Here is a selection of links from my writings for Champion Up North last year:
Rich Jevons talks to poet, novelist, musician and philosopher Penny Rimbaud. Penny co-founded the Stonehenge Free Festival with the late Wally Hope who was ‘murdered’ by the State in 1975, and here comments on this and the tragic events of the Battle of the Beanfield in 1985, a police attack on travellers on their way to commemorate the summer solstice at Stonehenge.
Rich Jevons and Amy Cockshott take a Grand Day Out to Harewood and Hebden Bridge including coffee with the Countess of Harewood at the Terrace Gallery, a meal at Nelson’s Wine Bar and an evening at Hebden Bridge Trade’s Club with DJ Andy Kershaw.
Held on May 25, Bradford Threadfest at Fuse Art Space was an immense afternoon and evening of cutting edge new music and established acts. Rich Jevons managed to chat to Champion Up North’s three top picks from the day: Dean McPhee, Female Band and Philip Jeck.
Rich Jevons talks to Soft Cell’s Marc Almond about his early days in Leeds, through to his musical travels to France and Russia.
Parallel Lives brings together solo shows by two artists, Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun, that run alongside each other at Leeds Art Gallery. Rich Jevons talks to Leeds Art Gallery Curator Sarah Brown about Moss and Cahun’s work..
Rich Jevons talks to Diane Howse, Countess of Harewood, about Henry Moore at Harewood.
Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme offered a triple bill of cutting-edge choreography that blended the physical and emotional aspects of dance into an intensely visceral and immensely enriching experience.
Still Here is a series of photographs by Lydia Goldblatt at Fuse Art Space in Bradford. Shot in the artist’s family home, the works deal with the approaching death of her father and both her parents’ aging.
Fresh from competition in Cannes where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or, Ken Loach’s political drama Jimmy’s Hall is now out on regional release. It tells the true story of James Gralton, an Irish communist activist in the 1930’s.
The Alan Bennett season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse concludes with Betty Blue Eyes, a musical comedy based on the film A Private Function for which Bennett wrote the screenplay.
The Alan Bennett season at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds continues with Untold Stories, a double-bill based on Bennett’s memoirs of the same name. It consists of Hymn, with Reece Dinsdale as Bennett, and Cocktail Sticks with John Arthur as the writer’s Dad and Marjorie Yates as Mam.
Bill Drummond is an artist who defies definition (and that’s not such a bad thing). Whether you recall his early days with Big in Japan, the Zoo Records label or The KLF and subsequent K Foundation you will always find Drummond as a subversive outsider.
The Alan Bennett Season at Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse celebrates the virtuosity of the city’s most illustrious and prolific playwright. It kicked off with an absolutely hilarious yet deeply philosophical production of Enjoy, which is aptly set in Leeds, directed by James Brining.
Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January stars Oscar Isaac as Rydal Keener, an American working in Athens as a tour guide who gets tangled up in the affairs of Chester Macfarland (Viggo Mortensen), a big-time Stateside conman come to Europe on the run from his financial victims, and his naive wife Colette (the irrepressible Kirsten Dunst).
Of Another World is a theatrical collaboration between award-winning poet and playwright Avaes Mohammad and Waxbaby Productions. It has been designed and co-directed by Caroline Astell-Burt and Kate James-Moore, and uses various forms of live animation including shadow puppetry and projection, as well as carved figures, with narrative delivered entirely in poetic verse.