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Issue:- Thursday, 04 November 2016

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New Adventures to bring Matthew Bourne's production of 'The Red Shoes' to Salford, Manchester

NEW Adventures will bring their World Premiere of Matthew Bourne's production of 'The Red Shoes' to Salford. The show is supported by Arts Council England and will run at The Lowry, Manchester, from 29 November to 3 December 2016. A beloved fairy tale and Academy Award winning movie, 'The Red Shoes' has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and 1 girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the 2 men who inspire her passion.  Creating the coveted role of Victoria Page will be the Australian dancer and New Adventures Principal, Ashley Shaw. Ashley is currently wowing audiences around the UK and receiving rave reviews for her performance as Aurora in Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty". She has been dancing with New Adventures since 2009 performing many of the Company's leading female roles including:- "Nutcracker!", 'Lana' in "The Car Man", 'Kim' in "Edward Scissorhands" and the title role in "Cinderella". This will be her 1st created role in a new production.  Matthew Bourne said:- "It has been a long held ambition of mine to bring "The Red Shoes" to the stage as a dance/drama. It is set in the theatrical world of a touring dance company. It is actually about dance and dancers, a world that we all understand so well. However, the film's genius is to make that theatrical world at times surreal, larger than life and highly cinematic. My challenge will be to capture some of that surreal, sensuous quality within the more natural theatre setting. It has also long been an ambition of mine to bring the incomparable music of Bernard Herrmann to the stage. It has been fascinating to discover how much of this music lends itself to story telling through dance and this production will, I believe, be the 1st full length ballet to celebrate his unique music."

Matthew Bourne's magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists and the team that brought you the world wide hit, "Sleeping Beauty"; Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).  This World Premiere is set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese), whose work ranges from the witty and playfully robust to the achingly romantic and bittersweet.  An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

Family pay tribute to young mum killed in a road traffic collision

MERSEYSIDE Police were called to College Road, Crosby, following reports of a fatal road traffic collision, on Friday 28 October 2016, involving a Toyota Auris and a pedestrian.  The pedestrian was 33 year old Lauren Johnson. She was taken to Hospital following the collision, but was sadly confirmed as deceased a short time later. We are informed that the driver of the car is helping Police with enquiries.

Lauren's family have issued the following statement as a tribute to the Mum of 2. They said:- "Never was there a time when Lauren put her own thoughts and feelings ahead of those of others. Such selflessness is a rarity these days; that coupled with absolute beauty, humour, and an unrivalled set of principles and morals meant Lauren truly was 1 in a million. A daughter, a sister, a best friend to many, a Wife and a Mother to 2 beautiful young children; Lauren was the picture of happiness. Full of dreams, hopes and aspirations, not just for herself, but for her children too. In an instant Lauren has had her dreams and future snatched away from her, and the glue of this family has been forever broken. But, her absolute determination, selflessness and inspiration means that her 2 children have had the most wonderful start to life, loved in a way only a Mother could love. We will strive as a family to make sure Laurens memory and strength of character lives on in everything we do. Our beautiful children will know all about their Mummy`s smile, success in every aspect of life, and will know just how this truly special Mother embraced all the challenges she faced in a head on and positive manner. Most importantly, Lauren's children will always know how happy they made her. Our family will never get over this, but the kindness of the local community is appreciated and the kind words and actions are both humbling and overwhelming. We ask that during this time we are left to grieve in private and figure out our new life."

Constable Kurt Timpson from the Merseyside Police Roads Policing Unit said the investigation into this tragic collision is still in its early stages and they have appealed to anyone who witnessed it, or has any information and has not yet spoken to them, to contact MSOC Roads Policing on:- 0151 777 5747 or Merseyside Police on:- 101. You can also call Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111 with any information on this incident. Constable Kurt Timpson has reiterated that whilst the family are very grateful for the support shown by the local community, they do ask for privacy at this time.

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