2005 YOUNG FILMMAKER OF MANN COMPETITION
____________________________________________________________________________________________________Liz Lea: In April this award winning dancer (http://www.leadance.com) gave an outstanding performance at The Studio Theatre. Liz also conducted a week of workshops with Island schoolchildren and local dance groups, culminating in a performance by them in the Studio Theatre prior to Liz's breathtaking recital.
At the Gaiety Theatre in May Northern Broadsides Theatre Company (http://www.northern-broadsides.co.uk/) presented "Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare and "Sweet William" a play by Alan Plater.
Walk the Plank Theatre Company's on-ship performances of "Noah's Ark" delighted sell-out audiences over four nights in June. Ninety children from local schools, together with members of the Douglas Youth Club, took part in workshops and an amazing parade of animal costumes, two by two, along Strand Street and the Promenade in Douglas. (http://www.walktheplank.co.uk/wtp/index.php?section=ship)
Also in June, Bamboozle Theatre Company (http://www.gov.im/lib/news/education/bamboozletheatre.xml) spent a week working with youngsters with learning difficulties and behavioural problems, using theatre forms to stimulate, engage and challenge them. Activities included drama, puppetry, art and craft. The pupils were drawn from school special units and the event was organised in conjunction with the Department of Education's special needs and psychology service.
In July The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gave two fantastic performances in the Royal Hall at the Villa Marina under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes, with Elgar's Cello Concerto played by Raphael Wallfisch and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 played by Peter Donohoe. Local Mezzo Soprano Adrienne Murray, sang Elgar's Sea Pictures, and the audience joined with the orchestra in a rousing rendition of Rule Britannia.
"PULSE: a STOMP Odyssey", a vibrant film celebration of music, movement and culture, played at the Palace Cinema in July for a week of matinees screened free-of-charge to all. (http://www.pulsethemovie.com/)
"Wire and Wool, Life in the Women's Internment Camp" was an exciting community event that took place in July, involving a promenade play with a cast of local residents, an exhibition, talks, films, school workshops and a visit from the BBC learning bus (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/), all exploring the effect of war on the lives of the residents of Port Erin and the refugee women and children living in Rushen Camp.
Arts Council Literature Festival: As part of our annual festival, Alexei Sayle (http://www.msdivine.net/alexeisayle/alexeisayle.htm) appeared at The Studio Theatre, reading extracts from his latest book and taking audience questions. Also as part of the Festival, Matt Black, poet and Janni Howker, author, held creative writing workshops with Island schoolchildren during fortnight-long residencies.
Ramsey Lantern Parade: In conjunction with Ramsey Commissioners and the Ramsey Chamber of Trade, the final event in our 2005 calendar involved a weekend of family-oriented wicker lantern-making workshops, in preparation for the hugely successful Christmas Parade through Ramsey's main shopping street, with carol singing at its conclusion.
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