IWD2016 inspiration from Maxine Peake, Carol Ann Duffy, Dame Judi Dench & Jacqueline Wilson

“We know that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and creativity from a young age can have a massive impact on their development and on their adult lives.”
Wayne Hemingway

Some of the UK’s most inspirational and creative people including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Terence Conran, Carol Ann Duffy, David Shrigley, Heston Blumenthal, Stephen Merchant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Maxine Peake and Frank Cottrell Boyce have been telling us who or what inspired them as a child to help raise awareness of the impact creativity can have on a child’s life, in support of the children’s charity Curious Minds.

46 unique and personal tales have been collected together in an illustrated book, with a foreword by Wayne Hemingway and drawings from 15 illustrators including Steven Appleby (Loomus, The Guardian), Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found), Nick Sharratt (The Story of Tracy Beaker), Al Murphy and Emily Forgot.

All proceeds raised from the purchase of this book will support creative projects for young people.

Curious Minds is a registered charity no. 1130988 that works across the North West to make sure all children have access to quality arts and cultural learning activities, providing kids with opportunities to be creative, have fun and stretch their minds and imaginations, giving them the best start in life.

The concept for the book was devised by creative collective Dorothy and its development was assisted by Arts Council England.

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Update on the MTA 2016

Unfortunately Maxine Peake did not win Best Actress Award at Manchester Theatre Awards nor Best Play/Visiting Production.

However, she’s always a winner in our eyes!

Maxine Peake supports the Big Ride for Palestine

Maxine supports the Big Ride for Palestine:

Maxine Peake

Is an English stage, film and television actress

I am supporting the Big Ride as it is essential to show the Palestinian people that we are appalled by the long and horrendous suffering they have endured at the hands of the Israeli government.

Hopefully this terrific event will go some way to forcing our government to wake up and take responsibility.

I wish all the participants a fun packed ride and may your bum be not so numb!

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Maxine Peake in upcoming BBC Shakespeare Festival in April

The event is part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival which will take place in April to mark 400 years since the writer’s death.

The live television event will be hosted by David Tennant and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, and will feature Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, the English National Opera and more.

Also announced to perform as part of the event are Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Galbraith, Noma Dumezweni, The Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Swan.

The BBC Shakespeare Festival takes place throughout April 2016 across TV, radio, online and the world.

On BBC One, Russell T Davis is adapting on of Shakespeare’s best loved plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will star Maxine Peake as Titania, Matt Lucas as Bottom and John Hannah as Theseus. Elaine Paige, Javone Prince, Nonso Anozie, Hiran Abeysekera, Richard Wilson and Bernard Cribbins complete the cast.

The cream of UK talent, Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Michael Gambon, will star in The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses on BBC Two, a series of three new Shakespeare adaptations, Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.

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Gallery Update: The Village 2×06 HD Screen Captures

I’ve added 335 HD captures from the sixth and last episode of The Village’s second series. Enjoy!

Lady Clem makes it clear that she will block any divorce as Martha moves back with her father, who is now living with Joy Dangerfield. Caro demands to see her son but the family informs her that he is dead and she attempts suicide. She is rescued by Bairstow who locates the child and brings him to Caro, who in turn takes him to see the Middletons, John making a full recovery, thanks to Phoebe’s speech therapy. Edmund attempts to sack Bairstow but is thwarted when the agent threatens to reveal his sexuality. Bill Gibby, whose party is out of power but is leader of the city council in Sheffield, returns. He is anxious to build a reservoir to bring clean water to Sheffield but it will involve flooding the village as Grace discovers, announcing the plan to the villagers, who give her whole-hearted support in opposing it. Sour Norma Hankin has cause to smile though on discovering that she is pregnant, Martha and Gerard flee the country to work in Africa and Bert proposes to Phoebe, who accepts.

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WIN A Pair Of Tickets To Manchester Film Festival’s Opening Gala Night

You could be turning up to the gala opening of Manchester Film Festival and walking down the red carpet at AMC Great Northern before enjoying a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch.

The screening will also include the shorts Strange Weather, starring Maxine Peake, I’m Sorry To Tell You, by Manchester-based actor and director, Ben Price and the world première of Break, starring Sir John Hurt.

Afterwards, enjoy exclusive access to meet the stars of the festival at the after-party which is held at the Hilton Hotel’s Cloud 23 bar. Enjoy a complimentary drink and take in the atmosphere of one of the city’s most important cultural events.

To enter the competition, click here.