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Another chance to vote for us in the Journal Culture Awards

Earlier this year we asked you to vote for us in the Journal Culture awards. If you didn’t get the chance, don’t worry – you have another opportunity!
We’re delighted to see that this year they will be held in Sunderland – at the Minster – on June 30th, and the Journal has opened up the nomination process again, for one week only.
You have until this Sunday, the 17th of May, to head over to their website and vote for I Left My Heart In Roker Park, and the team behind it.
The Journal Culture Awards  aims to recognise outstanding achievements in the arts throughout last year – and we’d like your vote one last time please!  Closing date is 17th May, so you haven’t got long.  It will only take a few minutes, and you’ll really help to establish Cranked Anvil in the North East Arts scene, as we strive to do bigger and better things in the coming year.

There are several categories in which you could cast a vote, so if you have the time, please feel free to vote in all of them (details below).

Voting form is here

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR  (vote for ‘Cranked Anvil – I Left My Heart In Roker Park’)

 This award is for a group or company who you have seen or heard in 2014. Has a performance in the North East raised the hairs on the back of your neck, moved or inspired you? If the answer is yes we want to hear about it. Examples could include dance, music, stage/theatre or comedy productions.


 This award will recognise an individual performer who has stood out during 2014. We’re welcoming nominations for actors, dancers, musicians, singers, spoken word artists and comedians. Nominations can be for one stand out performance which got your attention or for a collection of performances throughout the year.

WRITER OF THE YEAR  (vote for ‘Tom Kelly’ – writer of I Left My Heart…)

 This award will recognise an author, playwright, screenwriter or poet who has had some outstanding work published or performed during 2014.
Thanks everyone!

Roker Park play a huge success – one FINAL date added!

Sat 27 Sept 2014

Well, we’re coming to the end of this mini-tour of I Left My Heart In Roker Park, and we’ve had an amazing time with it! Extra dates kept on having to be added, and the houses just kept on filling!  So much so, that we’ve been invited back by the Customs House for one FINAL performance on 11th October!  You can read the details here.

And we’ve been delighted to work alongside Michael Ganley, who under the banner of SAFC Museum, has displayed some of his fantastic collection of Sunderland and football memorabilia. Check out the photos in our gallery further down this page. You’ll also see that one of the performances was attended by some former Sunderland players: Maurice Hepworth (who is now chairman of the Former Players Association), and ’73 Cup Final player Micky Horswill. It was a pleasure to have them at the show – and we’re looking forward to hopefully welcoming more ex-players on 11th October.

So, if you couldn’t get a ticket this time round, or if you want to come back and see it again – or even if you just want to come and try on Ian Porterfield’s ’73 tracksuit top and possibly meet some former Sunderland stars, then make sure you book your tickets at the Customs House soon!

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More tickets available!…

Sunday 10th August 2014

Due to even more popular demand, we’re adding yet another extra date to our run of I Left My Heart In Roker Park at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

With the weekend dates practically sold out, you can now also see the show there on Friday 26th September, at 7.30pm.

And, if you haven’t already seen it on our home page, here’s the newly-produced trailer for the show…

If you fail to plan, plan to fail…

12 JAN 2013.  Well, we certainly can’t be accused of failing to plan.

Already, the REP has a list of plans for 2013, as we aim to really stamp our presence in the city of Sunderland and beyond.  Our opening production for this year – the first in a series of rehearsed readings – is already well underway, and will take place on 31st January.  Go here for more details.

Then in February we are planning a fantastic event for Valentine’s Night, which will take place in a popular restaurant in the heart of the city.  We’re currently finalising the details for that, so keep an eye on this site for more details as they emerge.

Comedy is high on the list of priorities for us here at the REP.  As well as continuing to write and produce our unique style of radio comedies, we will be putting on a comedy sketch night (heavily influenced by Python, no doubt!) some time towards the end of February/early March. We are hoping to work closely with a local charity, and all the profits from the night will be donated to them.

Continuing with the comedy theme, our good friends at Mackem Laugh have worked like trojans over the past year to build up an incredibly successful comedy club here in the city.  In July this year they will be hosting Sunderland’s first ever Comedy Fringe Festival, and Sunderland REP plan to be a part of that fantastic event.  We will certainly be mounting a production to put on as part of the festival (probably a ramshackle bunch of half-written sketches and badly composed songs with rude lyrics!), as well as helping where we can on the organising side of things.

Emily Davison
Emily Davison
Victoria Hall Memorial, Mowbray Park
Victoria Hall Memorial, Mowbray Park

We also plan to stage some serious plays this year.  In June, we’ll be presenting a new piece about Emily Davison, the suffragette who was killed after stepping out in front of King George’s horse as it ran the Derby, and November will see us mount a new work surrounding the subject of the JFK assassination.  We’ve also had the recent privilege of reading a fantastic script by local writer and director Kayleigh Oliver about the 1883 Victoria Hall disaster, and we’re hoping to work with her this year to produce it somewhere in the city.

So plenty of plans already – and that’s only the ones we’ve started working on…

We’re very excited to have had a meeting yesterday with Chris Alexander, the head of events at Sunderland City Council.  Chris is a highly driven man, a real advocate for Sunderland and passionate about its potential.  2013 sees Sunderland celebrating 21 years as a city, and there will be a whole host of exciting, innovative and truly inspirational events happening citywide throughout the year.  Take a look at the Sunderland Live listings page – and keep checking it because it will no doubt be added to.

It was an interesting meeting, where much was discussed and agreed upon. We here at the REP liked the sound of a lot of what Chris told us (you may already have seen on his twitter feed that there’s a possibility of a screening of the ’73 FA Cup – and that’s just for starters!) and we’re looking forward to being involved in what we think will prove to be a special year of celebrations!

2012 may have been Britain’s year of celebration.  2013 should most certainly be Sunderland’s Year – and the REP plan to be right there in the midst of the celebrations.