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Friday, 19 September 2014
Comedian Deborah Frances-White Joins Festival Programme
Half a Can of Worms
Frances-White was adopted at ten days old - up until late October 2012 she had
no idea who or where her birth-family were.
extraordinary run of events means that she is suddenly living as a round the
clock internet Nancy Drew, finding out more information every hour about her
birth mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents and even possibly half brothers and
she is learning, is that you can't open half a can of worms.
and discover her mysterious past, inevitable future and heart-pounding present
as her story unfolds.
Saturday 11 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley
Playhouse, £6/4 This event has two 30 minute sets, with a 15 minute
Festival Steward Adrian Thompson picks his Top 5
events from the programme.
Father and Other Superheroes: Performance by Nick Makoha Last
year, around this time, I saw Nick Makoha walk into a classroom full of
disenchanted inner city fifteen year olds, and produce the most inspirational
hour I'd ever been a part of, changing some of those students lives for ever.
This is a moving and powerful performance exploring the journey from childhood
to fatherhood. It's quite unlike anything else in the programme, and definitely
worth going to. Friday 17 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse,
Pryor: A Time Traveller's Tale from Prehistory Francis Pryor's
probably best known for his appearances on TV - particularly Time Team, but he's
also a well respected academic archaeologist who's very easy to like. When he
came to the festival a few years ago, he was great, and his event this year
looks every bit as good. Looking forward to this one! Sunday 5
October, 2pm, Craiglands Hotel, £8/6
Kershaw This is my 'must see' for the Festival. Andy Kershaw -
from giving up on his politics degree to become Leeds University Ent. Sec. via.
presenting Live Aid, accidentally inventing World Music, becoming a Radio 1 DJ
then a Radio 3 DJ, to being the man who reported for the Today programme from
inside Rwanda just after the genocide in 1994 Andy has a lot of stories to tell,
and he'll bring them all to life in his own inimitable style.
Unmissable! Friday 10 October, 7.30pm, The Kings Hall,
and Mary Talbot Another unmissable couple of events. Bryan
Talbot is one of my favourite comic book artists. The wonderful, lyrical
Tale of One Bad Rat lingers long in the memory, and Alice in
Sunderland is brilliant too. He's in Ilkley doing two events, and if you're
any kind of comic fan, you should try and get to both. The Masterclass, where
he'll be talking about how he creates a graphic novel, is a 'don't miss' and his
event with his wife Mary, on their new graphic novel Sally Heathcote:
Suffragette looks brilliant too. Bryan Talbot Masterclasses:
Sunday 12 October, 1.45pm, Manor House Education Room, £15/10 Bryan and Mary
Talbot: Sunday 12 October, 4.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse, £6/4
Wire for Kisses This is a real surprise, and typical of the sort
of jewel that pops up in the programme, almost under the radar. It features two
of my favourite storytellers - Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey working with two
musicians to tell the story of World War 1 by focussing on families in a small
Lincolnshire villlage. I could listen to Hugh and Nick for hours, and the event
sounds great. Thursday 16 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse,
£10/8 Adrian will be hosting his own
Fringe event to share his experiences as a volunteer on Book
Bus, which works with children in rural schools in Zambia. All Aboard the Book Bus, Mon, 13 October, 9.15pm, Ilkley