Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Lights, camera, action to win a TV studio for your school

Pupils across the city are being given the chance to win a fully equipped TV studio for their school by sharing their vision for child friendly learning in Leeds.

The competition is being organised as part of the North of England Education Conference which is being held in Leeds in January 2012 – when the winning school will be announced.

The challenge is to produce a three minute film which shows the pupils’ ideas for what learning could be like for children and young people in ten years time.

All schools, pupil referral units and specialist inclusive learning centres in the Leeds City Council area are eligible to apply.

The entrants are being asked to make a film which shows their vision for learning in 2022. When creating their masterpieces they should consider:
• Who they want to be taught by?
• What teachers should be like?
• What do they want to learn about?
• When do they want to learn?
• Where do they want to learn?
• What would they like their learning environment to be like?
• How do they want to learn?

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said:
“The 2012 North of England Education Conference is a chance to showcase all that is great about learning in Leeds. In particular the achievements of our children and young people. This competition will give them the chance to show delegates from across the country their creativity and the fantastic ideas they’ve got.”

The judging panel will include Nigel Richardson, Leeds City Council’s director of children’s services, Paul Napier, the editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, the newly announced Leeds Children’s Mayor, as well as a special celebrity guest judge.

The prize will be presented at the conference for leaders in education from all over the country, which is being held at the Royal Armouries between 4 and 6 January 2012. The winning video will be show to the delegates at the conference.

The winners will receive a Green screen HD video studio for their school including:
• A professional HD video camera;
• PC editing suite;
• 24” monitor;
• Editing software;
• Prompter;
• Lighting;
• Tripod and dolly;
• And a green screen.
The prize also includes full installation, training and support. Twenty runners-up will also receive a flip HD camcorder.

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services said:
“We are really looking forward to hearing the young people’s ideas and suggestions as these will help us in our future decisions on learning and education in Leeds. Our ambition in becoming the country’s first truly child friendly city is to ensure we talk to and act upon the views of our children and young people. After all, who knows how education works best than the learners themselves?”

The videos should be no more than three minutes long and can be filmed on any type of camera – even a mobile phone or webcam. The video quality is not important, as the films will be judged on the quality of the ideas and the children and young people’s creativity. It is important that the entrants can demonstrate the project has been led by the pupils themselves. The entries should include a 300 word story of how they made the film. Only one entry per school will be allowed.

To enter the competition schools should register by emailing linda.khammo@leeds.gov.uk.

For more information schools can contact Sue Cassidy on 07891 270381 or cassids02@leedslearning.net.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Nolan Sister Denise ready to cast a festive spell over Leeds

Caption: Denise Nolan as 'Witch Hazel' (top picture) and posing with fellow cast members Jez Edwards (crouching) as 'Pierre' and left to right Ben Palmer as 'The Beast', Abigail Welford as 'Beauty' and Paul Leno (standing behind Abigail) as 'Madam Fifi' in the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey

Singing and acting star Denise Nolan has been confirmed as the headline act for this year’s Christmas pantomime at The Carriageworks in Leeds.

Denise, who shot to fame as one of The Nolan Sisters in the 1970s before forging a successful solo performing career in music and acting, will play the role of the evil ‘Witch Hazel’ in the production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which will run at the theatre off Millennium Square in Leeds from Friday 2 December to Saturday 7 January 2012.

The show is being produced by London-based pantomime experts Paul Holman Associates, who are following up last year’s record-breaking performance of ‘Cinderella’ with another traditional fairytale pantomime guaranteed to leave people of all ages full of the Christmas feelgood spirit.

The cast is headed by Denise Nolan, who during her singing career shared the stage with no less than Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder and Engelbert Humperdink, as well as appearing on the legendary ‘Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special’ in 1976 and with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in the ‘Two Ronnies’.

After deciding to go solo in 1977, Denise’s acting talents came to the fore as she took the West End by storm with her portrayal of ‘Mrs Johnstone’ in Cameron Macintosh’s hit musical version of ‘Blood Brothers’, which was to tour for four years. She also received widespread acclaim for her performance in the ‘Judy Garland Show’ which used all the music and orchestration from the original Carnegie Hall show and became a favourite at all the major concert halls in the UK.

Denise is also no stranger to pantomime, having played Snow White no less than 15 times including a hugely successful season at the London Palladium. More recently she has been seen waving the wand of Fairy Godmother or casting spells as the wicked queen, a role which will see her bringing a touch of glamour, glitter and an evil serving of wickedness to Leeds this Christmas.

Starring alongside Denise will be CBBC favourite Jez Edwards, returning to The Carriageworks for a third successive year to play ‘Pierre’, the pantomime comic who brings chaos and calamities to proceedings.

The title roles in the story are played by Abigail Welford as ‘Beauty’ and Ben Palmer as the ‘Count of Christi Monto’ hoping to be rescued from the curse which turned him into ‘the Beast’, with Paul Leno adding to the fun as the eccentric ‘Madam Fifi’.

Denise Nolan, who plays the evil Witch Hazel, said:

“I’m so excited to be returning to Leeds. I first visited the city when I played in Blood Brothers and I fell in love with Yorkshire. I hear The Carriageworks is very handy for the shops and I love to shop, shop, shop! I’ll be staying in Leeds for the production so I’m hoping on my days off I can get to once more experience the fabulous Yorkshire countryside and hospitality.”

General manager at The Carriageworks Martin McInulty said:

"We are delighted be working with Paul Holman Associates again to host another fantastic traditional pantomime which will be great fun for people of all ages to enjoy. We are particularly pleased to welcome Denise Nolan to Leeds as well Jez Edwards, who has become a firm favourite with The Carriageworks audience over the last two years so we are all looking forward to another great show this Christmas.”

Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday 2 December and runs until Saturday 7 January 2012. Tickets are available from The Carriageworks’ Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

For further information about The Carriageworks visit the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior Communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel: 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

For further information on PHA please contact:
Ali Cook, PR & Marketing Manager,
Paul Holman Associates