THE EDINBURGH FRINGE – AN ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

THE EDINBURGH FRINGE – AN ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

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The Edinburgh Fringe has grown in stature beyond recognition since I used to hang out there as a jobbing Actor back in the day.  It was a place to see new writers, converse with the like-minded and indeed revel in the party festivities of which there were many.

One friend I had spent time with on my first evening at one of the festival parties, saw me the following day commenting on how long it had been – years in fact since he had seen me.  Temporary memory loss from the inevitable drinking spree that was a given in those days.  We still comment on that hilarious exchange when we see each other!

The Edinburgh Festival today is far more respectable and widely attended from visitors from all over the Globe.    It still showcases new writers and shows, but is far more contained and deftly organised than in the past heady days of raw experimental theatre.

There is however a positive side to every evolution, and The Edinburgh Fringe is no exception.  Rather than rubbing shoulders with young hopefuls and drama students, if you are thinking of attending, you will be in the company of the rich and famous as well as curious corporates and the numerous visitors who want to experience new plays and entertainment.   Plus there are thousands of new shows and performances to see.

Edinburgh itself is also a joy to visit, and you will find something that will appeal to every taste, from the extraordinary architecture and surrounding landmarks like Arthur’s Seat which towers over the City, to the fabulous restaurants and bars.

There is still time to attend this year if you hurry, or you could really plan ahead and book accommodation for next year.

If you are still baffled by the concept of the Edinburgh Fringe but want to experience it for yourself, head over to their website and start with the ‘Fringe Inspiration Machine’ to see whats to see and to be ,well, inspired….
https://www.edfringe.com/experience/inspiration

check out all the latest info on the EdFringe website.

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TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL – WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL – WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

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This superb highly captivating musical is more than the chronicle of a rock star.  As we are familiarised with the life of Tina Turner (born in Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock) from her humble beginnings to her rise to fame, we are reminded of how she overcame obstacles of race, gender and abuse.

This incredible performer who seemed always to be ‘living the dream’, was in fact living a nightmare.   She was beaten both physically and mentally, with even her own Mother turning against her in her final hours, siding with the abuser who had convinced her he had changed.

The story is the most compelling portrayal of a woman who chooses to fight back, having seemingly lost everything.  Her husband had even stolen the copyright to her songs.  But with her dignity and integrity intact, and the support of a few friends and believers, sets to put the record straight, and returns to ‘centre stage’ with the victory of a lifetime.

Tina not only regains her legendary music career, but meets the love of her life, and succeeds in remaining one of the most revered female inspirations of our time.

The Musical has been several years in development, with Tina Turner herself attending the workshops in 2016 and subsequently has been involved in its progress.  She has a particular affection for the UK, who she feels never lost belief in her, and supported her when she returned to the stage as a rock star in her 40s.

“It’s really important to me to have the chance to share my full story. This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine.” — TINA TURNER

The show is now at the Aldwych Theatre

Ticket Information – https://tinathemusical.com/uk/ticket-information/
Tina Turner the Musical website – https://tinathemusical.com/uk/

Highly recommended, as it is ‘Simply the Best’.

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WHAT IS A HYBRID PIANO? – 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW – By CASIO

WHAT IS A HYBRID PIANO? – 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW – By CASIO

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In a world of modern tech, we’re quite used to the word ‘hybrid’. If something is a hybrid, it means that it’s a mixture of two different ideas, which gives improved performance over conventional designs.

So, you probably know that a Hybrid car combines petrol and electric motors for cleaner emissions. But, what’s about a hybrid piano all about?

  1. No Strings Attached. 

The keys of an acoustic piano are connected to hammers which hit strings to make the sound. A hybrid piano also has hammers but produces sound electronically. This means there are no strings to tune, and the instrument can be made smaller to fit into living spaces more easily.

  1. Hammers make the touch more authentic.

Although there are no strings, it is important to keep the hammers. It’s this moving mechanism attached to each key that pianists can feel when they play. If you remove this, as most digital pianos do, the movement of the keys is different (even though the keys themselves might look similar).

GRAND HYBRID PIANOS HAVE MOVING HAMMERS, TO MAKE THE KEY FEEL MORE AUTHENTIC WHEN PLAYING.

 

 

  1. Hybrids have real piano keys.

Most digital pianos have keys that are made of plastic, or a mixture of wood and plastic. This is not true of acoustic pianos, where the key is shaped from specially-grown Austrian Spruce. Casio’s Grand Hybrid pianos have keys made from exactly the same wood, for an authentic feel.

  1. Hybrids use the same key length as acoustic pianos.

82% of surveyed teachers said that the feel of the keys is the most important part of a piano. But, conventional digital pianos often don’t measure up in this area: their plastic keys are shorter when compared to an acoustic piano. This compromises the key movement and the instrument feels less realistic. With a hybrid piano, the key length is the same as an acoustic piano, which means the travel and bounce of each key is much closer to that of a real Grand.

HYBRID PIANOS HAVE FULL-LENGTH, WOODEN KEYS

 

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  1. You can have three different Grand piano sounds in one instrument. 

Because the sound of a hybrid piano is produced digitally, without strings, you can make the instrument produce more than one traditional piano tone. Casio’s Grand Hybrid range includes the tone of three of Europe’s most finest brands of acoustic piano, including a £115,000 C. Bechstein D282 piano.

 

GRAND HYBRID PIANOS HAVE THREE DIFFERENT GRAND PIANO TONES STORED INSIDE THEM, SUCH AS A C. BECHSTEIN D282 (RIGHT)

 

Irene Veneziano plays “Allegro de Concierto, OP. 46” by Enrique Granados on a CELVIANO Grand Hybrid GP-500BP in the beautiful gardens of Palazzo Gromo Losa in Biella (Italy).

6.  You can play them in the garden.

Ok, not permanently, but the serious point here is that a hybrid piano is more resilient than its acoustic counterpart. This means it will live happily in spaces that wouldn’t be suitable for traditional pianos, such as in direct sunlight, a conservatory or summer house, or next to a radiator.

  1. You can plug headphones in, for silent practice.

Even though hybrid pianos use a lot of acoustic piano principles for their feel, the sound is purely digital, so can still plug in headphones and get the best of both worlds: the touch of an acoustic piano with the convenience of digital sound.

To find out more about Casio’s award winning Grand Hybrid range, visit https://music.casio.co.uk/

 

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2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man, it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition,and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination it’s an area which we call…… The Twilight Zone

Mediumrare Entertainment is proud to announce The Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Edition which will include all 5 seasons of the original classic cult TV series, Created by the legendary and visionary writer Rod Serling .

Being presented in an all new lenticular packaged limited anniversary Blu-ray Box Set which will include an 80 page companion book written by Marc Scott Zicree, plus a 60 page episode guide.

Reproduction Gold Key Comics, Post Cards and new bonus disc with brand new extra features only available on the Anniversary edition.

To order the exclusive limited edition 60th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set priced at £149.99, please go to www.thetwilightzone.co.uk

(Please note the limited edition Box Set is not available from any other stockists)

The Twilight Zone Complete Collectionavailable now on DVD & Blu-ray from Amazon

‘Where is everybody’  was the very first episode of The Twilight Zone which was first broadcast on CBS network 2nd October 1959 

Synopsis:
Explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heart-breaking others,  and thought provoking the Twilight Zone was the most unique inventive and completely original concept shows in the history of Television.  Rod Serlings creation along with top writers such as Richard Matheson created a series that has been the main inspiration to TV and Film makers for over 50 years. All 156 episodes from the original classic show are collected here. 

60th Anniversary Box Set New Bonus Disc Details 

AMERICAN MASTERS PRESENTS: ROD SERLING SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL.

A biography of the late writer and producer, who wrote some of early television’s most acclaimed dramas and created the classic science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone. Serling’s own words and extensive interviews with people who knew him chronicle the history and excitement of the early days of television.

TIMELESS AS INFINITY- ENTERING THE TWILIGHT ZONE

An all new documentary exploring the history behind television’s most influential series, as well as the life of its creator, Rod Serling. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Carol Serling (Serling’s wife), Jodi Serling (Serling’s daughter), Marc Scott Zicree (author/historian), Brannon Braga (Star Trek: First Contact), Wes Craven (A Nightmare of Elm Street), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius), Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor), C. Courtney Joyner (writer), H.M. Wynant (actor), and MANY MORE! Produced and Directed by Daniel Griffith (“This Island Earth: 2 1/2 Years In The Making” & “The Flesh and The Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil). 

 DVD & Blu-ray Product information:

 

  •         Discs: 24
    ·       Cert: 12
    ·       RRP : Blu-ray £99.99 Blu-ray & DVD £79.99
  •         RRP:  Anniversary Box Set £149.99

 

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A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

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As we continue to support new and emerging creative talent, we recently met the young and supremely talented sculptor Lydia Smith.

Lydia exudes positivity – but what strikes you most is her humility, coupled with her boundless tenacity and drive – and this winning combination has resulted in her remarkable achievements.

But It has not all been plain sailing – Lydia was bullied at school, and lacked confidence; she failed many of her academic exams, battled with dyslexia and was pressured by her school to drop graphics. She also tragically lost her beloved grandfather in a road accident whilst she was at university – a trauma which shaped her future.

Lydia looks younger than her 23 years, with a warm, self-effacing manner and is an inspiring and creative force of nature.

At school, Lydia says that “art was the only thing that I was any good at” – and clearly she was right to follow her passion, achieving 100% in each of her A-levels (Art, Art Graphics and ICT). Championed by her favourite teacher, she was encouraged to take an Art Foundation Course, after which she progressed to The Wimbledon College of Art, to study Theatre and Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects.

Lydia and gremlin

Lydia immersed herself in the various disciplines on offer – including animation, fashion design, green screen and prosthetic make-up. She studied puppet making with the highly skilled Darryl Worbey, who taught her the intricate pattern-cutting method, and enjoyed a work placement with Jimmy Grimes, the puppet coordinator of the West End hit show, War Horse.

She loves theatre and film-based work – especially character creation – and was particularly drawn to sculpture. She learnt figurative sculpture (working with live models, sculpting the human form) with Allan Sly and Livia Turco – and says “this is where my obsession with figurative sculpture truly took hold”.

Her first job after graduating was as a prop maker at Pinewood Creative, where she worked on part of a yacht for the third Johnny English movie, and a giant lily pad for a Louis Vuitton advert! It was a great experience, but she really wanted to sculpt – so during her tea breaks she “would leave the studio and wander around Pinewood to see what doors were open”. She found the Art Director’s office, and bravely knocked on the door. Fortune clearly favours the bold, as he looked at her portfolio and put her in contact with his sculptor to discuss a forthcoming project. What Lydia modestly describes as “hopping round the studio bluffing my way onto these art depts” led her to several key contacts, and plenty of work.

This drive and proactivity has underpinned her substantial body of work – leading to her involvement in the remake of Tomb Raider, and joining the construction department for the final series of Game of Thrones – “the most amazing job” – where one perk was chatting to Jason Momoa!

Lydia has several plates spinning at once – she works as a freelance lecturer at her old college; she runs her own studio where she sculpts for exhibitions and commissions; and she has been on the British team at the world Snow Sculpting Championships! In April, she is off to Athens to study ‘drawing in space’ sculpture technique with Robert Bodem, the former director of the Florence Academy of Art. She frequently sculpts for the film industry – and has worked on The Voyage of Dr Dolittle, Star Wars Episode 9 and HBO’s Avenue 5. But she says “figurative sculpture is my passion” and “my personal dream is to have a public sculpture somewhere”.

Lydia’s passion is reflected not only in her vast output of work, but also in her desire to bring people along with her. How many 23-year-olds do you know who have an apprentice?! Well Lydia does – Ellie, a 16-year-old art student, whom she teaches and supports, as well as giving her work experience in the studio.

Lydia working on a sculpture with sitter

In addition, Lydia is currently setting up her own figurative sculpture school. She has a clear goal – “in my head I’ve got this image of a glass building with five or six students working in their spaces around me; I’m working on my own projects but I’m also there as a mentor for them”. Anyone familiar with the Law of Attraction will know that visualisation – having a detailed image in mind of one’s goal – is the most powerful tool with which we turn our dreams into reality. And you can bet that Lydia will be running her school in the very near future – with commissioned work, a public sculpture and a range of other projects no doubt coming her way too.

Lydia is an amazing ambassador for sculpture, and certainly one to watch. And did I mention she’s still only 23…..?

Check out Lydia’s creations on her Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/lydia_smithsculpture/

 

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Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

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ITV Studios Global Entertainment is proud to announce Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets

is now available to own on DVD

Series 6 DVD comes with limited edition exclusive Post Cards featuring Endeavour art work

Starring Shaun Evans & Roger Allam

The most famous Detectives from Oxford are back!

The acclaimed itv drama is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 6

TX- 10th February – 3rd March 2019.  It’s 1969, and things have taken a darker turn for the old Cowley team. With Endeavour (Shaun Evans), Thursday (Roger Allam) and the gang now scattered across Oxfordshire, it takes a series of brutal crimes – including the death of a young schoolgirl, a fatal act of sabotage, a deadly campaign of gossip and rumour in a picturesque village and a murder at the Bodleian Library – to reunite them. Now joined by former adversary DCI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison) and his sidekick DS Alan Jago (Richard Riddell), the gang must battle crime and corruption to finally solve their greatest challenge – the truth behind George Fancy’s death.

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 1-6

Set in Oxford during the 1960s, amid an era of revolutionary social change, Endeavour charts the early criminal casebook of a young detective who will grow to be Colin  Dexter’s immortal Inspector Morse. The fledgling career of our novice detective is in crisis when a case calls him back to Oxford and his troubled past. Working alongside the gruff yet kindly Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, who will become his friend and mentor, Endeavour’s investigation marks the start of a new chapter in the eternal city of dreaming spires. Together with the crime-solving team at Crowley Station, Endeavour contends with baffling murders and diabolical dark deeds that will test his mind and body to breaking point, while challenges and tragedies pull his life in unexpected directions. As the 1960s draw to a close, the fate of Crowley Station will see everyone forced to trial pastures new. However, despite their separation, an unsolved case still hangs over them all. Written by series creator Russell Lewis, each unique and thrilling case unravels more of the hidden and secret history that shaped the future of one of television’s greatest detectives.

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 6 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £24.99
  • Certification: 15

 Endeavour Series 6  is now available to pre-order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  Box Set 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £49.99
  • Certification: 15

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

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