Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts
In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013
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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
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 -
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
And judging from the rapturous reception the first night audience gave it, so did
they (the majority abandoned their seats -