Namecheck: Wilson on Crucible stage

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Associate director Richard Wilson will take to the stage at Sheffield Theatres for the first time in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, this June.

He recently directed Love Your Soldiers in the Crucible Studio but is, of course, a seasoned actor. His many theatre credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the RSC and another Beckett, Waiting For Godot at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, although he is best known as TV’s Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave.

This one man play, directed by Polly Findlay (who previously directed A Taste of Honey here in 2012), sees Krapp sitting alone on his 69th birthday listening to a tape recording he made 30 years earlier. The production will run in the Studio from June 25 to July 19.

For a second year an exhibition of A Level work is being held as an extension of the long-running Sheffield Young Artists competition run by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale.

It will highlight the wealth of artistic talent of Sheffield youngsters, all under 18 years of age.

The centrepiece will be a display of 37 pieces of ‘A’ Level artwork which were submitted on behalf of Sheffield schools to the NADFAS/ RBA (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Scoiety and the Royal Society of British Artists) annual competition in London.

The event at Millennium Gallery from Monday to Wednesday has been designed to stimulate ideas and provide expert advice on techniques and opportunities for GCSE, AS and A level students.

Advice will be available on careers in Architecture, Art & Design, Engineering, Art Therapy, Retail Merchandising and on preparation of portfolios and gallery roles. Once again Joe Scarborough will be among a number of Artists in Residence throughout and students will be encouraged to ask for advice on techniques such as . texture and use of different materials.

1Tim Etchells, artistic director of Sheffield performance group Forced Entertainment, is the 2014 Lisbon Artist of the City biennial. Over the year the Portuguese capital will see a varied sample of his work, ranging from performances by Forced Ents to neon visual arts installations to discussions on the written word, It will involve collaborations with several international artists.

Warp Film’s ’71 directed by Yann Demange and starring Jack O’Connell (pictured), which is set in Northern Ireland but partly filmed at Park Hill flats in Sheffield, has been selected for Official Competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival next month. It was made with backing from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.

The Rude Shipyard cafe and bookshop on Abbeydale Road is putting on a mini anti-Valentine’s Festival, Cupids in Nooses, next month. Described as a free weekend of live music, poetry, comedy, competitions, real ales, cake and anti-valentines silliness for the love-sick and loved up-alike, it runs from Friday to Sunday, February 14-16.