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Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Express & Star 31.03.00 Drama, Dreams and a Didgeridoo

Magnificent, superb, successful … the adjectives are infinite to describe the impact of the literature festival in Wolverhampton's zone schools.

Compliments have been flooding into the EAZ office at Wolverhampton Science park with many head teachers pinning their hopes on a return visit from artists. Many of them grappled to sign up the renowned Zip Theatre and their inspiring actors who left pupils in awe of their drama skills.

Terry Stevens, head teacher of Bushbury Hill Junior School, said youngsters had crammed a term's work into one week. "It was absolutely superb, "he said. "The work done with the whole school was magnificent and my thanks go to Zip who made all this possible. "After hearing about the festival, I phoned up within half an hour to make sure they came here."

The successful literature festival at Bushbury Hill Junior School focused on a range of multi-cultural stories. Pupils staged a glittering performance last week. Parents were invited to view a slide show on Tuesday night after money from the Education Action Zone funded a digital camera. Members of Zip Theatre also visited Elston Hall Primary, Whitgreave infants and Westcroft special School.

Mike Spragg, head teacher of Elston Hall, said Zip injected pupils with a great team spirit. "They helped the children with all aspects of the plays in preparation for the final performances, but never took away the children's ownership of the project, "he said. Tina Morris, head teacher of Whitgreave Infant, said pupils enlarged their vocabulary and the experience would loom large in their memories.

Hold Back The Night!

AdNews 12.09.96 At the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

The opening night of this collaboration between Wolverhampton's very capable Zip Theatre and acclaimed soul supremos The Soul Survivors made for a truly inspiring evening of theatre and live music. Set against the backdrop of the mean and moody Crow's Nest Nightclub with The Soul Survivors as house band, the play follows the fortunes of Lucky - singer with the band whose finances are as tangled as his love life.

The small but talented young cast give some great performances, particularly Cathy Pemberton who doubles as bubbly cleaner Sally Lashford and Lucky's former lover Grace. Colin P. Dixon proved a confident Lucky and was in superb voice, and Denny Ffrench as hassled nightclub manager Bunny was a hit with the audience straight away for his witty delivery.

First class support came from delightful Sue Pollitt as Lucky's new love Lily, Jon Lingard-Lane as tough club owner Mr. Crowe and Dyll Ferreday as tacky young would-be stripper Lady Lash. This has plenty of tension, loads of laughs and a stack of great soul hits belted out by the tight as anything Soul Survivors - you'll love it.

And judging from the rapturous reception the first night audience gave it, so did they (the majority abandoned their seats - and their cares - to bop in the aisles during the final blistering set from The Soul Survivors). This spirited show looks destined for a seriously successful run. Hold Back The Night runs until Saturday.

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