The Guardian gave Wendy Houston’s 50 Acts an unusual 4 Stars for her “…personal contribution to the voice of grumpy middle-age. From the frustrations of an unreliable memory to the aggravation of a world fogged by corporate-speak, this multidisciplinary solo show covers a gamut of reasons why a woman over 50 might be angry. Assembled out of 50 short segments of dance, text, film and music, it approaches the subject of ageing through a wonderfully economical and unexpected kaleidoscope of angles.”
A warm and intimate evening tackling ageism and other modern rubbish…
A dancer, choreographer and mentor to a generation of artists who remains committed to finding new forms to address her themes. Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour.
Wendy has worked extensively as a solo performer and in collaboration with companies and artists such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment, Nigel Charnock, performance artist Rose English and Vincent Dance Theatre.
A maverick and enduring artist, 50 ACTS sees Wendy in a spirited retaliation against ageism and other modern rubbish, small dances and big ideas, stupidity and much, much more.
This is short notice but in case any of you can make it (sent to HFC on email).
Dora Thewlis and Edith Key were prominent women in Huddersfield’s history and very important in the Suffrage movement. The ‘Mice in the Attic’ will tell their stories through a series of events and ‘mini happenings’ over the coming months.
We kick start the project this Saturday in the Packhorse Centre, Huddersfield (map), where we are inviting community singers (no experience needed) to very quickly learn and rehearse a few simple songs from that era, with familiar tunes.
Morning session: Come along at 10am to learn the songs and we’ll be singing between 11.30 and 12.30
Afternoon session: Come along at 1pm to learn the songs and we’ll be singing between 2.30 and 3.30
Or do both!
It will be a very relaxed and fun affair, you’ll need to spare no more than three hours and be up for singing in the public shopping centre. You’ll get a cup of tea and a bun to keep your energy up! If you would like to be part of the very first ‘Mice in the Attic’ event, please e mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.miceintheattic.co.uk Big groups welcome! The more voices, the better!
Pop along and watch.
As well as live singing, there will be a bit of contemporary dance set to a live violinist. If you do not wish to sing but you’d like to come and experience some performance, come to the Packhorse anytime between 11.30am – 12.30pm or 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
1) Approach to your local cafe and explain to the manager what it is.
2) Ask them if they would like to get consider participating. However, please don’t make them feel pressurised. Any business will most probably want to consider how they feel about Suspended Coffees and also may want to speak to some of their customers about it before making a decision. At the end of the day, it’s their business and livelihood and all cafes who come on board so do voluntarily.
3) Contact us to let us know if they are interested and we can get in touch with the cafe and ask if they need any further information.
4) We will add them to the list of cafes in the Huddersfield area, send them posters for their businesses to put up and also advertise them on this page and other Suspended Coffee pages/website.
Thanks a lot people for all your support and Good Luck!!
Women’s march against rape and all forms of violence against women. Take back the capital and put your feet on the streets for women on Reclaim the Night 2012. Join with thousands of women to shout a loud NO to rape and male violence against women and demand justice for survivors. Be there – for your friends, your sisters, your daughters, your colleagues, yourself; be there for all the women that can’t. See you at RTN 12. www.reclaimthenight.org
Please do support those taking industrial action in Huddersfield on Thursday:
7.30am – picket line at Huddersfield Job Centre
10am – Public Meeting at St Patrick’s Irish Centre in Hudds
12pm – Rally at Market Cross, Huddersfield
Want to go further afield? Check the UK Uncut website for details of what’s happening around Britain
Wild: women/write/speak, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe, White Lion, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge
Sun 3 July – 8pm – £3/£4 on the door
Three vibrant women writers and performers, stretching from Manchester in the west, to Bradford in the east, picking up at Todmorden in the middle, all come together at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Fringe. Emma Decent of Todmorden presents her raw, funny and vibrantly performed words – a mix of provocative poetry and performance prose. Emma has had guest poet slots all over the north west including Manchester, Huddersfield
and Preston. She was chuffed to have her first ever poetry slam win when travelling further afield last year at the famous Chicago Uptown Poetry Slam. “Thought-provoking, lasting, understated but pivotal.” Belinda O’Hooley.
Jane Steele is a Bradford-based poet whose first collection, ‘Natural Light’ was published by Currock Press in November 2010. She has been doing stand-up performance poetry in and around Yorkshire for 5 and a half years, and in 2007 was a prizewinner at the Ilkley Literature Festival for a monologue bringing Medusa to Wakefield. Her poetry makes people cry with both laughter and sadness. Well, three of her mates have cried. They told her so.
Angela Smith is well known to anyone who enjoys the Manchester live poetry scene. Impish and wry, Angela’s poetry looks at love, relationships and life with only a little help from faeries and butterflies. Her book ‘This is the Me I Would Be if I Dared’ is published by Puppywolf in June 2011, so ‘Wild’ will be one of the first opportunities to taste it.
There may even be time for a little open mic so bring something if you fancy!