Our dance performance on TV Africa (Sound Splash) in Ghana, 2008 with TimAfrik dance troup. We toured to various venues in Accra to perform the full show, this is a thoroughly condensed version to fit with the TV studios time slot. It was a great experience, we are hoping to go back in the not too distant future!
A GRIMSBY theatre group is settling in to its new home.
Fusion Youth Theatre is now operating from St James’ House, in Grimsby, thanks to support from Grimsby Minster.
And now the group is planning to put on a great winter show across two venues.
Emma Nicholson, artistic director of Fusion, said: “We are now in partnership with Grimsby Minister, which has enabled us to use to St James’ House.
“We are planning to stage an adaptation of the classic tale The Nutcracker, to be performed by members of all sections of our theatre group.
“The groups want to go for a Tim Burton-style performance to make it really different, but we will also be paying homage to many of the traditional aspects of the show.
“The young people can really get involved in the production process.
“Everybody’s ideas are listened to and everyone gets to have their say.”
Emma said the group is growing, which will mean bigger productions.
“We are open to anyone who is interested in singing or dancing. We cater for each age and level of experience. The younger groups get to take part in roles that carry no pressure whereas the older ones will be leading the performances,” she said.
The theatre group has taken on new dance tutor, Becky Crainie, who is a former Fusion Youth Theatre member.
Emma said: “She has lots of choreography ideas and she’s always willing to try something new.
“She is really patient and has a really good approach with all the groups.”
She praised the help and support given by Grimsby Minister.
“They have been a massive help, even down to having Lee Beckitt, the arts and events officer for the Minster, who ripped out an old kitchen in the offices so we could use the space for storage,” she said.
Lee said: “We are working together to hopefully create a cultural hub here in Grimsby and help create a more vibrant Grimsby.
“We want to invite more culture groups to come and get involved.”
Fusion Youth Theatre will be performing The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 1, followed by a performance of it at the Central Hall, in Grimsby, on Sunday, December 2.
Tickets cost £7 for adults or £4 concessions, available from the Caxton Theatre box office within Grimsby Central Library on 01472 346251, or from Grimsby Minister. Tickets for the Sunday performance are only available through the Central Hall box office on 01472 355025.
To find out more about Fusion Youth Theatre, visit www.fusionyouththeatre.co.uk or call 07884 308992.