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We're still buzzing from the success of last month's monologue night, but it's time to get your submissions in for...

SHORT FILM NIGHT!!

Do you have a short film you've made at uni or with friends? Want more people to see what you've created? Then send it in! We'd love to see some more work from you talented lot!

Maximum time approximately 10 minutes.

Just follow the link!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HB8GYSS

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Fresh Batch is Back!!

Fresh Batch of Scratch is back and brand new for 2021!

This month we’re looking for monologues. You can write and perform a monologue of your own, you can write a monologue for someone else to perform or you can apply to simply perform, and we’ll pair you up with a monologue written by one of our applicants! That’s right, there’s something for everyone this time.

Thinking of applying? Then follow the link below to our online form.

All entrants must be received by 6pm on February 14th.

The final performance will take place on Wednesday 24th February at 6:30pm so please make sure you’re available on this date, especially if you’re applying as a performer.

Photo: Nigel Hayes

Logo: Laura Host

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N56TJJG?fbclid=IwAR3d0lEAoDhg2xxJVjCDpLDB1xwCMWo8DqPQreL6l36Y_gbmoAvUuxKwOAk

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Fresh Batch of Scratch 4: Call Out

 

Fresh Batch of Scratch applications are now open... FOR ANYONE TO APPLY!
So if you have a piece of new writing? An original song? Or a comedy sketch just begging for an audience. Then get applying!
DEADLINE to apply is the 18th of DECEMBER.
The night will take place JANUARY 6th. So your Christmas Dinner should just about be digested 😉
Fill out the application form below... And Goodluck!

https://georgeberesford.wufoo.com/forms/z6amz2t04hugtr/ 

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Call out: A Fresh Batch of Scratch 3 !

It's here, it’s here, no need to panic! Here is the sing up sheet for the third FRESH BATCH OF SCRATCH (scratch night), taking place on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. It's your last chance to perform at the scratch in 2020, so do not miss out! This month, we are looking for 3 people to join our level 6 students on the comedy scratch night. If you are a part of the Sheffield Hallam University performance degree or part of the theatre society here at SHU we want you. There is even a possibility that you could perform live this month!

The deadline this month is 6PM on the 23rd November. This is the final deadline so if you submit it after 6PM I’m afraid we will not except it so best get in there early!

If you have been successful, we will let you know on the 25th November so that you have plenty of time to prepare before the performance on the 2nd.

Hope to see you then! Please follow the link below to apply!

https://georgeberesford.wufoo.com/forms/mxuvosk1nmq9vj/

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Call out: A Fresh Batch of Scratch 2 !

Hello SHU performance students and graduates! 

Here it is we know you have all been wating for it after the amazing success we had with our first one. This is the call out for participants for A Fresh Batch of Scratch two! If you missed your chance last time you do not want to miss it this time.  And yes, I am talking to you. Yes, you sat behind your phone or laptop reading this. Do not worry you will not even have to put it down for the night. Because yes you guessed it, we are online once more.

Continuing behind the scenes like last time is myself and a team of Level 6 students (India, Richard, Matt, Harry, Maraya & Tilly). To continue putting on a series of scratch performance nights on the first Wednesday of each month up until Christmas (4th November, 2nd December) just for you. 

With this one not very far away we invite you to submit an application to take part. So, do it now! You don’t want to miss out again.

What even is a scratch performance ? 

A scratch performance is an informal showcase of rough and ready performance ideas in any medium and genre. So, if you have something you have been working on we want to hear about it. Or if you’re inspired to start a new collaboration we’d be delighted to learn more. We are excited to see original work or pre-existing pieces of performance that have been developed into something new and exciting.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all performers at the November 4th event will be performing remotely, so you'll need access to a device that will allow you to stream from your chosen location eg. bedroom, garage, forest, street corner, or other socially distanced space!

Applications are due ASAP. By Thursday 29th October at 6PM. The programme will be announced Saturday 31st October and chosen performers will have until 3rd November to prepare their piece for presentation on Zoom the following day. 

What are you waiting for? follow the link and apply!

https://georgeberesford.wufoo.com/forms/z6amz2t04hugtr/

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A tumultuous year this has been, but you don’t need me to tell you that - you have lived through it. Unbelievably, the all-important arts sector has been under tremendous threat due to the British government’s failure to effectively support organisations, venues, and freelance workers. None of us should sit back and let this happen, and that’s certainly the view expressed by bombastic performance company Doppelgangster, in their new audio show Bad Reputation; created especially for Off the Shelf festival 2020, in collaboration with BA Acting & Performance students (one of whom is me!) from Sheffield Hallam University, and BA Creative Arts students from La Trobe University, all the way from Melbourne, Australia!

Bad Reputation is an upcoming audio drama that will be available on the festival site from 23rd - 31st October 2020. It’s a ‘mesmerising, psychedelic tale of three lighthouse keepers on an isolated island’, inspired by George Toudouze’s short story Three Skeleton Key (1937). Having had a great time performing in Doppelgangster’s Choke Me at last year’s festival, and being intrigued by the horror aspect of the stimuli, from which you may draw parallels to the Coronavirus pandemic and life under lockdown, volunteering for this was an absolute no brainer. 

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George Beresford and myself performing in Choke Me (2019) by Doppelgangster.

The physical demand, epic loudness, and theatrical pizzaz of Choke Me was a liberating experience, and I was disappointed not to be able to replicate it this year due to the cancellation of the Prague Fringe Festival. The opportunity to take part in Bad Reputation was a great relief, and while we’ve not been working in a theatre for this latest production, it has been equally rewarding in new and interesting ways. For starters, by having to work remotely to develop the show, we, in the UK, have had the good fortune of working with fellow aspiring artists in Australia. A range of ideas and unique perspectives have been brought to the table from across the globe (and across very different time zones!); this is nothing short of a wonderful thing. 

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Richard Delroy (Gal) at home, recording his lines for Bad Reputation.

It has been a collaborative project; a real team effort. As well as performing, Doppelganster - aka Dr. Tom Payne and Tobias Manderson Galvin - were keen for us all to be extensively involved in the writing process, which was a huge pull for me. For the last few weeks, we have been issued daily writing tasks of great variety. These ranged from writing new scenes for the Three Skeleton Key story to listing our least favourite desert island discs. Once or twice, there has been an air of mystery around why we do a task, which I’m sure will become clearer as we reach the final stages of the creative process. It is Doppelganster’s unique way of working which keeps everyone interested and on their toes, and previous experience of working with Tom and Tobias has shown I can trust them to lead us to a successful result. 

The tasks have increased my confidence in my writing, a skill that I am interested in developing alongside gaining more experience as a performer. Having written my first play text over the summer, and produced various stand-alone monologues, I am very keen to make a habit of practicing my writing craft. Being a student can sometimes be extremely busy (I often say it is like running a three-year marathon), so I am grateful to have been given the push to make time to write while working with Doppelgangster again. I am hoping this sets a precedent and I plan to continue typing away in my free time alongside my final year of study. 

8058080282?profile=RESIZE_710xMaraya Ashworth (Haze) at home, recording her lines for Bad Reputation.

Performing for audio is a challenge, and I’m enjoying having another opportunity to rely purely on my voice to portray a character. This work complements the broadcast acting modules on the degree very well and is a valuable experience that I can put on my CV. It is remarkably gratifying to be exercising these creative muscles, all in the comfort of my bedroom while I am sipping caramel flavoured coffee and dreaming of an end to lockdown. 

Bad Reputation is going to be exactly the same combination of bonkers, intellectual, experimental, and politically significant work that audiences have come to expect from Doppelganster, all freshly packaged in a whirlwind of a podcast. 

I would encourage students who wish to get the most out of their university experience to take on extracurricular projects where possible. Take the chance; you may just participate in something you’re incredibly proud of.

Bad Reputation will be available online from 7.30 pm Friday 23rd October (for FREE) on the Off the Shelf festival website.

 https://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/doppelgangster-shu-performance-company-20-la-trobe-university-present-bad-reputation/

Promotional image by Wilson Liew. Documentation photographs for Choke Me and Bad Reputation by Becky Payne. 

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FRESH BATCH OF SCRATCH - REVIEW

 'Fresh Batch of Scratch' is a new work in progress event organised and curated by a team of Level 6 students. This year we will be putting together a series of scratch performance nights on the first Wednesday of each month up until Christmas (4th November, 2nd December.) On the 7th of October, we had our first 'Fresh Batch of Scratch' and this is a round-up review of how the night went: 

Our first act was George Beresford with '2020 What a year part one'.  George's piece was a thought-provoking piece of spoken word. Which was well written and performed with real purpose. We can’t wait for part two.

Second, to take to the digital stage was Harry Marciniak, performing the soliloquy 'To be or not to be' from the famous Hamlet. With strong characterisation of Hamlet, Harry offered a true insight into the intricate world of Shakespeare, displaying a powerful speech.

Our third performer, Kyle Baker proposed the question in the title of his piece 'What it's like to love', in a moving poem, that tugged at the audience's heartstrings. A great piece of original work, we can't wait to see what comes next. 

Fourth, on our Fresh Batch of Scratch journey was a pre-recorded video from Jacob Jackson, a recent Sheffield Hallam graduate. Jackson took on the role of 'aufidius' with vigour in a charismatic, yet intense performance. Performing this Shakespearean monologue with real flair.

India Florence Birchall was Fifth, performing her clever and thoughtfully crafted original poem ' Lingering moments' which, was a true joy to watch. She let her words resonate with the audience, leaving them to question their own 'Lingering Moment.'

Sixth was a spooky one in 'The creation of a monster' by Jessie Jones. He embodied his character, Doctor Grackle, sending shivers down our spines. Jessie gave a thrilling performance, crafting terrible tales scary enough keep you up at night.

Our closing act was Dr Tom Payne, performing 'Theatre, Cards, and Dance.' This was a captivating and unorthodox reading, performed with precision and certain eerie quality, this is not a performance that will be forgotten in a hurry. 

And last but not least, we have to thank our wonderful compères for the night. Matt Skelton and Harry Marciniak. They were truly hilarious and extremely entertaining as the night's hosts. It was like being back at the theatre.

We hope you all had a fantastic night at our very first: Fresh Batch of Scratch. 

Remember we're the first Wednesday of every month, so get started working on your ideas now! Then you could be apart of the night in November. Further details for how to apply will be coming soon. So keep your eyes peeled. 

 

 

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Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for Here’s What She Said to Me by Oladipo Agboluaje with Kiké Brimah playing the role of Aramide, Estella Daniels as Omotola and Ayo-Dele Edwards as Agbeke. Conceived and directed by Mojisola Elufowoju.
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Forced Entertainment’s audacious project to tell each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays with a single performer, a collection of household objects and a table top is restaged in this unique ‘at home’ edition webcast over nine weeks from the performers' homes directly to yours.
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Sheffield Hallam Acting & Performance students to work Stand and Be Counted Theatre as part of our brand new Level 5 Ideas into Action module. Learn more about SBC's innovative new programme of works.
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Now in its second year of running the Spirit of Independence film festival is launching this year's event with a twist - it’s all online! Previously housed at Sheffield's Abbeydale Picture House, the festival has now taken steps to keep it’s audience members safe by letting them watch the films from home. The online platform boasts over 38 film screenings including 12 features and 26 shorts with tickets being around £10 for an entire festival pass. The event is running from Thursday the 15th to Monday 19th October 2020, 5 days covering a multitude of different genres from across the world.

 

The Spirit of Independence was originally set up in 2019 to showcase micro-budget film talent to mainstream audiences. The intention being to give a platform to upcoming filmmakers struggling to get their films premiered because of their budget. With the festival now going online, the program has expanded significantly, allowing for an increase of films streamed directly to ticket holders' computers. Once buying online the user has the ability to watch the majority of films on demand, with a few kept back for special timed-release over the 5 days. As well as a series of Q&As covering the world of micro budgets and independent filmmaking.

 

Submissions have been taken from all across the world from South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland, Iran and more. Covering a real dynamic selection of stories that reflect the filmmaking culture of each country. From documentary, coming of age, sci-fi, crime, horror and more, the festival's real strength comes in its versatility and inclusiveness. For film fans who like watching independent or mainstream, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

The festival director, Ben Wilkinson, couldn’t be more thrilled with this year's line up, stating, “Taking the festival online has really opened up our capacity to diversify the films we’re showing, covering different tastes, filmmaking styles and, of course, genres. We’ve split the shorts into different categories so viewers can gravitate to a particular genre they like - whether that be documentary, comedy, horror, sci-fi or drama thus giving the viewer control over what they watch, when and breaking down the limitations of schedules that traditional film festivals have. It’s a Netflix, on-demand model, something everyone is used to and, to a degree, expects.’

 

‘We made the choice to focus on micro-budget films as it was an area of filmmaking that just didn’t have enough representation in the film festival circuit. In the end, all filmmakers start somewhere and usually with small budgets, we wanted to be able to showcase talents who could grow into the next Christopher Nolan and inspire the next generation of filmmaking talent’.

 

Despite the festival being online, it continues to reflect the passion and heart of the Sheffield filmmaking community. Fierce, strong and independent.

 

Tickets can be purchased at https://tv.festhome.com/festivaltv/spirit-of-independence-film-festival

 

 

General Email: info@soifilmfestival.com

Website: https://www.soifilmfestival.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soifilmfestival/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoIfilmfestival

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Last Rites: The Raindance Festival

Hey all! Before I start my blog discussing The Raindance Festival and Last Rites, I’d to just like to say hello to all the new students starting Acting & Performance at Sheffield Hallam University! Studying at Sheffield was undoubtedly some of the best years of my life, and if you let your passion for arts truly come out, you’ll make some of the best work to remember when you leave, and take pride in the fact you made some great projects for people to enjoy. The best advice I can give is take every opportunity you can, there’s always something new to learn, even when you leave uni. Your lecturers are some of the most supportive people I’ve met, they’ll really push you to give your best, but you’ve got to push yourself as well. I remember performing and rehearsing a Hamlet Monologue with Neil Sissons in 2nd Year, and those 4 minutes on stage performing Shakespeare is still a treasured memory of mine. Of course, there are lots of great memories from my time at university, such as learning Advanced Acting Techniques with Dr Henry Bell, and being in Dopplegangster’s TREEFXXXERS. If you remain open to learning something new, embrace curiosity, and be your best, collaborative self, you will do some amazing things whilst studying at university.

Now, onto Raindance! So, back in August I was a part of the National Youth Film Academy’s Set Ready Course, which was a course that aimed to bring actors, directors, cinematographers, writers, and a whole plethora of talented, young people together. The aim was make a short movie that would be going to The Raindance Festival, in association with Procam and Odeon. In addition, we would have a movie premiere of our movies at Greenwich’s Odeon in London this October. However, this was delayed to the 10th April due to the restrictions put in place by COVID-19. Furthermore, The Raindance Festival is no longer a fully public event, but more of an online festival for people to view and stream their movies. This was only a minor setback, and as an actor, you’ll come across them a lot, and when that happens, you’ll find that the best way to deal them is with optimism. Raindance is still one of the biggest film festivals in the UK, and there is so much more than the Festival itself. Raindance hold many events and workshops that support young artists trying to breakout in the industry. So even if, I’m not going to be there, networking and meeting new people, the film is still going to a festival (Yay!) and the premier is still happening. It will probably be a better time for it as well, the restrictions may not be so harsh, and it’ll be a great opportunity to celebrate a film that my friends and I worked really hard to make.

So, onto Last Rites. What is Last Rites? Well, it is a comically dark, satirical mockumentary that investigates the lives of three janitors, Sarah, Nicole, and Daisy. However, these janitors are not ordinary janitors, no, this trio of cleaners are responsible for cleaning the grotesque and disturbing crime scenes, left by The Scorpions, a menacing  criminal organisation. If only our poor journalist Simon Oiseau, and his camera crew, knew what lied ahead when he decied to film their everyday lives of these three for his Documentary series ‘Women in Unconventional Roles’. Will he give the footage to the leader of The Scorpions, The Sadistic ‘Grandmother’ OR will he give it to the two feckless private detectives? (one of them being played by me). I guess you’ll just have to watch it and find out. Filming this project has been extremely good fun.  Working with Adam Dokhan (The Cinematographer) and our two directors Alishah Ahmad and Amber Wright was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It was a joy being able to play Ronnie Jones, one of the Private Detectives, who I describe as being an amalgamation of Deadpool, Jake Peralta, and PC Danny Butterman, though not as smart, capable, or skilled, just equally delusional. It was fun being able to perform monologues to the camera, to play a character who allowed me to properly improvise and create great situational comedy. There’s nothing more enjoyable than working with people who you can bounce ideas off, because we were all on the same page about what kind of movie we wanted to make, spending months working together on Zoom Calls in lockdown to develop all the characters in this film, it meant we were all ready from the moment the cameras began rolling.

However, even with all our ideas, it was the writing of Oscar Robinson and Ben Archer that truly made Last Rites. Inspired by fantastic mockumentaries such as What We Do In The Shadows and This Is Spinal Tap, Last Rites balances dark themes with humour and ridiculousness in an exploration of how far people in desperate situations are willing to go. This movie essentially satirises society, it questions whether or not society determines people into taking questionable jobs and resorting to crime because of the limited opportunity society provides. Therefore, it is up to the audience to decide whether these three janitors are innocent, or if they themselves are an accessory to the murders they clean up. It is the moral argument of free will and determism, whether a person’s actions are influenced by other factors, such as poverty, poor education, wealth inequality etc, or whether it is purely the individuals decision to go down the path of crime. To conclude this blog, I will leave a link below to Last Rites, which will be available to stream from the 28th October, along with the other National Youth Film Academy movies I will also leave a link to. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my blog. I wish all you students at Sheffield Hallam, from first year, to third year the absolute best of luck, enjoy these years, and embrace your own individuality!

https://cinema.raindance.org/film/last-rites-nyfa/

https://cinema.raindance.org/collection/nyfa/

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Participant call: Fresh Batch Of Scratch

Hello SHU performance students and graduates! 

This is a call out for participants for A Fresh Batch of Scratch, a new work in progress event organised and curated by myself and a team of Level 6 students (India, Richard, Matt, Harry, Maraya & Tilly). This year we will be putting together a series of scratch performance nights on the first Wednesday of each month up until christmas (7th October, 4th November, 2nd December). 

With the first one just a few weeks away we invite you to submit an application to take part. 

What even is a scratch performance ? 

A scratch performance is an informal showcase of rough and ready performance ideas in any medium and genre. So, if you have something you have been working on we want to hear about it. Or if you’re inspired to start a new collaboration we’d be delighted to learn more. We are excited to see original work or pre-existing pieces of performance that have been developed into something new and exciting.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all performers at the October 7th event will be performing remotely, so you'll need access to a device that will allow you to stream from your chosen location eg. bedroom, garage, forest, street corner, or other socially distanced space!

Applications are due by Monday 28th September at 3PM. The programme will be announced on Wednesday 30th September, and chosen performers will have until 6th October to prepare their piece for presentation on Zoom the following day. 

What are you waiting for? follow the link and apply!

https://georgeberesford.wufoo.com/forms/z6amz2t04hugtr/

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SHU Acting & Performance Induction Week

We're excited to meet our new Acting & Performance students and to say hello to returners at induction week next week! Students should have received a link through to the induction blog site as part of their enrollment email. The induction schedules are saved on there.
 
Please follow the link in your induction email to view the full schedule and for links to online meeting rooms. Some key dates and times:
 
Level 4
Monday 21st - Welcome to your course session 11:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 23rd - Course Social Activity 14:15 - 15:15
 
Level 5
Thursday 24th
Welcome to Level 5 talk 13:00 - 14:00
Course social activity 14:15 - 15:15
 
Level 6
Friday 25th
Welcome to Level 6 talk 13:00 - 14:00
Course social activity - 14:15 - 15:15
 
Level 6 (top-up)
Friday 25th
Welcome to Level 6 talk - 12:00 - 13:00
Course social activity - 14:15 - 15:15
 
Please refer to the full schedule for links and to make sure that you don't miss anything.
 
See you next week!
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Hello, and welcome to Sheffield Hallam University! My name is Tom Payne and I'm the Course Leader for the BA (hons) Acting and Performance. 

It's not long since we said a fond farewell to students who have been with us since September 2017, and now we're busy finalising preparations for the coming academic year. As one year group departs, a new cohort of students are set to arrive. I'm really looking forward to meeting all of our new Level 4 recruits as they begin their journey on the recently designed BA (hons) Acting and Performance: an industry facing degree that places 'acting', 'performing', and 'change making' at its core. 

The University's mission is simple: it aims to transform lives. And this is something that we take very seriously as a course team, not only by shaping our students' futures and preparing them for life after graduation, but also by creating knowledge through research and industry partnerships that provide practical solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges.

In the first year of the degree students can expect to learn acting and technical skills in audio, screen, and ensemble performance. They will also engage with industry partners, with the aim of responding to commissions that have real world value and impact. And they will begin the process of developing a professional portfolio that they will be encouraged to populate over the course of the degree, in preparation for graduation and whatever awaits them on their journey after their time with us. 

In the final year of their degree, they will take part in Change Makers festival, a new, outward facing showcase event that our new Level 5s have been busy developing in the last academic year in partnership with Theatre Deli. Change Makers festival will provide a platform for our students to present innovative new work, some of which will engage with issues of social justice and creative ways of making change through theatre and performance. 

While much teaching will be online, we've got some exciting face-to-face practical work planned too. We're also keen to use digital methods to ensure that there are social opportunities for students from across the year groups to meet up online. With this in mind, our Level 6 students are busy organising a regular 'scratch night', where there will be an opportunity to get involved and share short, fun, informal, work-in-progress performances. The first of these will be online on the first Wednesday in October (that’s the 7th), and then others will follow on the first Wednesday in November and December. The organising team will be announcing details soon, so watch out for that!

The course team (myself, Henry, Neil, Kate, Sophie, Dani, and Hayley) are really looking forward to getting to know you. You can find out a bit more about us here. We're keen that you settle in quickly and comfortably, and to help with that, you will be allocated an Academic Advisor. These will be Dani and Neil, and there will be an opportunity to meet them online in induction week.

Our website features lots of information about the course, so if you're joining us this September, I encourage you to take time to have a look. There are lots of photos and videos of the work that we have made in the past in the 'projects' section, see here.

In the meantime, feel free to join me on this online community where you can take part in the course conversation. Create an account, set up a profile and say hello! Follow the link top right.

See you at Induction!

Tom

(Course Leader, BA Acting & Performance) 

 

 

 

 

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Call out: A Fresh Batch of Scratch 3 !

It's here, it’s here, no need to panic! Here is the sing up sheet for the third FRESH BATCH OF SCRATCH (scratch night), taking place on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. It's your last chance to perform at the scratch in 2020, so do not miss out! This…

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