Pioneering Theatre, Music and Community Arts
In Wolverhampton from 1980 to 2013
Zip Theatre gratefully
Matrix Standard for
Advice & Guidance
The Wolverhampton Mystery Cycle, Express and Star 02.06.2004 -
Taking the most notable stories in the Bible-
Colin Dixon's focused Jesus, Dennis Ffrench's extravagantly attired Lucifer and Lesley
From a costume and scenery point of view, there is a clear and admirable depth to
Zip's efforts for which they deserve much credit -
Zip also back this venture with their own original music. Of particular note was The Wheel Of Life which earned its singer Jackie Deane well deserved applause.
Such a shame so few people turned out to see this. Audiences should not be deterred
by the serious element of the subject matter -
Clever, funny and moving, Zip's interpretation of these Bible tales is not to be missed. A great piece of community theatre which they, and Wolverhampton on the whole, should be very proud of. The show runs until Saturday.
2: AdNews 28.6.01
Over two year's sweat and slog came to glorious fruition in Zip Theatre's Mystery Cycle production at the Civic Hall last week… and it was well worth the wait.To have managed to combine the talents of so many people of differing ages, abilities, racial groups and motivations was stunning to say the least.
The lead roles were performed with both understanding and dynamism, the music was superb, the sets magical and the whole package worthy of a much greater audience.And it was fun to see something that has, save for a few, very publicised venues, dropped from popular culture, brought scintillatingly back to life.
One can understand the Church itself wanting to discontinue "mystery" stories with
so " Old Testament" a bias, portraying a peevish God, content to destroy life to
punish disobedience. But it is important to remind ourselves that from this very
matrix Christianity was born -
But that Zip Theatre, of all bodies should perform this, must have made a number of people think very hard and remember days gone by.Days when the group was in dire straits. Days Zip would rather forget. Days when certain councillors were telling the press that money for Zip was money "down the drain". It took gritty determination to hold on to what they had and not march off, lock, stock and talent to a more deserving town..... (continues on next page)