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From me to us? By Wayne Steven Jackson is part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s season Wild Times which is available to stream between the 10th-16th of May 2021.
As the world around us is evolving and laws change to adapt to our new ways of life. These laws incorporate lifestyles, all family dynamics and scientific developments. It’s only when we stop to take a look back that we can see how these past changes have made a huge impact on our future lives. Jackson weaves his story between the past and present to explore how these changes unbeknown to him changed his life in significantly.
On January 3rd 2019 section 54b of the surrogacy act changed, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 came into force and introduced s.54A into the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, which permitted applications for a parental order to be made by a single applicant. This law provides the axis in which the entire story revolves around.
Jackson’s performance tells the story of “Adam” who uses the law to adopt his two children from a surrogate birth. Previously this could never have taken place. In simple terms if the law had remained unchanged it would have allowed the surrogate Mother to always be the child’s legal guardian.
Introduced as an “incomplete story of fragments, past and present” alerts the audience to be prepared to listen closely to what you are about to hear. However, by the time Jackson, reaches the end I felt that section of the journey to be completed and life could continue to move forward.
From Me to Us is an extremely thought-provoking beautifully presented performance by Jackson. Which has been formulated with warmth and deep heartfelt compassion.
If you would like to catch this digital performance please check out the tour details below. I would certainly recommend taking an hour out of your time to watch Jackson’s performance and become educated in a section of surrogacy law, that I knew nothing about.
CREDITS Written and performed by Wayne Steven Jackson
Music composed by Chris Benstead Videography by Ben Horrigan for Studio 91
Media Supported by Arts Council England.
SOCIAL MEDIA#FromMeToUs #WildTimes2021
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Facebook: /batterseaartscentre LISTINGS Title: From Me To Us Artist: Wayne Steven Jackson Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, digital performance
A suffragette themed play set in World War 1. It examines political and social attitudes prevalent at the time, depicts life in London and on the Western Front (including a cameo of J B Priestley as a young man) and features an ingenious plot involving John Constable’s painting of The Cornfield!
My One Act play is now available from @Smithscripts for a fiver!
Pymble Players Theatre, Cnr of Mona Vale Rd and Bromley Ave Pymble, NSW, Australia 2075
Auditions: from 6 pm on Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd June 2021 Performance: 15 September to 9 October 2021
Auditions for our September - October 2021 production of BUILDING BLOCKS (from the writer of A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By - Bob Larbey) COVID-19 Safe Closed Auditions will be held from 6pm Tuesday 1 June and Thursday 3 June by appointment only.
6 characters of varying ages available in this hilarious comedy. Remember, registration for an audition time is essential. Click below to Download the Audition Pack for full information. DOWNLOAD AUDITION PACK
Between Friday 28 May 2021 8:00 PM and Saturday 5 June 2021 8:00 PM
This is a new edit of the script (120 minute run time) and looks at gender issues while using multi gender casting to highlight how Joan Herself perceives the world around her. This incredibly strong cast performs in a passionate production of the G. B. Shaw classic. A classic play, Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw, tells the story of Joan of Arc and her mission to lead the French army against the invading English. It's also about the self-doubt and problems she faced when succeeding where men had not. It features a gender-blind cast and puts to the front, the struggle of competent women in a world dominated by men.
Delighted to announce we have a CASTING OPPORTUNITY
We are looking for 1 highly skilled female performer for Vixen, our exciting new show based on an original story by Matt Grinter, which we'll be touring this Autumn.
This performer needs to have a high level of physical storytelling, a good level of musicality and devising skills. We are actively encouraging applications from a diverse range of actors and those that have lived experience of growing up on an estate.
We are also keen to meet those who are excited by providing high quality work in schools and non traditional settings.
Building Set and Preparing Costumes
Press Release: 3rd May 2021
Welcome to this May Edition. Another month closer to the industry opening with many venues and organisations well underway in their preparation with fewer limitations that have been in place for the last 12 months.
As part of this The New Greatest Show on Earth project offers its own support through the Setting the Stage programme which I wrote about in the March edition and produced a video as part of the April email. You can check them out a long with this month’s video on my YouTube Channel click here
Community Spirit Update
Those wishing to volunteer at the Community Spirit event who not already signed up, now is the time is take action. The online process is quick, easy and safe.
Head over to the website by clicking here, fill in the online application form, book your interview / informal chat for a day and time that is convenient to you. You don’t need to decide what you want to do on the day, the application form only asks what event, this will all part of the discussion in the interview and you will be able to look over the roles online once you’ve applied.
With COVID restrictions lifting you can either have your interview online or in person. The online booking of interviews is for one on one, but if you would prefer a group interview then let me know using the email below once you have completed the online application form and I will book all individuals in for the time slot. I do ask though that groups are kept to 3 or 4 people at one time.
- Safeguarding Policy - Volunteer Policy -
Unions, The Importance’s of
As an industry we are so lucky to have some really dedicated unions and canopy organisations that have worked tireless during the pandemic and lock downs to ensure members are represented within decision making of government and relaying information back to members. Without them I think we would be in a far worse position at this end of lock down.
So, if you are reading this, and you are not a member then sign up and get involved. Whatever you do as part of the creative industry you can find an organisation or union that will represent you, just search online for creative industry unions.
Back in February I briefly mentioned about speaking engagements talking about the project and how it can help boards, volunteers and venues. With the restrictions now lifting I will be more than happy to travel and speak in person, before my break this month I will publish a full list of topics and prices on the website.
2025 Trust Fund – For whom and Criteria
Last month I wrote about the governing of the 2025 Trust Fund, this month I want to touch on the who the fund will be open to and what kind of criteria would have to be met to access the grants.
Essentially it will be one of the first things the board will have to decide when they come together in 2023. But just to give you an idea of what the vision of the trust looks like and what you could expect. I will publish these on the website later in the year.
There are just three main areas that those applying will have to provide evidence that their projects, that it benefits the Community, that the project has a strong element inclusion of diversity and that it will benefit the long term of the creative industry. http://www.aticket2ride.co.uk/donate Click here to donate to fund.
Theatre Through the Years – World War 1
The first world war broke out in 1914 and during the 4 years theatre became paramount as the escape for those who were left at home and civilian life. Theatre was what took people away from the reality of the fighting and political disagreements.
Theatre was used to promote British views and identity. In 1916, 20 million people were able to see the harsh reality of the fighting for the first time in the film The Battle of Somme, without this kind of showings the ordinary people would not have known so much about the war.
Like with every other part of history of theatre there is always something to learn. The reality of the pandemic has been harsh and has been shown through digital media. So, it’s down the creative industry to find ways to take the minds of the ordinary people away from the reality, like I said last month, there is always something we can be doing, it just may not be what we want to do currently.
If in receiving these articles they leave you with a sense of something to get involved, whether it be part of the creation process or the publishing or even help organise local visions of the programmes like Community Spirit. Then please do send me an email offering your support, I would love to hear from you wherever you are.
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Posted on 05/04/2021
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I was wondering if this chair would be any good sorry about the photo. This would make a excellent throne. The eggs cross over and are covered in velvet. It is free . I live in Gravesend. I think it would make wonderful prop.
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I am trying to find info on a distant relative. I have a newspaper cutting saying she belonged to the West Sussex players. She played in The Queen and the Rebels, I think early 60’s, and Witness for the prosecution in 1959. Her name is Elizabeth Marriott.
Is there any kind of archive for past plays/actors and actresses in amateur dramatics? Or could you point in a direction where I might find more info, would love to know what other parts she played.
I'm afraid I don't have any information on the West Sussex Players and I don't know of any archive for actors / actresses appearing in amateur theatre. Certainly in the early 60s there wouldn't have been digital records. I have found a website http://www.westsussex.info/theatre-groups.shtml West Sussex info which contains a section on theatre groups. I couldn't see the Players listed but they may have someone on staff who might remember?
I will post your query in the #Advice section of www.dramagroups.com asking anyone who is able to help to contact you directly via your email address.
I wish you luck in your search and would be interested to hear if you are successful in tracking your relative down.
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We're located in Clarendon Park, Leicester. Create is somewhat like a tar-dis as you don't realise just how big it is until you walk inside!
With our bespoke studios, we have great working spaces for freelancers and groups to use for their creative purposes. Additionally, we have had an influx of musicians booking in with us as we offer a great music room for lessons and rehearsals in Studio 2, as well as larger choirs who rehearse in our larger studios for events.