryant will be part of the programme of the first Paris Fringe Festival. We are performing at Les Feux de la Rampe on 24th and 25th May. If you are in Paris, can get to Paris or know anyone in Paris please do come see the show!

If you are a refugee charity in France or LGBT organisation and think we can connect or support you in any way please get in touch.

 

 

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