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We are proud to be a small part of SHIPLEY STREET ARTS FESTIVAL 2016!

With three days (Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July) of fantastic performances from internationally-renowned street theatre companies and creative arts from the local community on the streets of Shipley, this year’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Shipley is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, in the form Scipelei – thats cooler than a Maharaja!

Nutkhut are no strangers to Shipley, the City of Bradford and West Yorkshire – we’ve been performing with artists, communities and festivals in the region since the mid 1990’s.

Shipley Street Arts Festival is a not-for-profit festival created and run by Shipley-based street theatre company, Q20 Events.

Shipley Royalty!

We are proud to be a small part of SHIPLEY STREET ARTS FESTIVAL 2016!

With three days (Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July) of fantastic performances from internationally-renowned street theatre companies and creative arts from the local community on the streets of Shipley, this year’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Shipley is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, in the form Scipelei – thats cooler than a Maharaja!

Nutkhut are no strangers to Shipley, the City of Bradford and West Yorkshire – we’ve been performing with artists, communities and festivals in the region since the mid 1990’s.

Shipley Street Arts Festival is a not-for-profit festival created and run by Shipley-based street theatre company, Q20 Events.

Fresh Air

Nutkhut is committed to collecting data in order to understand our audiences better and to invite new audiences to enage with our work – during the summer of 2016, whilst we are out in the fresh air, presenting our work across the country, catch one of our team, fill in a short survey and be in with a chance to win a brand new iPad Air!

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Dr Blighty – ‘For those who came before’ from Nutkhut on Vimeo.

Remembrance Sunday – earlier this year Dr Blighty paid its respects to soldiers of the Empire who fought in both World War’s and conflicts which followed. These soldiers and families have largely been forgottern and do not appear in our news items, in our history books and are not taught in our schools. Culture and Art brings people together and can make a small contribution to re-address our collective memory.

A Nutkhut production co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Brighton Festival, and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, QED, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

1.5 Million Indian men went to war.

2,500 awoke in a palace…

‘As part of Britain’s Centenary Anniversary of the First World War Nutkhut presented an ambitious programme of immersive performances and installations based in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden which bring the past into the present, immersing the audience in the untold history of these brave soldiers, so far from home, fighting the war of other men.’

ZEE London Mela 2016!

Against all the odds, the ZEE London Mela returned for 2016 in a new home at Wembley Park last September! It was a huge challenge for all involved to bring the usual Mela Magic to such a new and different venue, but thanks to the hard work of some amazing people and performers – WE DID IT!

If you didn’t manage to make it this year – check out the video below, and get ready for updates for what’s to come in 2017!

VACANCY – General Manager

Photo – Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty 2016

Vacancy:

General Manager – Nutkhut is seeking to appoint a General Manager for a 4 day a week post, covering the day-to-day management of the company’s work including delivery of the various projects undertaken in its repertoire.

The successful candidate’s key responsibilities will be to provide efficient administration for the company, including overseeing budgets, payments, contracts, data collection and reporting to stakeholders evaluation, support for the Artistic Directors and project coordination.

The post start date: as soon as possible.

Nutkhut creates high quality performance work both indoors and outdoors. It takes unique stories and compelling narratives and presents them in the public realm, making them accessible to a wide range of audiences. Multi faceted, mixing media, mischief, humour and spectacle, Nutkhut’s work exists to delight all those who encounter it.

Nutkhut is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England.

To apply:

Please email your CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4, setting out your experience and why you are the right person for this post to connect@nutkhut.co.uk with your name and ‘GM Application’ in the subject line of the email.

For a copy of the Job Description and Personal Specification for this post, please click here: Job Description & Person Specification.pdf

Please note the closing date for applications will be midday on 21st Dec 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 9th January 2017.

Nutkhut Tech News – 100 Year Old Camera

At Nutkhut we love it when old meets new – so when Mike Mclean pitched to us to shoot our recent production ‘Dr Blighty’ with his 100 year old Kodak No2 Camera, we couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to shoot our contemporary production. We caught up with Mike to find out more about the project…

“This project idea came when I saw a friend, Finn Hopkin, post images from the first evenings show on social media. After reading the Brighton Festival programme information and doing some further research, I decided it would be an interesting and challenging project to take photographs with a film camera that was made from the same era, circa 1918.

The Kodak No2 Folding Autographic Brownie is a beautifully made iconic Kodak folding type camera that only has two settings, aperture and shutter speed. But then again, what more do you need? Kodak made millions of these and similar cameras in the pre and post war period.

I first went down on the Friday evening and was introduced to Ajay by the official event photographer, Alex Bamford. Working at night with a folding camera with a very dim mirror viewfinder is tricky as you cannot compose the image at all, it’s just lining up the camera with a fingers crossed strategy.”

Lara Honnor

Lara trained at Birmingham School of Acting.

Having trained at the Birmingham School of Acting – Lara performed across the UK, whilst also being a leading figure in the fight against breast cancer.

This year she was proud to be in Nutkhut’s immersive production ‘Dr Blighty’ at the Brighton Festival to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the 74,000 Indian Soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of this country. Lara played one of the Brighton Lasses, a role close to her heart being a local lass herself. This was a theatre experience of a lifetime working with such a wonderful eclectic team and an incredibly humbling experience honouring those brave souls.

Lara is currently working on her first one-woman show based on a blog she wrote called ‘Get Your Tits Out!’ of her experience of the many highs and a few lows of having breast cancer back in 2014.

Lara’s favourite things are her Jack Russell terrier Edward and the word Spandex.

Her ultimate room 101 has to be those dangly fake plastic topiary balls people hang outside their front doors. “I mean… Why?!”

Bishan Mazumdar

Hailing from the Bangladesh in Chittagong region, at the age of five Bishan had an overwhelming passion for dance.

Bishan has studied dance at the famous Shilpocala Dance Academy, one of the leading academies in South East Asia where he trained in classical Indian and Bangladeshi folk dance & Contemporary dance, as well as popular western Dance like jazz and Ballet. After finishing studies Bishan came to the UK to further his education in dance.

While In the UK Bishan studied dance at Weymouth College while at the same time touring across the UK doing stage and TV shows. Bishan has been a regular performer for many of the Asian satellite channels – being broadcast across Bangla TV, Channel S, Channel I, Zee TV, NTV and also Star Plus.

Fun Fact

Bishan was tutored by Akram Khan, a global leading contemporary dance master.

Whats next?

Bishan wants to pass on his passion for Indian dance in the UK through his Bollywood dance classes. His vision is simple and deep, to promote Bollywood contemporary dance based on Indian ideologies, Dance is fun, Dance is energetic, Dance is liberating, Dance empowers, Dance means passion and love.