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Much-loved comedian comes to Aber Arts Centre

THE WAIT is over - the hilarious,

much-loved comedian Sarah Millican is coming to Aberystwyth Arts Centre this Wednesday (Sept 7) to perform. Millican is an English comedian,

who won the ‘if.comedy’ award for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In February 2013, she was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’. She has appeared as a panellist on

‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Would I Lie to You?’, ‘QI’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, and as a performer at the ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2008’ and on ‘4 Stands Up’. Sarah provided vocal work to

the BBC’s natural history footage for ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, alongside fellow comics Rhod Gilbert, Jon Richardson, Isy Suttie and Gavin

Webster. She appeared on ‘Live at the Apollo’ on 11 December, 2009, and headlined ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, recorded at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland on 15 August, 2010. Also in 2011, Millican became

a panellist on the ITV programme ‘Marriage Ref’ and joined the panel on ITV daytime chat show ‘Loose Women’, leaving the series in August. She was also a guest on several other panel and chat shows. A live DVD of her ‘Chatterbox’

tour was released in November 2011 by Channel 4. The ‘Chatterbox’ DVD went on to break an all-time record in sales for a female stand-up comedian, selling 172,000 copies in just over one month. In May 2015, it was announced

that Millican would be made the eighth ‘curator’ of ‘The Museum of Curiosity’, co-presenting the eighth series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series.

BAFTA winner hosts song-writing class ‘FOOTLOOSE, THE MUSICAL’ Rhian Boyt

55 Entertainment Footloose musical wows Aber audiences

has successfully got everyone on their feet to sing ‘everybody cut loose’ throughout their UK tour, especially when it made itself at home on the Aberystwyth Arts Centre stage from August 10 until August 27. The explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll

Footloose the Musical was performed consistently in front of a crowded room filled with excited audiences, which added to the 80s atmosphere. But once the lights dimmed and the music began, there was not a foot in the room that was left untapped. Lasting two hours and 30 minutes,

with a 20 minute interval break, the four-time Tony Award nominee musical has received an outstanding response while on tour around the UK and is most definitely suitable to satisfy people of all ages and fans of the original 1984 film. Adapted for the stage by Dean

Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, the musical is produced by David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree for ‘Sell A Door’ Theatre Company and Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment. It is also presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. Based on one of the classic films of

the 80s, Footloose the Musical tells the story of Chicago boy Ren McCormack, who moves with his mother to rural Bomont in West Virginia where dancing is banned. As he struggles to fit in, he befriends Willard Hewitt and takers a shine to the Reverend’s daughter, Ariel. All hell breaks out as Ren starts to

The Flying Pickets: Ric Lloyd’s first successful project

RIC LLOYD will be hosting song-writing workshops at Oriel Flodau in Aberystwyth over the next fortnight. This Saturday (Sept 3) and the

following Saturday (Sept 10) between 10am and 4pm, the chart-topper and BAFTA winner will be helping the people of Ceredigion develop their song-writing skills. Heading for the charts or singing

in the bath? Whichever one sounds more like you, this practical course is designed to develop your song-writing skills.

Led by Ric Lloyd, the course will

introduce techniques that will help develop both melody writing and lyrics. Many courses tend to cover lyric writing alone, but Rick Lloyd’s workshop will look at both aspects. Ric Lloyd is a British composer

and musical director best known as a member of the original Flying Pickets, who had a Christmas number 1 hit in 1983 with a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Only You’.

Although the Flying Pickets are

known for making a cappella covers of other people’s songs, there are some original songs on their 1984 ‘Lost Boys’ album that were written by Ric

Lloyd, including the track ‘Wide Boy’. He composed ‘Dives in Omnia’ for

the 1987 Channel 4 series ‘Porterhouse Blue’, starring David Jason, which led to him becoming the joint winner of the 1987 BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Original TV Music’. He also composed the music for John Burrows’ ‘Viva Espana’, which won ‘Best Musical’ at the 1993 London Fringe Awards. Ric Lloyd was musical director for

the 1999 film ‘Julie and the Cadillacs’, as well as for recent tours of ‘Grease’, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Hair’. The musician is currently based in

Wales where, as well as composing, recording and performing with his own bands - The Hornettes, The Boogilators and the Ric Lloyd Trio - he teaches courses in songs and songwriting. Whether you are a beginner or are

already writing your own material, you will learn tricks and tips that will help you develop your skills and the class will be covering all styles. Participants may bring acoustic

instruments, though you certainly don’t have to be a singer or instrumentalist to benefit from the course, which stresses writing not performance.

protest against the dancing ban but soon has the whole town up on its feet. The show is one of the greatest

productions of its time, with Director Racky Plews and the rest of the show’s crew at ‘Sell a Door’ completely replicating the classic film with such professionalism and entertainment. From the start all the way to the very end, the musical is packed with non-stop

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entertainment and is one of the highest quality productions around. With such a fantastic set design, realistic props, costumes to die for and a humourous script, the production packs in many classic 80s hits from the film including ‘Holding Out for a Hero’, ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’, ‘Almost Paradise’ and the unforgettable title track ‘Footloose’. There is no doubt that what makes

the musical even more spectacular is the tremendously talented cast who show passion in each of their performances and completely dominate the stage in their own ways. Firstly, there are three names that

everyone will be familiar with. Maureen Nolan (who plays Vi Moore/Principal Clarke), Gareth Gates and Lee Brennan (who both play Willard). Seeing both Gates and Brennan perform is a joy to watch as they portray the same character in the most appealing way possible. Nolan brings her professionalism and unique presence to the stage alongside the actors and together, they light up the stage as they put their famous voices to

good use. The other equally talented cast

members include Luke Baker (Ren McCormack), Hannah Price (Ariel Moore), Miracle Chance (Urleen), Natasha Brown (Wendy-Jo), Joanna Sawyer (Rusty), Nigel Lister (Reverend Shaw Moore), Nicky Swift (Ethel McCormack), Matthew Tomlinson (Chuck), Alex Marshall (Wes Warnicker), Thomas Cotran (Jeter), Scott Haining (Bickle/Cowboy Bob), Natalie Morton- Graham (Eleanor/Onstage Swing), Lauren Storer (Cowgirl/Onstage Swing) and Luke Thornton (Gavin/Onstage Swing). It is safe to say that together, all of

the actors put on a memorable production and have created a wonderful memory for their audiences. By getting every single individual

up on their feet by the end of the show, it is very clear that all of their hard work is paying off throughout the UK tour, which will conclude on October 22 at Milton Keynes Theatre. All in all, a magical production that

will leave you singing the songs for hours and will get you in the mood to watch the famous film over and over again!

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