Friday, 26 March 2010

Pace Eggers Entertain Riverside

Full Report to Follow...

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

2010 Pace Egg Preview

It’s that time of year again when the Calder Valley tradition of the Pace Egg play lives on and entertains hundreds of people throughout the Calder Valley. The students of Calder High School, will once again dust off their Pace Egging hats on Good Friday, 2nd April, to perform all day long throughout the Calder Valley.

The Midgley Pace Egg play is an old tradition within Calder High School, and has been performed by the school for many years now. The Pace Egg is based on the oldest play in the world, The Mummers Play.

The story is based around Saint George's triumphs and the whole play boasts his great champion status. Throughout the performance three challengers try to defeat Saint George (Bold Slasher, Black Prince of Paradine and Hector), who is a very cocky and mighty character. The play consists of eight characters, which this year was again made available to all ages, due to the school’s excessive range of performing talent. As always, it is an all boys cast due to the ancient traditions of the play.

The auditions took place in front of a panel of experienced Pace Eggers who had the necessary knowledge to identify the sort of raw talent the Pace Egg needed. For the auditionee to get the nod from the audition panel they had to recite the part of Saint George as well as an unscripted performance of their own choosing. The auditionee also had to show their passion and interest in the Pace Egg itself and explain why they would like to be part of it. The lucky six successful auditionees will experience performing the oldest play in the world, performing to a wide variety of people throughout the Calder Valley and will get to make the performance their own by working outside of the usual performance boundaries.

The cast for 2010 has changed dramatically from last year, with no less than 5 new faces making their Pace Egg debuts. Isaac Rose, Johnny McQuade, Joachim Goddard and Dylan Wilby have all moved on to future endeavours, with Billy Painter also making an unexpected late exit due to work commitments.

Entering the Pace Egg fray are some rather younger players than in previous years, with Jacob Jones and Jack Deighton (both 14) taking the roles of King of Egypt and The Doctor respectively. Also making their first Pace Egg appearances are Joe Cotton and Rowan Carter, the latter of which has had plenty of preparation having stepped into the Heptonstall Pace Egg performance last year, they will take the parts of Hector and Black Prince of Paradine respectively. The final addition to the cast of 2010 is Kieran Bell. Having initially missed the audition process due to illness, Kieran was thrown a lifeline just over two weeks ago when it was announced that there was a final part to fill due to Painter becoming unavailable for the day, Kieran gladly accepted and will be The Fool this year.

This year’s cast will be: Kieran Bell, The Fool; Sam Harris, Bold Slasher; Jack Deighton, The Doctor; Jacob Jones, King of Egypt; Rowan Carter, Black Prince of Paradine; Joe Cotton, Hector; Thomas Deadman, Tosspot and finally Dario Coates takes the lead role of Saint George in what will be his farewell year. Crowds will also be spoiled by the musical brilliance of Clara Collett and Jess Woodhead, who will be the buglers once again.

For those of you reading this article, having not seen the Pace-Egg before, I really do urge you to get to your local area this Easter, and support this magnificent tradition. Once again the play promises to be a fantastic and memorable occasion, so don’t stay away, come and experience a real slice of Calder Valley life!

The Pace Eggers will be donating all funds made on the day to Overgate Hospice.

Pace Egg Running Order
8:45 Banksfield Estate
9:30 Todmorden
10:15 Mytholmroyd
11:00 Hebden Bridge (Holme Street)
11:30 Hebden Bridge (St George's Square)
12:45 Hebden Bridge (Marina)
1:30 Luddenden
2:05 Midgley
3:00 Heptonstall

We wish them all the best of luck!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Painter's Chronicle Statement - A NEW Editor!

Dear Subscripients,

Around a month ago a statement was released by myself on behalf of the Painter's Chronicle Board addressing all of our existing Subscripients on the current situation of The Painter's Chronicle. After many messages of support and a flurry of people expressing an interest in getting involved in future Painter's Chronicle editions, the Board have now acted and made some dramatic changes that will undoubtedly benefit the long term future and existence of the PC.

As previously mentioned, the ongoing pressures and studies of A-Levels have simply become too much for the more senior members of the Painter's Chronicle team, and with that in mind we felt the best way forward would be to take a more backwards role and allow a younger generation of Calder Valley talent to take the lead and build on foundations that have already been laid. The Painter's Chronicle Board (Myself, Isaac Rose, Johnny McQuade along with Calum Paramor) however, will remain involved as the "Honorary Painter's Chronicle Board".

With regards to the new Production Team, we have decided that this will now be split into two different departments; "Web Team" and "Editorial Team". This will allow both departments to focus more directly on the website and newsletter respectively. Taking the role as "Website Manager" will be Callum MacRae, Callum has been a huge figure in previous productions of the PC and has entertained everyone with "MacRae's Thoughts", an article that is unique and different, and with that in mind, we felt that Callum's originality and wide range of interests would be an excellent acquisition to the website. Callum is currently putting together his team of contributors and this will be announced very shortly.

Now, for the announcement you've all been waiting for!

After consideration by the Board, and analysis of possible candidates to take over the role of Editor, there was one candidate that we felt would be best suited to this role. Someone with raw talent, strong leadership and communication skills and someone who has real potential to thrive in this role. We're delighted and honoured to be able to announce that Joe Cotton will be taking on the role as the Editor of The Painter's Chronicle. We will work with Joe to enable a moderately easy transition into the wild world of the PC, and ensure that everything is set in place to continue as we left off. A draft list of articles and contributors has already been drawn up, and this should be announced over the next week or two, so watch this space as I'm sure Joe's plans will certainly get everyone buzzing once again.

So there you have it; Callum MacRae and Joe Cotton are the new people in the hot seats. I am extremely delighted and honoured to have both of them on board, and I wish them both the very best of luck for what is sure to be an extremely exciting new phase for The Painter's Chronicle.

Billy Painter
On Behalf of The Honorary Board

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Support Sport Relief!

James Corden with Andy Murray and David Beckham

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Uganda's Gay Death Law - Sign The Petition!

As you may know Uganda's government is preparing to pass a bill that proposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of having same-sex relations and imposes the death penalty for “serial offenders”. Even members of the public face up to three years in jail if they fail to report homosexual activity to the police within 24 hours!

If there’s a huge global response, the Ugandan government will see that the country will be internationally isolated by the proposed law, and will be forced to abolish it's plans.

By rejecting this dangerous bill and supporting the breadth of opposition to it, we can help set a crucial precedent. Let’s build massive support for Uganda’s human rights defenders, and save lives by stopping this bill -- sign now here, then tell friends and family:

Monday, 1 March 2010