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The Lion, The Witch and  The Wardrobe
Did you see it? Wasn't it wonderful? Weren't they brilliant?

If you didn't see this second production by the Barrow Youth Theatre Group, you really missed something quite exceptional. I thought that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would take some beating but TL,TW and TW was different. It had music and singing and some very clever stage direction.

I had forgotten how enchanting and magical this story, by C S Lewis, really is and the Youth Theatre children, with the help of Carol, Gordon and Marie brought it all to life. With the four evacuee children transported to a magical land,'Where it is always winter and never Christmas!' through the back of a wardrobe; where a White Witch rules supreme with her rabble entourage and a faun called Mr Tumnus is so frightened of her power, he is forced to lure children for her to bewitch. Eventually all of the children find themselves in Narnia. One of them, Edmund comes under the power of the White Witch with the help of Turkish Delight! The other three children rescue him with the help of the animals and the lion, Aslan.The White Witch thinks that she has won when she kills Aslan but the lion is indestructible and comes to life again and after a grim fight with the rabble the witch is killed and eternal winter vanishes from Narnia.

My description of the plot is a very simple one but I'm sure you get the idea, it's about the triumph of good over evil.The children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were played by Sam Tyler, Katie Rose,Andy Kenneth and Aimee Crossley respectively.Andy and Aimee had long speeches to learn and songs to sing which they did wonderfully well.Abi Crossley was the White Witch, she was fantastically wicked and spoke and sang excellently.The faun, Mr Tumnus was played by Alex Norris who again sang very well. Chloe North and Will Foster as Mr and Mrs Beaver were lovely and finally Lizzie Fowler's portrayal of Aslan was superb.

The main characters were ably supported by the witch's rabble, the woodland birds and animals, a wolf, Father Christmas, Professor Kirk and Mrs Macready.

However, it could not have happened without the direction of Carol and Gordon Kenneth and the musical direction by Marie Slater.Well done to all of you for your imagination, patience and expertise in coaxing and coaching these children to such a fantastic standard.These three were supported by Derek Plucknett on the piano, Keith Chaplin on the drums, Johnny Doda who did the lighting, the amazing skills of Bob Mee, Kevin Harrison and the backstage crew and a real innovation for this show that worked extremely well, the radio mikes, provided by James White from a company called Act One.

The next performance by the Youth Theatre Group will be next November, at the time of going to press the producers were still reading through potential scripts.Well done all of you, I look forward to the next production.

Ginny Willcocks

Screamingly funny, definitely unmissable

On Wednesday April 13th, Centre Stage will make its fourth visit to Barrow and provide the 'Old Rope String Band' to entertain both young and old. The event will start at 7.30pm in Humphrey Perkins Community Centre. Come early enough to visit the bar and then settle yourself in cabaret style.

The group has plenty of experience of entertaining communities and quotes from their shows include the following:'Once they were hilarious. These days they are devastating' (Glasgow Herald); 'they stole the humour prize'. they were brilliant! Manic, lunic energy and staggering musicianship'; 'their originality must be seen to be properly believed';'The mad but unbelievably funny trio took everyone by storm on Saturday night.Their unique musical crazy comedy was appreciated by a packed-out hall. It was screamingly funny'; 'I lost count of the number of times I overheard the comment 'I haven't laughed so much for ages' during the interval'.

'Well, what are they going to do?' I hear you ask. My answer:They are three strange men who play beautiful traditional music whilst indulging in hilarious antics and bizarre visual nonsense.With tunes collected from Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Sweden, and China and songs collected from their own tortured minds, these entertainers will stop at nothing in their quest to bring joy to the face of the audience. Between them, they draw music from fiddle, banjo, voice, trombone, accordion and trumpet, sometimes all six simultaneously.

The undoubted musical strengths of the band create a foundation on which they build a visual extravaganza of acrobatics, juggling and dancing. The show features clogging, music played upside down, South African wellie-boot dancing and other feats that beggar description!

You can be sure of having a really good night out. So buy your discounted tickets in advance of the show from The Paper Shop or by contacting Judith Rodgers on 01509 412063 or by email on rodgers_david@hotmail.com.They will cost 5.00 or 4.00 (concessions) unless you leave it to the night when tickets on the door will go up to 6.00 and 5.00.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

Barrow Panto Group Logo

for Barrow Panto Group and Youth Theatre

It was a big step, and a happy one, when the Panto Group decided to create a junior branch in the form of the Youth Theatre. Its first production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was an outstanding success.Then, sitting down to chew over "where next?", the two groups started to look up towards the stars.literally.They call it "blue sky thinking" in some circles! It was a discussion that asked "What if." and "If only.then we could."

To cut the story short, we decided to apply for grants so that we could put up new stage tracking that would enable us to hire professional backcloths, buy new stage flats (curtains) of our own, hire costumes and bring in the expertise of a sound technician. By December, we had achieved all these and the outcome was 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' (see the abovereview).

We collected a total of 2500 in grants: from the Charnwood Borough Council Arts Development fund, a Community Champions Award to Judith Rodgers, an Awards for All Lottery grant, a 3M award and last but not least, from B&Q's Better Neighbour Award.

Inspired by this success, the groups will probably carry on identifying further improvements that will help in the raising of production standards. BUT WHAT WE DESPARATELY NEED NOW CAN'T BE BOUGHT WITH MONEY: MORE VOLUNTEERS; PARTICULARLY TO HELP BEHIND STAGE. It is huge FUN but it is also hard work.The more people there are, both young and old, the less hard work it is and the more fun.You can't believe what a lift it gives you to be part of the team that successfully brings off a theatrical production.

Everyone is buzzing and there's a wonderful warm feeling that comes from comradeship. Although you're relieved that it came right in the end and it's all over, you can't wait to get started on the next show. So, please, give Judith (412063) or Bob (413510) or Sue (416533) or Carol (620572) a ring and tell us you wouldn't mind putting your little toe in the water.Whatever you can offer, we need you.

OPEN AIR PROMS CONCERT and GRAND FIREWORK DISPLAY

*Saturday June 11th 2005*
M ake a note of this date The Community Association are organising another very popular:

OPEN AIR PROMS CONCERT and GRAND FIREWORK DISPLAY

with the Loughborough Orchestra and Guest Soloist
- on the Beacon Field at Humphrey Perkins School


Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Jupiter etc.
Picnics from 6.00pm - concert 8.00 p.m.
Detailed information available at the beginning of April

If you require information in the mean time please contact Mike Morley 01509 412982

Religious Houses to Romantic Ruins

An exhibition which gives an insight into life in Leicestershire's monasteries, past and present, and how the buildings have been adapted to all kinds of uses through the centuries is opening at The Record Office next month.

The exhibition, entitled 'Religious Houses to Romantic Ruins', traces the story of religious communities, from the founding of the Anglo- Saxon monastery at Breedon in the north west of the county to the coming of the Cistercians of Mount St Bernard's Abbey in the 19th century.The destruction of the monastic way of life under Henry VIII's religious reformation was followed by the 'privatisation' of many of these buildings, as they came under secular ownership. Monastic buildings were converted into mansions such as Launde Abbey. Others, like Grace Dieu, transformed into 'romantic ruins' which inspired our Victorian ancestors. And some, like Leicester Abbey's site, have provided a happy hunting ground for archaeologists.

Several objects from religious houses, past and present, will be on display to accompany this exhibition, including items from Ulverscroft Priory, Leicester Abbey and the Austin Friars in Leicester, as well as objects and costume from Mount St Bernard's Abbey.

Archaeological fragments on loan from Jewry Wall Museum include medieval window glass and floor tiles with designs which influenced the Gothic movement of the 19th century.

Religious Houses to Romantic Ruins will open on Monday, 7 March, 2005 at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland in Wigston Magna. It will run until Friday 29 April. Entry to the exhibition is free, and the opening hours are Mon,Tues, Thurs 9.15-5.00;Weds 9.15-7.30; Fri 9.15-4.45 & Sat 9.15-12.15.

For further information about this exhibition, please contact: Margaret Bonney at the Record Office (0116 257 1080).