July looks set to be a scorcher here in Doncaster. Here’s our very own Emma Gullon to keep you in the loop with all the cutural happenings.

THEATRE

CAST promises a Summer line up of variety and entertainment. The amazing Fat Rascal Theatre are bringing back the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit musical comedy  Vulvarine (10th July) while Sheffield writer/ actor Stacy Sampson (Jennifer in the This is England series) brings We Are Giants – a show specially created for CAST inspired by the ideas of the CAST Youth Groups.

What makes CAST so unique is that they provide something for everyone. The Dementia Friendly Cinema experiences offer a safe, fun environment for the audience and their carers. They will be showing everything from High Society (5th July) to The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (19th September). They are also hosting a Dementia Friendly Play Reading Club (12th March – 19th July). With both of these events the carers go for FREE. 

Over at The Doncaster Little Theatre local writer Will Tollerfield and director Jade Lee – Saxelby present their brand new comedy – thriller FEET, FIRST CLASS (4th & 5th July 14+). The Doncaster Little Theatre are also presenting previews of Dangerously Dark and Somewhat Spectacular (22nd & 29th July) before it heads out to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

VISUAL ARTS

The New Fringe is a collective of up and coming artists in the Doncaster community. The aim is to develop and stimulate creative minds and help them to develop professionally with their craft. £5 per membership.

The Point (DARTS) have the family fun exhibition Scribble, Doodle and Draw (9th March – 20th July) With characters to meet and stories to follow, this giant comic strip is the perfect way to lose yourself in an imaginary world.

Doncaster artist Ian Latham has a pop up studio of his ACE funded project on sculpture mixed with VR/AR on Scot Lane. This exhibition is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

Cusworth Hall Museum and Park have the permanent exhibition Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses – a look at how country estates became military hospitals during the First World War, and how life changed for the families and those below the stairs long after the war ended.

MUSIC

Doncaster Youth Jazz Association is the perfect way for the younger generation to expand their passion for music, backed by  strong reinforcements in areas such as sight reading, rhythmic understanding, intonation, balance, blend and leadership through part independence. 

Click HERE to join up today. 

Doncaster’s Quirky Choir host term time rehearsals at Darts (The Point) every Wednesday evening 6.45pm -8.45pm. No experience required, just a love for singing! £4 per person.

Doncaster Rock Choir is hosted every Monday night at 8pm the Nostell Place, Bessacarr. No need to have had any training – just come on down and have a sing along to classic songs like ‘Don’t Stop Believing‘ and ‘Footloose’. £25 per membership.

The Point has the new monthly workshop In The Moment (2nd & 4th of each month) – a dementia friendly workshop focusing on making music and storytelling.

This July also sees the return of Conisborough Music Festival (6th July) , including performances from  Stafford Galli, Soul Attitude and Spraggy and The Second Chapter.


WRITING AND POETRY

Helm is a co-working office space where a community of creatives meet, work and collaborate together to help businesses, running workshops on the last Tuesday of the month.

Hive Young Writers Group gives 14 -19 a great weekly meet up to show their work with a supportive young team as well as make new friends. There’s also a Saturday poetry group for 16 -25 year olds.

DONCOPOLITAN HAPPENINGS

I will be back with Creativity & Commerce this July. This time we will be focusing on Doncopolitan Crawl and it will be hosted from our headquarters.

Regular Donco artist Al Heighton is hosting a workshop with us, Think Of An Animal! (17th July). Be sure to ‘think of an animal’ you would like to draw BEFORE you come to the event! No experience required. 

Doncopolitan Crawl is back on 23rd July. Get ready for an alternative evening of Donny culture, discovering new venues and meeting new people. The event’s aim is to reconnect the community to the town, and will take place across various shops, cafes and art venues.

We also have the weekly Mama Wheatley’s Craft Club  every Monday from 6.30pm – 8.30pm who are currently working on Doncaster’s biggest yarn Bomb. Contact their facebook page to get in touch.

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