Cosy Cinema Returns to Mexborough

The return of a cinema in Mexborough has been secured for the next 18 months thanks to funding from Film Hub North.
The money will mean that free films will continue to be aired once a month at the Cosy Cinema, at the Concertina Band Club on Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough.
Dominic Somers, Arts supporter for Right Up Our Street, who have been instrumental in gaining the funding said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Mexborough.
“The cinema events we have run to date have proved very popular and we are now looking forward to scheduling in a wide mix of films over the next 18 months. We are very grateful to Film Hub North for this funding.”
The Cosy Cinema is run by a core group consisting of John Beal, Andy Pickering and Paul Dyson, the group would welcome new members who have an interest in film and in making sure that the local community in Mexborough have access to a cinema.
“In addition to this funding, we’ve also been successful in gaining funding from BFI Neighbourhood Cinema, a new fund for the BFI, for audio visual equipment. This will mean that we can provide a great quality experience for all of our community visitors,” added Dominic.
“We are already planning our next films which will include The Wicker Man in a tribute to Christopher Lee and Frank, the film based on Frank Sidebottom. We welcome suggestions for other films people would like to see.” Said Dominic.

Ian Parks, Andy Pickering and Dominic Somers
Ian Parks, Andy Pickering and Dominic Somers

For more information, please visit http://rightupourstreet.org.uk/cosy-cinema.

FREE Help for Creative Businesses!

On Monday 29th June, Creative Industry Finance and Transmit Startups are hosting an event in Wakefield to help you start or grow your creative business.
Between 4pm and 8pm at Unity Works in Wakefield, WF1 1EP there will be advice on how to expand and diversify in order to become more sustainable, as well as guidance on accessing loan finance from various business advisors.
Director of Unity Works, Chris Hill will also be attending the event, in order to talk about raising funds for creative enterprises through community shares.
Depending on your needs, you can either book a session with a business advisor for some one-on-one advice, or simply hear from our speakers about the ins and outs of accessing finance for new or established creative businesses.

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4.00pm – 6.00pm Business Advice taster sessions for startups and established creative businesses
6.15pm – 8.00pm Talks, presentations from Creative Industry Finance, Transmit Startups and guests, followed by networking
If you wish to attend a business advice taster session AND the talks & presentations be sure to register for both parts of the event.

Business Advice Taster Sessions – Our Advisors
Damian Baetens (Transmit Start Ups and Creative Industry Finance)
Damian has worked within the creative industries, for 20 years and ultimately launched his own music management company which signed acts to EMI and Sony BMG. He was also a Business Support Director at an ERDF project for 3 years and has since financed and supported wider creative businesses through his work at Transmit Start Ups. His specialist knowledge is mainly the music industry, but he has also worked with content developers in other sectors such as film, games and digital, as a consultant and mentor.
Stuart Balmer (Creative Industry Finance)
Stuart has been running his own fashion label for 20 years now, so is proficient in formulating business plans, marketing plans, financial plans and cash flow forecasts relevant to all business. In particular, his advice applies to branding, range planning and production planning within the fashion industry. Stuart also trained as a designer and understands fully the nuances, idiosyncrasies and pressures of running a creative business. He now enjoys passing on this experience as a freelance businesses advisor to a growing portfolio of creative businesses.
Tracey Johnson (Creative Industry Finance)
Tracey Johnson is a creative and digital specialist with a broad knowledge and experience across the different sectors based in Yorkshire. She supports starting and growing businesses to help accelerate their success. She also co-founded MADE NORTH, a project to promote and support design and craft in the north of England.
For more information and tickets, click here.

The Untold Story of Bletchley Park comes to Doncaster

Following the recent 70th anniversary celebrations of VE Day, Idle Motion’s That Is All You Need To Know tells the story of Bletchley Park at Cast, Doncaster on Wednesday 17 June in a stunning piece of visual theatre.
Total Theatre Award nominated Idle Motion takes the audience back to the eccentric country house filled with chess champions, Oxbridge graduates and young debutantes of 1940s England; the melting pot of Britain’s greatest minds.
Among these were the visionary Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in Oscar nominated The Imitation Game), the exceptional Gordon Welchman, and the thousands of dynamic women whose work was the hidden heroism of the war.
Idle Motion are one of the countries leading visual theatre companies who tour nationally and internationally, producing highly visual theatre that places human stories at the heart of their work. Their humorous and sensitive past productions include the Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Borges and I, and The Seagull Effect exploring a couple’s crumbling relationship as Britain is hit by the unexpected 1987 storm.
During their research, Idle Motion learned about Alan Turing who, as a result of being prosecuted for his homosexuality in 1952, took his own life two years later and was recently posthumously pardoned in 2013. Fascinated by this British mathematician, cryptologist and co-author of the foundations of computer science, the Idle Motion team intended to base their next work on his life story.
Following research into Turing’s incredible work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park and visits to the site itself, the team realised that Bletchley Park was full of astounding stories and people. What stood out most remarkably was that the thousands of people who worked there, kept it all a secret throughout the most of their lives, and this was the story the company wanted to tell.
As research continued, Artistic Director, Paul Slater read Gordon Welchman’s ‘The Hut Six Story- Breaking the Enigma Codes’, which was first published in 1982 and written in the 1970s. Welchman’s book was one of the earliest memoirs of life at the park that was published after the ‘secret’ history came out in 1974. The style of writing and insights held in the memoirs, provided an ideal foundation to the wider story of the park itself and the structure of That Is All You Need To Know.
That Is All You Need to Know incorporates correspondence such as Turing’s 1952 “Yours in distress” letter to his friend, Norman Routledge shortly before pleading guilty to gross indecency and voice overs of interviews with veterans who worked there during the war from the Bletchley Park archives .
Using personal testimony and multimedia on a stage busy with filing cabinets and typewriters, That is All You Need to Know is an insightful, innovative and immersive celebration of the remarkable men and women who cracked the Enigma code. The play is a celebration of humanities ability to solve the impossible, to crack the most complex of problems, and of the extraordinary people whose quiet work changed the course of our history.
Tickets for That Is All You Need To Know on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm are £15 adults /   £13 concessions* available from Cast’s Box Office on 01302 303 959 or castindoncaster.com.
*Includes 50p per ticket booking fee, not charged if paying by cash

@BlackGrape Comes to Doncaster…

After the separation of The Happy Mondays in 1992, no one expected Shaun Ryder to make it back into the charts. But the recovering drug addict hit back with a bang in 2005 with the release of the debut album, It’s Great When Your Straight……Yeah with new band Black Grape.
In honour of the hit album’s 20th anniversary, Ryder  and the Black Grape are touring their debut album this year, and Doncaster’s Diamond Live Lounge is on their agenda.
On the evening of June 6th, you can catch them performing their surreal, funky, profane and perversely joyous album for Doncaster’s public for just £24.
For tickets and further information, please visit http://diamondlive.co.uk/gigs/black-grape/.

Doncaster College and University Centre's Arts Festival

Doncaster College and University Centre Doncaster are showcasing their young talent  across Doncaster, in multiple events this next month… and you shouldn’t miss out.

Dance Performance Practice Showcase

Year 2 Choreography / Performance
Year 2 Choreography / Performance

Over 27th, 28th and 29th May Cast will be hosting a three day exhibition full of performances and screenings, to celebrate the work of University Centre Doncaster’s final year students. The events will present work from students studying Contemporary Performance Practice, Dance Practice, Photography and Moving Image Production.
£5.50 / £3.50 concessions *includes a 50p per ticket booking fee, not charged if paying by cash
See more at: http://castindoncaster.com/whats-on/dance-event-local-talent-performance/festival-student-performances#sthash.xv43RUK4.dpuf
Games Development Exhibition

Between 18:30 and 20:00 on 2nd June, talented game designers will showcase their work produced for set briefs. Head down to High Melton Lecture Theatre and AA27 Old Hall Lecture Theatre to see what this years students have created… all for free.
Book online at http://www.don.ac.uk/artsfestival.
Fine Arts and Photography Exhibition 
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Between 2nd and 5th of June, Doncaster’s photography students will showcase their work during open days between 10am and 4pm and for private view at 6pm at the White Gallery.
Tickets are completely free and no booking is necessary.
Moving Image Exhibition
Creative Media Production (Film and TV) Level 3 Diploma
Future filmmakers and production stars will showcase their work via showreels and presentations between 5pm and 7pm on both the 4th and 5th June. Head down to Nijinsky, The Stables and see some talent, without spending a penny.
Illustration and Concept Art Exhibition 
Students from the (BA Hons) Illustration and Concept Art course showcase their work between 10am and 4pm for open days, and from 6pm for private viewing on both the 4th and 5th June.
Head down to MAH32 in High Melton campus to see these talented illustrators, free of charge.
Fashion Show