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Play 'An August bank holiday lark'

GUEST,Black belt caterpillar wrestler 16 Mar 14 - 09:20 AM
GUEST,ragman 16 Mar 14 - 01:08 PM
SteveMansfield 16 Mar 14 - 01:30 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 16 Mar 14 - 06:20 PM
GUEST,silas 16 Mar 14 - 06:47 PM
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Subject: Play 'An August bank holiday lark'
From: GUEST,Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 09:20 AM

Had a quick look and could not find a thread about this play that I went to see in Halifax last nigh.
It concerns the beginning of WW 1 and the preparations for the Saddleworth Rushcart of 1914 as a starting point.
The actors have worked with the Saddleworth side to learn the dance steps and have obviously worked very hard to get things authentic. I hear that one of the cast is now joining Saddleworth as an active member.
The play was well worth seeing and I imagine that it will open the eyes of many ordinary members of the public to the folk traditions of the area. As you would expect the it becomes very emotional and I saw several members of the audience wiping their eyes as they left.
Go see it!


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Subject: RE: Play 'An August bank holiday lark'
From: GUEST,ragman
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 01:08 PM

Brilliant production seen at the Vic. Newcatle S-O-T. Would recommend it to anyone. Thoroughly entertaining and emotional. Puts many a morris side to shame with the fantastic dancing skills.


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Subject: RE: Play 'An August bank holiday lark'
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 01:30 PM

The play is the latest production by Northern Broadsides, who have a long & excellent tradition of including elements of folk song and dance in their productions - their clog-dancing witches in Macbeth were a particular highlight ( and made sense in context).


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Subject: RE: Play 'An August bank holiday lark'
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 06:20 PM

Yes, I was at Newcastle New Vic on the last night, when the audience gave them a standing ovation! And it wasn't until I got home and read the programme, that I found out that Mike Waterson had written the Rushcarters song.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Play 'An August bank holiday lark'
From: GUEST,silas
Date: 16 Mar 14 - 06:47 PM

If you get the chance just go and see it. It is truly wonderful.


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