Dancer and former Casualty star Richard Winsor talks to us about starring in a new stage production of Saturday Night Fever, coming next year to the Grand Opera House, York. Why did you want to be part of Saturday Night Fever? John Travolta’s performance in the film Saturday Night Fever was what got me dancing as a kid. The disco scenes, his solo, his very masculine energy, it inspired me. I remembered all the incredible moments from the film and all its themes, and thought “If we get that clear
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Now, most of you will roll your eyes and boldly declare, ‘that’s apples and oranges, my strange Canadian friend. What are you getting at now?’ But you’re not six, and my kid is. And given the choice between an afternoon at Creepy Crawlies or a matinee showing of The Secret Garden at York Theatre Royal, she’d have a hard time deciding. Okay, now I’m lying. She’d take The Secret Garden in a heartbeat, mostly because she’s currently obsessed with it, but that’s only thanks to the York Theatre Royal’s production.
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Just prior to them taking over York Theatre Royal in October, we caught up with the theatrical powerhouse couple behind Northern Broadsides latest production. Hello, who are you guys? We are Conrad Nelson and Debbie McAndrew. Conrad is an actor and composer and the Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides. Debbie is an award-winning playwright and actress who you will remembers for playing Angie Freeman in Coronation Street.     Why are you coming to the York Theatre Royal? Northern Broadsides are thrilled to be returning to York Theatre Royal to co-produce
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York band
York band, Skylights, return to the city on 18th August promising a gig bursting with fresh talent and underwritten with britpop/indie rock influence. The indie rock band, who list their influences as Oasis and The Clash, are in good company at the Fibbers gig with support coming from York band Honours and Fond. The band are keen Leeds FC fans and have enjoyed a wave of support following their latest release: Yorkshire’s Republican Army, a song that caught the attention of Leeds United TV, fanzine The Square Ball, BBC Introducing
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Resident ‘Gadget Boy’ Howard takes a look at the month’s news in tech, science, and stuff that he would like people to buy him. Please. (scroll down for this month’s top gadgets)   Trump’s Space Force is go… apparently US President Donald Trump recently announced that he wished to create a wing of the armed forces charged with defending American interests in space. His Space Force (a name which probably took him several weeks to come up with) is actually gaining traction, despite not yet having been approved by congress.
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Just before taking to the York Theatre Royal stage in The Habit of Art – playing none other than York-born poet W. H. Auden – we caught up for a chat with Mathew Kelly.   What did you know about the play The Habit of Art before you were cast? I haven’t seen the play but Richard Griffiths, who was in the original production, and I were in college together. Then in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys I played Hector, the role Richard originally played. I started rehearsals for that
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Ross Noble likes to keep his fans on their toes. For more than 20 years the Geordie comedy wonder has been spinning spontaneous stand-up, regularly touring the globe and playing to packed houses.   Noble is back on the road with a brand new stand-up tour, ‘El Hablador’. You can catch it at The Grand Opera House York, 21st October.   This is your 16th UK tour, with 68 dates announced so far. After 20 years on the road, do you still enjoy travelling the country? ‘It would be hard
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The National Trust’s Treasurer’s House will be open for free for York residents with a valid York Card on Sunday 29 July. Woop! Along with free entry to the house, the popular ghost cellar tours will be half price for residents with a York Card for the day at just £2 per person. These are a popular option for those over five years of age and small groups are invited to don a hard hat and step below the building to see the spot of possibly York’s most favourite ghostly
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York Castle Museum
What would you like to put in a York Castle Museum of the future? What stories should it tell, what should you experience and how should it make you feel? York Museums Trust are inviting people to answer these questions to help shape the future of York Castle Museum. The Trust are currently working on plans to redevelop the museum to ensure it remains a must-see  place to visit for the 21st century visitor. This summer they are setting up base in York St Mary’s, Castlegate, to run a series
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The North’s only training orchestra, Vacation Chamber Orchestra (VaCO), will be welcoming the cream of the crop from across the UK’s leading  schools, conservatoires and universities for its summer residential course held in August, one of three per year. Descending on North Yorkshire, the musicians lucky to be picked for this VaCO course will be offered top notch training in repertoire, working as a team, individual coaching and mentoring and life skills and how to handle auditions and interviews from music and business professionals at the top of their game.
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