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"I am a Barbeque"

The biggest challenge about directing a community opera of this nature is the vast age range and volume of performers.  To paint the picture for you here are the groups that make up the cast… Bay Primary School: The whole school (300 children aged 4 to 11) h...

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Michael Druiett on how to become a god

“Wotan- that’s quite a role…” was what somebody said to me the other day. "How do you go about learning that?” Good question! The composer Wagner’s Ring cycle has got to be one of the pinnacles of western culture and a truly incredi...

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg), Jacques Demy's 1964 film starring Catherine Deneuve is showing in the Howard Assembly Room tonight at 7.30pm (Friday 8 April). Have a look at this trailer to see why the film is considered to be one of the most romantic...

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From Conception to Cradle

In a time when ‘One Born Every Minute’ on Channel 4 television draws viewing figures of over 800,000 per episode, birth obviously retains its eternal fascination, in all its medical detail, joy and sleepless nights. Although everyone on earth has been through it, perhaps birth...

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