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Theatre // The Hospital Players present A Sting in the Tale

The Hospital Players present A Sting in the Tale

A thrilling comedy by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner
Directed By Jan Gregory
 
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th January 2015,
7.30pm at The Plowright Theatre
Scunthorpe-based amateur dramatics group The Hospital Players are preparing to thrill and amuse audiences in their next production at the town’s Plowright Theatre.

‘A Sting in the Tale’ opens on two once successful crime-writing playwrights, Nigel Forbes and Max Goodman, endeavouring to complete a block buster to pay off their mounting debts – or are they fulfilling their full potential by plotting the perfect murder?

Ann, Nigel’s nagging wife, is the ideal victim – especially as she is heavily insured. It all seems plausible but there are plenty of twists and turns in store, not least the arrival on the scene of the stage-struck Detective Inspector Berry…unnamed

Publicity Officer Rachael Elliott says: “‘A Sting in the Tale’ combines mystery, tension and wonderfully witty dialogue. The cast are enjoying developing layered performances, and as always we have a skilled back stage crew on hand to create the right atmosphere on stage.” The cast consists of Jake West, Graham Wells, Rachael Elliott, Melanie Mason and – making a guest appearance for The Hospital Players – Andy Jackson.

Rachael continues: “We are very pleased to welcome Andy Jackson to the cast. Andy has a great deal of experience and will be a familiar face to Scunthorpe theatre audiences following his performances with local groups Wilton Productions and Scunthorpe Little Theatre Company.”

The play is directed by The Hospital Players’ chairperson, Jan Gregory. Jan says, “I love a story with twists and turns, and little surprises along the way. This play fits the bill perfectly.”

Tickets for ‘A Sting in the Tale’ are £10 each but you can take advantage of our Buy One Get One Free offer until 12th January 2015. Go to www.thehospitalplayers.co.uk to order tickets online, or join our mailing list to order by post. Details of our mailing list can be found on our flyers, located at the theatre and local libraries.

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE TICKETS ON SALE NOW: www.thehospitalplayers.co.uk


SEE SCUNTHORPE NIGHTS PREVIOUS HOSPITAL PLAYERS SHOW REVIEWS HERE

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Live Music Review // Hackney Colliery Band

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I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. On Saturday 22nd November I went to see The Hackney Colliery Band perform at Cafe INDIEpendent. Now if you have never heard of them they are, well they’re something else, a reinvention of the brass band. A brass band you can dance to.  And I don’t mean dance like old folks waltzing by the bandstand in the park I mean proper, arm-waving, foot-jiving, hair all over the place kind of dancing. The support act were the very talented local band Ramble Gamble, soon to play the Great British Folk Festival. They did a full set of originals (the first time I’ve seen them do this) and they owned it. There was a very loud call for an encore (deservedly so) but they gracefully declined in deference to the act they were supporting. I overheard one person exclaim while they were performing “These are brilliant!”. From the opener Beneath The Water which stands up to any good Decemberists tale, to the raw intensity of Nobody’s Who You Think They Are, the dark irish sounding pound of Tennessee Jack and the sentimentally catchy All I Ever Wanted to name a few. These guys (and girl) have a powerful mix of original songs and I think they’ll do alright. So anyway. The Gamblers finish up, the lights go on everyone wanders back upstairs. “What time are the main act on?” “Dunno” Bit of chat. Sip of the drinks. More chat. The sound of a Trumpet from somewhere. This is how it begins. The trumpet is followed by another and then a trombone, another, a sax. A procession is coming out of the dressing room each joining in playing as they appear. What is that beast that guys playing! Its so big the pipes circle his body and the giant horn part is above his head. Is it a Tuba? I have no idea. And then some drummers. They come up to the cafe, circle, playing all the while and with a pointed finger at the stage beckon us all to come back down and watch. So we do. And they’re just awesome. They’re not dressed up, just a bunch of guys, jeans and t-shirts but their playing isn’t casual, its packed full of energy and talent. Their own compositions are modern and vital. I think their latest release is called A Bit Of Common Decency (check it out see link). Their covers are well chosen and enjoyably diverse. There’s some Kanye, some Adele, and The Prodigy, yeah Outer Space played by a brass band amazing! This is looking like another plaudit for Cafe Indie, who’s list of great gigs is just getting longer and longer. There are ensembles, solos and jazzy parts, some trance sounds played on a tablet, the snare drummer losing his mind (in a good way). They do No Diggety, folks are all jumping around. Each musician has a little bit of their own to play. And you know that beast I mentioned, it was a sousaphone, it was the thrumming bass line throughout, have you ever heard a sousaphone solo? You haven’t lived until you have. They finished up and of course they got an encore. It was heralded by a trumpeter who had snuck to the back and jumped on a chair. They all came back on and brought the house down. And then they’re off the stage into the crowd playing Toto’s Africa. And they’re leading us back upstairs to the cafe. This is definietely one of the coolest gigs I’ve been to I reckon, I would highly recommend you go see them.  And thats where it comes to a glorious end, all of us mixing together playing and clapping and dancing back where we all started. I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. Nick

AlterEgo//Only 4 Golden Tickets Left

Only 4 Golden Tickets Left- next draw 17/11/2014

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This will be the ONLY competition and give away for our event this year in collaboration with SMB Management & Promotion.

These are the ONLY tickets being released no more have been printed and there are only 5 of them available to win!  The rest of the admission on the night will be £3 Pay On The door from 7pm.  Read more about the event here!

We have already received over 30 entries in the past week via our different platforms and between ourselves & SMB. All winners are picked using the name randomiser so it is fair. Entering Via Facebook & twitter will get your name entered twice.

The capacity for basement gigs at Cafe INDIEpendent isn’t much in comparison to other venues in town, so if you want guaranteed entry you may have to be there for doors.


WHAT DOES THE GOLDEN TICKET GET YOU?

The ticket allows ONE person FREE admission to the gig.

It also means if there is a queue you are guaranteed entry before 8pm & queue jump for you and your friends.


HOW DO YOU ENTER TO WIN A GOLDEN TICKET?

FACEBOOK PAGE:

  1. Look for the competition post featuring the photo of the golden tickets and competition info. It is a pinned top post on www.facebook.com/wearescunnynights
  2. Comment our competition post saying whatever you like but including #AlterEgo then share our post you have just commented on.

TWEET ENTRY:

  1. Re tweet the competition tweet

ENTER Via these links:

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SCUNTHORPE NIGHTS TWITTER

SMB MANAGEMENT TWITTER

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Food Review// Wortley House Hotel Sunday Carvery

Eating out locally is something we like to do. We try to eat out at least once every other week and so we thought we may as well tell you about it.

We were kindly invited to try out the Sunday carvery at the Wortley House Hotel. Maybe not somewhere you would even think to go for your Sunday dinner?

The meal is very good value as you can see below £7 for a quality Sunday roast.

On arrival to the hotel you feel a very warm welcome. Once directed to the dinning room we kicked off with a starter, garlic mushrooms, which were very tasty chopped up in a thick and creamy garlic sauce and a slice of Bruschetta. The second starter we picked was the broccoli and cauliflower cheese home-made soup which was a nice consistency and moreish. Throughout the meal familiar music was quietly being played in the background, which we quite liked, rather than silence and the sound of cutlery clinking.

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For the main course there was a choice of beef, turkey or steak pie. We went for turkey and beef. Both very tender and tasty. The beef melted in the mouth and was not tough in the slightest so there was no saw work involved or vegetables flying off my plate. Same goes for the turkey nice and moist.

The vegetables were freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. Sometimes at other carvery’s we have been to the veg can seem a little limp, too hard or too soft but this was just right. As there’s nothing worse than helping yourself to veg that has been sat in a kitchen then hosting trolley for hours on end under a light. The carrots were very sweet and neatly sliced into sticks rather than chopped.

Good quality cuts of meat were used and the carvery overall was lovely. We will definitely be visiting again when we don’t fancy cooking and washing up.

The staff were all very helpful and polite with smiles on their faces. We also had a 2 yr old with us and the staff were very helpful in sorting out a booster seat and checking we had what we needed. The 2 year old is one of the reasons their isn’t more images so apologies for that.

If you fancy trying somewhere new for your Sunday dinner you can book a reservation at The Wortley Hotel on 01724 842223.

Sunday Lunch is served every week from 12 – 2pm.

January – November:
Main Course – £7.00 p.p.
2 Courses – £10.00 p.p.
3 courses – £12.50 p.p.
Tea / Coffee – £2.50 p.p.

Click below for menus and booking information.

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Our Rating (5 Out of 5):

Service: ★★★★★
Hygiene: ★★★★★
Price & value for money: ★★★★★
Presentation: ★★★★★
Overall Dining experience: ★★★★★

Let us know if you have been somewhere worth shouting about. We are always on the look out for people interested in guest reviewing. Maybe you have tried the food we have and have a different view or opinion. Let us know. Is there somewhere you have heard the food is good…or even poor?


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Memories// Say Goodbye To Henry’s

For Henry’s nightclub fans there was maybe a little hope in the future it may re open, but before today rumours circulated on the demolition of the building and now the rumours appear to have been backed up.

Many a good night in Henry’s but it’s popularity dropped even when the door charge was irradiated. As they say ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink it’. This pretty much sums up the scenario. No matter how hard they tried and no matter what effort and new events they introduced there just wasn’t enough people and interest for it.

I think when I was old enough to go out it had changed to TIME. It was a busy place and they whole layout seemed a lot bigger. I did used to like the old set up where you could wonder up and downstairs as you pleased with RnB upstairs and the general popular music downstairs peering through the glass windows to the crowded dance floor below. But obviously these two got split as there wasn’t enough people to fill both at the same time. It is a real shame as I know Henry’s was one of the only places some people would go on a night out in Scunthorpe, but these monthly visits could not keep it open the audience of people Henry’s hit grew up and started to come out less and it just didn’t seem to catch on with the cool kids of today.

£10 all in Sundays?…good times

What will you miss about Henry’s? Did you have a favourite time or memory of a night out there? Do you have a photo from back in the day when it was packed out when you attended? Where will you go instead?

Christmas Panto//Annie Fanny returns to The Plowright Theatre

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<h2><Font color="#5D87A1">Dick WhittingtonAnnie Fanny returns to The Plowright Theatre to star in Dick Whittington! Prepare for all the usual mirth and mayhem in a way only Annie Fanny knows how!

FROM 1 Oct: Adult £15, Concession £12, Family £49, School £8.50.

Continue reading Christmas Panto//Annie Fanny returns to The Plowright Theatre

Scunthorpe Nights & SMB Management Present #AlterEgo

Welcome to the press release for our ONLY event this year. Who knows when we will do one again. We have hosted ONE OFF events before but since the live music scene kick started we have been behind the scenes helping other people promote their events and music.

It’s now time for our Annual appearance. This will be a limited capacity event. We are pleased to announce the event will be held at Cafe INDIEpendent, a place to enjoy music in the town centre with a real community feel and great gig atmosphere down in the basement. This will be an intimate gig, with plenty of energy. Music to jump around to.

Please join us to celebrate us nearing almost two years up and running as your local non profit community organisation Scunthorpe Nights.

This is will be a NO TICKET event, so it’s payment on the door only! Show up early to avoid the risk of not getting in. Once capacity is full, it’s full. £3 ON THE DOOR.

The event will be open to ages 16+ 

As the name #AlterEgo suggests, it will be primarily alternative bands. Not heavy metal but a little more rocky. If you haven’t heard of the bands in the line up it is recommended you check them out as you never know they might turn you into an alt rock lover.

Our main headline is pretty special to us and their fans. They have had  airplay on BBC Introducing a number of times and also featured as BBC RADIO ONE’S track of the week. Where there track was played prime time for a whole week. They are also special as it was announced of their split due to the lead vocalist and guitarist leaving. So we bring you their FINAL GIG. If you haven’t guessed by now…please welcome our headline band:

AMEIRA

Join us in wishing the boys farewell as this will be Ameira’s FINAL gig.

‘An epic chunk of heavy, Anthemic alternative rock which easily keeps pace with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco and Twin Atlantic.’ -Tom Young

Next up

*THE SPECIAL GUESTS *

THE SPECIAL GUESTS we cannot name due to this being quite an exclusive to get them. We can say they’re a signed band undergoing a new image from out of town. So this has to stay Hushed for now.

ODD RIVAL

Odd Rival is a Indie Rock band based in London. The band is fronted by brothers Patrick (bass/voices) & Chris Smith (guitar) alongside Alastair Batchelor (drums). They came together early 2014 and are building a solid following with their ferocious and energetic live show.

“Odd Rival- power trio but not only in a metal sense- groovy wah wha licked, imperious Verve like droney sub psych songs and a nice feel with it all…then they explode with a scream and overdriven bass into something hard and yet yielding..early Verve, the harder end of Kasabian, and when they rock out a bit of Mars Volta even Cream. Good band” – Bugbear Promotions

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To support the event you can use this facebook banner.

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Important//We need Your Input #Scunthorpe

Hello Everyone,

We have been running a survey for a little while but it tends to get lost after a bit. We have added 2 or 3 new questions. If you could please take the time to fill it out it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.

We know surveys can be boring but this is to help Scunthorpe Nights improve or put forward your views.

So far we have received some great feedback on and off the survey and now more than ever we are happy to say people are sharing and commenting us more often, which is great! We like public interaction as without it Scunthorpe Nights media and page would be pretty pointless.

Thank you in advance, we really do appreciate your time. The survey is below via poll daddy.

Please share the survey if possible.

Just to give you an idea of what people have already put, we will give you some answer quotes: (Just so you know we aren’t making these answers up to sound good we will post a detailed report of them once a results quota has been met)

Is there a Local event/gig you have attended due to seeing it via Scunthorpe Nights? (This question helps us see what type of events your attending & want to see)

“Lot’s – it’s a fantastic resource for finding stuff on in the local area, it’s the most comprehensive place online for local events of all description”

“Café Indiependent”

“Yes. The Carnaby’s at The Lincoln Imp”

“Yeh quite a few actually try to keep an eye out for everything you post.”

“Twisted Wheel at the Light”

“Skarlett Riot at the Lincoln Imp”

“The Priory”

How Could We Improve & What Would You Like To See More Of?

“Carry on what you’re doing”

“People sharing your stuff more”

“More live music”

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Public Message// To Our Following

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As the main admin and creator have decided to purchase the domain name of http://www.scunthorpenights.co.uk for 2 years. Then after that WordPress fees to redirect our site were kindly paid for by our new web sponsor (Who often does us some reviews) Casper’s Computers  for one year.

We have been receiving more and more interest and web traffic and with that we feel it was time to .co.uk.

By now you should know we are not for profit  and while we can it will continue to remain this way.

This is our hobby and we do not get paid in monies so please appreciate, we are personally self funding this to promote and support our local area and scenes. We enjoy what we do but occasionally we can make spelling mistakes and use incorrect grammar and punctuation. A lot of the time we are quite busy with full time and work and other side projects and obviously our own lives but when we are asked to do something politely for an event or review we will try to do it as quick as we can.

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We try not to take ourselves to seriously and remain a friendly rather than just informative. So send us a comment once in a while and interact with us. We like to know what you think and what you want to see.

In a few more months we are nearing 2 years of Scunthorpe Nights running.

Thanks to those page liker’s, Twitter & Blog followers and everyone who has ever shared us or something by us. Also all the fantastic organisations, venues, bands and promoters who have invited us to review or attend events/shows, it’s been great and I for one have seen a great variety of talent and passion being put into the local scene for Music, Theatre, The Arts and Charity etc.

Please keep sharing our page http://www.facebook.com/wearescunnynights or inviting your friends list. 

We would also like to thank our news partners The Scunthorpe Independent for being behind us and kick starting our reviewing, they are a fantastic platform of non profit news and media.

Help us out and promote with us: 

If you are a venue, promoter, band or artist CLICK HERE or email us about how we can help you with pre promo and reviews.

If you are a general member of the public CLICK HERE. Like our Facebook, share some statuses and articles now and then and keep us going. Because without your views we are a bit pointless after all. 🙂

If you have seen or aim to see something locally that you think deserves a review you can guest review, so get in touch via Facebook or Email scunnynights@gmail.com.

Kind Regards

Your Scunthorpe Nights Main Admin

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Skarlett Riot – Hometown Gig Review

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On Friday 23rd May Scunthorpe Nights went over to The Lincoln Imp to watch a local Rock Band come good, returned home, ready to rock. The one and only Skarlett Riot.

So this story starts with thunder.

Headed out of the house in the sunshine, video camera and tripod slung over my shoulder ready for our interview later on. I’d gone maybe 20 metres when the first spits and spots of rain came down another 10 meters and the sky dropped, hail and fury. So I was under a tree in a t-shirt trying to cover the camera up thinking you’re not supposed to stand under trees when there’s lightning but I cant go out there! Trying and failing to text “Save me!” onto a wet touch-screen. Thankfully I got rescued before I got washed away, and thoroughly soaked we made it to The Imp.

10415647_10152478106834587_366861809451841417_nNot been to The Lincoln Imp for a gig for a long, long time. Its a small intimate room, but there’s something right about sweat and darkness and close-pressed crowds for a rock gig. We headed on down to the cellar for the interview, where the generator was chugging away, and we set up amongst the taped-up gym gear and the tattered wrestling ring. And there were the band, all in black and ink. Skarlett, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen herself (the Lead Singer and Guitarist), Danny Oglesby ( the Lead Guitarist), Luke Oglesby (the Drummer) and Martin Shepherd (the Bassist). It’s not very rock and roll  I suppose but the first impression I got was ‘they really look after their hair’. They must have Timotei for blood. (it took 3 hours of Metallica, AC/DC and Pantera to purge this un-rock thought from my mind haha). They were all genuinely nice folks, happy to give up their time, we sat down asked a few questions, there was a little bit of banter, and you can hear what they had to say on the interview video below.  A big thanks to the band for letting us in for a few words it was an honour and a pleasure.SAM_0768

Interview over and back upstairs for some music. We picked our spot at stage left. They kicked off with Riot and it was plain they were well up for this. Straight away Danny was leaping all over the place, head banging, with Skarlett dancing back and forth, melting the mic with her stunning vocals, Martin adding a crushing rhythm with his awesome white bass guitar and Luke smacking at the drums as if they’d just admitted to loving Avril Lavigne. Throughout the whole performance they were stirring the crowd, cajoling them, ordering them to rock out, never letting up, never lowering the intense level of sound. Something like a storm building.

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At this point, as always happens the tallest human in Scunny came and stood in front of me, you know wearing a hat just to give himself a couple more inches. So we had to climb onto the bar to see the show. And the show is loud. As it should be, the small room creating a cauldron, but its not just noise, you could hear the melody and the words, you have to be good for that to happen, I was so impressed at how tight and talented this band were. As you know Scunthorpe Nights is here to primarily promote our local artists and so we could be accused of being nice about everyone, we’re not, we’re honest and I would absolutely defy you to go see Skarlett Riot live and disagree with me. They tore through Tear Me Down and then Villain. A mosh pit started, a little tornado in the centre of the crowd and Danny was off stage and in there, guitar and all. The crowd loved it. Luke’s flipping his drumsticks in the air between beats, Martin’s jaunting around the stage entertaining, properly enjoying himself, and Skarlett’s just there, holding them all in awe as she belts out the words.

I told a friend of mine “I like Villain” and he said, “Yeah but you should hear Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen” and I meant to listen but I never got round to it. Glad I forgot really because hearing it for the first time as live was amazing. Hard, gritty, head-banging stuff. It was their last song, and it took it up a notch, and took me back to that place when I loved rock and metal more than anything. It was like having the sky dropped on you, in hail and fury. And so it seems this story ends with a bit of thunder as well.

Top night, top band, nice people, nice hair, and hard rock. Thank you very much for coming home Skarlett Riot.
Thoroughly enjoyed getting caught in the storm.

Scunthorpe Nights admin wanted to add a little something to the review in saying:

It made a change to see a band that wasn’t indie, there are a lot of talented indie bands in the area but it’s nice to see one of the more alternative rising stars of Scunthorpe. It’s a whole different ball game at a close up personal rock gig, yes you can smell the sweat in room and feel the body heat clam on your skin from the surrounding audience but hey, who cares.

I have liked Skarlett Riot ever since I discovered them online, I knew they were from Scunthorpe but in this time they have never played their hometown to my knowledge. Which is understandable as they do gig in a lot of big venues and in many different cities and at festivals and are moving up the popularity scale from hometown to UK domination. I will definitely be making the effort to travel to go see them live again and wait in anticipation for them to return for another hometime gig as there was something quite special about it being a hometown gig for the band. I’m just hoping I don’t have to wait another 2 years for that.

The band as Nick said were all really lovely and welcoming and more than happy to help us out with our first self filmed and self edited video interview even without having fancy equipment.  Great night and great live stage presence and impressed that having listened to them online recorded that they were still amazing when belting it out live. Also have to say well done to the Lincoln Imp for lighting and top sound as always.

Scunthorpe Nights Interview With Skarlett Riot

 

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They are touring later this year and they have an Album out – Tear Me Down available on Amazon and ITunes etc. You can find them on Facebook Skarlett Riot Facebook. They are on Twitter @Skarlett Riot, #TearMeDown. Please please check them out.