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'A Lady of Letters' followed by 'Bed Among the Lentils' - both written by Alan Bennett and performed by Deborah Kelly of the Library Touring Theatre Company in a special live theatre production to raise funds on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support for the Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Support Centre at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 ground-breaking monologues. Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting the series of ‘Talking Heads’ is widely regarded as a modern classic.
A Lady of Letters
Miss Ruddock’s civil liberties are dear to her, and writing letters is how she likes to assert those rights. One of these missives pushes her to the brink, with unexpected, but liberating consequences.
Bed Among the Lentils
Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shopkeeper, distracts herself from her ambitious and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners, by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God in the process.
Incorporating dramatic stills and video clips, local man Alan Hinkes illuminates his extreme exploits on the highest Himalaya mountains. Alan is one of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have summited all the world's highest mountains - the same number of people who have stood on the moon.
Alan's talk is poignant, humorous, inspiring and entertaining. He also illustrates his passion for the hills of Britain, rock climbing and tramping the fells, ice climbing and his plans for the future. An evening not to be missed.
About Alan Hinkes OBE
Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world's highest mountains, the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet and many have perished attempting the challenge.
Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School. He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.
He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits. He is also an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book '8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains' won the TGO Awards 'Outdoor Book of the Year'.
Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Teesside University, and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work including, Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.
Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking. You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.
In the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War,' Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield.
The show covers an incredibly successful decade for Dusty featuring the songs ‘I Only Want to be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, ‘I Just Don’t Know What to do With Myself’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’.
The ever-graceful Shades of the 60s take you on a journey through the artists and writers who worked with Dusty over a career spanning 3 decades; including hits by Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and performing popular songs such as ‘Natural Woman’ and ‘Downtown’.
Supported by the glamorous Shades, the soulful Dusty Springfield is honoured and her personality brought back to the stage in a great night out that takes you back to the era of peroxide blonde bouffant hair.
Celebrate the 60s in style, relive memories and create new ones with this unforgettable evening of Dusty and The Shades of the 60s.
Another fantastic FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FORUM...
Karen Carpenter and Country Legends is a tribute show of two halves. In the first half, Tanya Taylor pays tribute to the irreplaceable talent of Karen Carpenter singing many of the Carpenters' greatest hits with her uncanny vocal resemblance, identical tracks and full costume.
In the second half of the show, 'Country Legends' Tanya sings a whole range of country classics made famous by some of the biggest names in country music.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, SO NO NEED TO BOOK - JUST COME ALONG AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS!
The Forum is holding its own Macmillan coffee morning in partnership with Scones R U. Join us from 10am for a coffee and home- baked scone, with all proceeds going to Macmillan. We'll be serving coffee and scones until approximately 12 noon.
About Macmillan coffee mornings...
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. We ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone we raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year.
We understand how cancer can affect people’s whole lives – health, money, family, job; everything. And, after more than 100 years of caring, we understand that the most important thing is to treat people as individuals, not patients.
So we take the time to understand the support people need to live their lives as fully as they can. From the moment of diagnosis and whenever we’re most needed, we’re here to help people find their best way through. Our help is totally focused on each individual person, so everyone receives the support that’s best for them.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
Broadcast live from London’s West End, this new production stars Ian McKellen in an ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a king, the other his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Robin Ince's Chaos of Delight
The co-star of the Rose D'Or award winning 'The Infinite Monkey Cage and author of How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Professor Brian Cox is back on the road with an artist's manifesto of delight and curiosity.
Robin Ince mashes up the two cultures of art and science in this celebration of the human mind from Bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA, another of his stand up sort of lectures.
‘The Ince brain is like a black hole in a galaxy of knowledge. When it collides with another black hole – say the Fringe – the energy waves that are produced are perceived, by us, as “shows”. **** The Scotsman
LIVE STREAMED PERFORMANCE.
Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.
Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide.
The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.
Enjoy an evening of live music with the fabulous Northallerton Silver Band when they perform their annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert, featuring a Last Night of the Prom’s audience sing-a-long to traditional and patriotic music, as seen on TV.
SUGGS: A Life in the Realm of Madness…
Due to huge popular demand after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tour, ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show.
If the first show was about how on earth he got there, ‘Suggs: A Life in the Realm of Madness…’ is about the surprises that awaited him when he did.
Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace ... nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics ... the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury - things have certainly gone a 'smidge' surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.
Constantly expecting an inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘What are you doing here, sunshine?’ Suggs ponders on how he has come this far. In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?
Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times.
With help from Deano, his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more 'what he wrote all on himself'.
Recognised as the Number 1 'Take That' tribute act in the world, Rule The World appeared alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and the REAL Take That on ‘The Graham Norton Show’. Hearing Dan Maines speak, a stunned Gary Barlow exclaimed “He sounds like me!” before going on to praise the band saying “These guys are good!”. Come along and judge for yourself just how good they are!
‘Rule The World’ have also been featured on ITV1′s ‘Daybreak’ and have had rave reviews from many people including TV personality Ricky Tomlinson, Denise Van Outen, Jason Orange’s mother and Gary Barlow himself who tweeted the band to say he thought they are “brilliant”.
The band have performed at many prestigious events around the world including a private party for ‘Coldplay' and their management team featuring many celebrity guests. They have also performed with the cast of ITV1’s ‘Emmerdale’ and have been very fortunate to travel the world playing large outdoor festivals in Barcelona, Germany, Austria, Ireland and elsewhere. They have performed as a headline act on Royal Carribbean cruise ships and regularly perform at Butlins Holiday Parks as well as at national theatres throughout the UK.
The show is an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert and features all the biggest hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Back For Good’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Everything Changes’, ‘Shine’, ‘Pray’ and many more.
Based on the book by Ian McEwan, Emma Thompson stars in this film about an eminent High Court judge, Fiona Maye, who is struggling with a floundering marriage and faced with a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
Tara is a housewife in suburban London who's raising two young children while married to an overworked, self-absorbed husband. In desperate need of a change, Tara makes the bold decision to leave everything behind and buy a one-way ticket to Paris. Her newfound freedom and journey of self-discovery soon give way to the realization that walking out on life isn't as simple as one imagined.
Starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper.
LIVE STREAMED EVENT
Oscar Wilde's classic and much loved comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is brought to The Forum screen in this new production broadcast live from the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.
Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.
Join us for our latest dementia-friendly screening, a special screening of a classic film accessible to all including dementia-sufferers. We'll be keeping the lights on low and adjusting the sound to suit the audience. There'll be an interval halfway through where we will be serving complimentary teas and coffees and cake and biscuits.
Please note, there is no admission charge for carers.
About the film...
Starring Deborah Kerr as a widowed Welsh mother who becomes governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner). Anna and the king face a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette.
Acclaimed actress Annette Bening stars alongside Saoirse Ronan in this film based on the play by Russian playwright, Anton Chekov.
An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighbouring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina in much the same way as the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.