Written from the heart

Up and coming musician and poet Michaela Woods joins the Girls Around Town this weekend with a sneak preview of her debut album and second poetry book, both due to be released later this year.

Newark-based Michaela – who performs as Wilted Flower – will be at Stray’s Coffee Shop on Saturday 21 September, when she’ll be playing the new album in full and doing a selection of readings from the book, Grow in the Dark.

Her melodic, stripped-back performances reflect on experiences in her life to create honest and raw songs about mental health issues, loss and love which she likens to those of Keaton Henson and Daughter.

The new book follows on from her first collection of poems, No Longer A Wordless Book, published in October 2017 and described by one reviewer as ‘a truly emotional collection of poems written from the heart’.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Michaela will be talking to June and Rosalyn about the inspiration behind her music and poetry which she says are ‘a look inside my heart and head’.

And sharing one of the tracks from her album with everyone…

New year, new show – and a new girl in town!

The show may be off air at the moment but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes as the Girls Around Town get ready to return…

If all goes to plan, they’ve something extra special in mind for the first show to make sure things get off to a sparkling start and – headline news – there’s another new girl in town!

After a fond farewell to Tina, who left the show in November to concentrate on her new business BELOVED@THE BARN, Rachel Repper is joining the team full time. Local theatre-goers will know her as one of the leading lights of the Robin Hood Theatre and if you’re a regular listener, you’ll have heard her as a guest on Girls Around Town several times this year. So who better to become the latest co-presenter when GAT#2 takes to the airwaves in a few weeks’ time?

In other news so far, the guest list for early spring is growing, the new feature Sunday Supplement is coming together nicely and ideas for informative and entertaining interviews and discussions are flowing thick and fast. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in the conversations too, with invitations to have your say on everything from vegan cookery to big knickers via the Facebook page and Twitter feed.

In the meantime, if you’re making a list of resolutions for the New Year, here’s one more to add. Watch this space for confirmation of the relaunch date and be sure to put Sundays from 10am to 12 noon in your diary for the rest of 2018

The Jellicle Ball comes to Newark

It’s probably one of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s best known musicals – even if you haven’t seen  it, you’re sure to know the name and recognise some of the songs and images associated with CATS.

And if you’re a singer or a dancer, perhaps you’ve always aspired to be in a production of this iconic show…

Well, here’s your chance! It’s coming to town next spring and Newark Amateur Operatic Society is looking for talented performers to join the cast.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday, when choreographer and creative director Dean Skiba and musical director Rupert Trippett will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about the story behind the show.

First staged in 1981 and based on T S Eliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it tells the tale of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’…

Dean and Rupert will be sharing their plans for the NAOS production and there’ll be details too of how to book tickets for the performances, which take place from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 March at Newark’s Palace Theatre.

In the meantime, if you want to get involved – on stage or backstage – why not go along to the Launch Night at John Hunt Primary School at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 September?

Meet the team there, join in a sing-through of some of the songs and find out more about society membership and other events planned over the next two weeks, including the all-important auditions on Sunday 24 September.