Burngreave Messenger

Issue 27 December 2002

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All Burngreave’s Night

On 31st October, Burngreave residents turned out in droves to see two contrasting productions at St Catherine’s Hall on Burngreave Road to help raise funds for The Friends of Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery.

A packed hall enjoyed a boisterous production of Techno Prisoners (described as ‘A contemporary ultra violet fairytale’), written and directed by Patrick Amber. Techno Prisoners is a combination of dance, techno music (mixed live), narration and wildly colourful costumes and scenery telling the story of lost and found smiles, scheming cats, love and heartbreak, and finding out who matters in the end. Exciting stuff and hugely enjoyable.

After a short interval a combination of professional and amateur actors performed Stephen Spender’s interpretation of the Oedipus story directed by Daniel Poyser. In contrast with Techno Prisoners, this was a sparse affair with minimal costumes, lighting and props. The power of this performance came from the strong performances of the cast and the strength of the script and direction. The Oedipus story is well known and therefore the cast had their work cut out in unfurling the increasingly horrific tale while keeping the audience gripped. I am pleased to say they managed it in fine style.

Drinks and vegan food were provided by Skinny Vegans. So when’s the next one then? Put me down for a ticket.