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Friday, 30 January 2015

Troupe is cutting it short to get plenty laughs in at Harrogate

Short cuts: the Reduced
Shakespeare Company
 is at it again.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company heads for Harrogate following a hugely successful and critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The masters of abridgement tackle the high brow and low brow. The Complete History of Comedy covers humour through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin on Wednesday 1 April.

The three-man comedy troupe takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. Since 1981, it has created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

Further information: www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

Project funding set to boost tourism

Robin Hood's Bay. Photo by Mike Kipling.

A North York Moors National Park project showcasing the natural, fishing, artistic and culinary heritage of villages such as Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay to attract more visitors is to benefit from £455,000 worth of financial support.

The Sea Life, See Life initiative has secured a cash injection from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Internationally-acclaimed artist treads the boards at Milton Rooms

Ian Sherwood, the Canadian folk singer voted best male artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, three years ago, performs at Malton's Milton Rooms on Friday 27 February. Further information www.themiltonrooms.com

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Gallery gets close up on romance

Scarborough Museums Trust Collections Manager Jennifer Dunne
with a double-side love token brooch from the Scarborough Collections.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.

Romance comes under the spotlight when Scarborough Art Gallery stages the first of a new series of Collections Close-ups..

The monthly close-ups will feature a themed selection of items from the Scarborough Collections, each one explained by a member of the borough's museums trust team.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

When it comes to nature's beauty, these artists give us the big picture

Robert Dutton's Moorland Forms.
Those of us fortunate enough to live in the beautiful area featured in these news columns can be forgiven for being a just a little smug.

After all, we have more abbeys, castles and quaint market towns than you can shake a stick at.

And as any self-respecting authority on UK tourism will note, it's a must-visit for its contrasting landscapes. And then there's the wildlife.

However, it is easy to become complacent, allowing this beauty to move to the recesses of our minds.

Helen Patterson's 
Clouded Yellow on Clover.
Often it falls to the artist to bring this back to our consciousness.

This is one of the aims of Yorkshire artists Robert Dutton, Helen Patterson, Jo Garlick and Steff Ottevanger whose latest exhibition points to the ever-changing mood of their surroundings and the rich wildlife that inhabits it and which combine to provide the inspiration for their work.

All Creations Great and Small is an exciting new exhibition scheduled for 16 April to 4 May at the Inspired By ... Gallery at the North York Moors Visitor Centre at Danby.

Moongazing Hare
by Steff Ottevanger.
North York Moors exhibition co-ordinator Sally Ann Smith says she's greatly excited about what will be a visually inspiring and educational celebration of the diversity of landscapes and wildlife in the region through the artists' personal responses with professional award winning paintings and sculptures.

There'll be the opportunity to watch each different artist working and sharing their skills in open demonstrations throughout the duration of the show. A meet the artists day on Saturday 18 April will allow folks to chat about the artists' work and listen to their stories and experiences.

Following the Leader by Jo Garlick.
With work on sale ranging from hand crafted and printed greetings cards, limited edition prints, sketches, small and framed work and collectable paintings and sculptures, organisers are promising visitors plenty to see.