Namecheck: We want some more

Ben Richards in The Bill
Ben Richards in The Bill

Taking on the role of the villainous Bill Sikes in Sheffield Theatres’ production of Oliver! at the Crucible Theatre this Christmas will be Ben Richards (pictured). The actor is well known to television audiences as a series regular in The Bill (pictured), Holby City and Footballers’ Wives, and in the theatre he has toured in the musical 9 to 5 and also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Guys and Dolls in the West End.

Directed by artistic director Daniel Evans, Oliver! runs from Friday, November 29, to Saturday, January 25, at the Crucible.

Sculptor Vivien Whitaker, whose studio is at Barlow in the Peak District, has her first retrospective in the first gallery she ever visited, Towneley Art Gallery, Burnley, called appropriately Source of Inspiration. The opening on September 14. will feature new compositions played on the alabaster lithopone she has created and experimental dust montages.

She’s a girl who’s looking for a millionaire husband...and a great choreographer to show her all the right moves!

Woodseats Music Theatre Company have chosen musical favourite Thoroughly Modern Millie as their next production.

But before the show can go on, the company needs an expert choreographer to put heroine Millie and her musical co-stars through their paces.

“Woodseats Musical Theatre Company is an established theatre group with a reputation for friendliness and putting on first class shows,” said spokesman Mary Newey.

“But for our new show we need a choreographer who has great ideas and is not afraid to use them, a choreographer who is willing to use good dancers and maybe some not so good dancers equally and make their routines into something memorable.”

Thoroughly Modern Millie, the story of a social climbing 1920s New York secretary and her quest for a rich husband, runs at Dronfield Civic Theatre from June 18 to 21 2014.

“We want somebody who is inventive and adventurous and who is organised and a team player!” said Mary.

Anybody interested should contact Mary on 07855423670 or email:

Sheffield’s Marcia Layne (pictured) is one of three writers being featured as West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds serves up a new experience for theatre-goers this Autumn. A Play, A Pie and A Pint invites audiences to watch a performance of an original play while enjoying a bite to eat and a drink.

Bag Lady, being performed from October 29 to November 2, is a monologue by what appears to be the epitomy of the homeless bag lady, but as she rants and raves layers are peeled away and it becomes apparent that not only is it ok to be angry, sometimes it’s essential for survival.

Before then it will be performed at The Hubs at Sheffield Hallam University on October 25 during the Off the Shelf festival.

Artist Olivia Punnett, based at Yorkshire Artspace’s SOAR Works at Parson Cross is creating a site specific installation l as part of this year’s Wirksworth Festival from September 6-22.

Light Lapse will track the light trajectory across Greenhill highlighting its shadows and reflections to provide a view of the steep narrow road at its most dramatic.

This site-specific installation glimpses the passing of time here by marking on the shadow and light reflections on the hill itself.