Music, Dance and Comedy on a Friday night. Sounds like Ocean, but couldn’t have been more different.
The Trent Building Performing Arts Studio was home to a varied and entertaining evening of culture this Friday. The production team behind the upcoming production of George Orwell’s 1984 organised an impressive evening of music, spoken word, comedy, and dance from the student body and local emerging artists.
Entry to NU:Art began with complimentary wine (always a winner) and small exhibits of photography, artwork, and crafts in the cosy yet spacious atmosphere of the dimly-lit and nicely-furnished room.
Team 1984 were there to support their artists and welcome their guests, led by director Bridie Rollins and producer Martha Wilson. Credit for organising the event must also go to Sam Warren, with Joseph Heil and Will Pimblett ensuring the tech went off without a hitch, while the amiable James McAndrew acted as host.
The multi-talented Ben Hollands’ displayed his colourful artwork and played with the Nottingham Improv Society (who perform on fortnightly Tuesdays at the Bag O’ Nails).
Meanwhile, Tom Tolond showed his worth with fine examples of spoken word performance, inviting a surprised Nottingham New Theatre President to the stage for an impromptu reading.
The delightful Musicality society provided a lovely start to proceedings in lieu of their showcase in the Den next Friday, while the Indian Dance Society showed us some moves and fine student stand-up came from Ben Macpherson. However, local spoken word artist Cleo Asabre-Holt’s Richmond Park (an excellent poem about a doomed romance) was also a highlight, as was live music from stylish duo Cheshire Cat.
A great time was had by all and the proceeds will go towards the upcoming show, which is set to continue the Nottingham New Theatre’s impressive season. This event was a charming little end to the week, setting the standard for initiating more of these events and continuing links with local artists.
1984, which this event for supporting, runs at the Nottingham New Theatre Wednesday 28th November to Saturday 1st December, daily at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.