Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s new season

Dynamic dance, music celebrating an extraordinary black composer and a play about Tottenham High Road are just some of the highlights of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s new season.

This year the popular arts centre in Tottenham Green marks its tenth anniversary. To celebrate this mile-stone the venue has embarked on a series of refurbishments and a new direction under chief executive Pete Courtie which has reinvigorated its programme - writes haringey.gov.uk.

Alongside a busy series of workshops and classes and an eclectic cinema programme the centre now features more shows and a greater diversity of plays, comedy nights, music and dance.

“We’re going through a transitional period and the idea is to bring in art that is really exciting,”

said the centre’s marketing manager, Ben Casement-Stoll.

“We’re bringing in the kind of thing you see at Sadler’s Wells or The Royal Court theatre and at the same time finding people from here in the Tottenham community that we want to support and help develop. Over the summer we had two festivals full of local talent and we aim to have a few shows perhaps three for four times a week to turn this into a bustling centre for the area.”

Following her workshops at the centre comedian Thanyia Moore introduces a mixture of newcomers and established acts at the Seven Sisters of Comedy nights on November 7 and December 8. For children there is a magical journey through the night in Bedtime Stories on November 8 and 9, while dance lovers will be jumping for joy thanks to internationally acclaimed Idiot-Syncrasy on November 23.

On November 16 and 17 talented composer and musician Juwon Ogungbe will be presenting evenings of music, dance and spoken life celebrating the life of the famed black writer and composer Ignatius Sancho, and on November 20 Tottenham Theatre performs Up on the High Road: Tottenham Tapestry.

“The play is devised by Tottenham residents and former residents and aims to reflect our community,” said Tottenham Theatre’s artistic director Lynda Brennan. “It’s about people’s lives and their journeys to Tottenham and it’s full of audience participation, features an actual High Road on stage and it will make you laugh and cry!”

For more details of all shows go to www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk

(Pic credit: Lynda Jessop. Caption: Actor Tyrone Huggins in a workshop with Tottenham Theatre)

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