We are now able to offer lessons in our theatre space for beginner and intermediary artists to develop their skills under the tuition of professional fine artist, Natan Heber. The classes take place on a Thursday evenings from 7pm.
Rates for tuition vary according to your circumstances (there are special rates for the unemployed, elderly and those in full-time education).
Why not attend for a free taster session and chat through your requirements with Natan and he will take account of any unusual circumstances.
On this page you can see several examples of Natan’s own art and see clear evidence of his skill – the kind of skills he would hope to transfer to your palate. We are very proud to have this Brazilian as our artist-in-residence.
Natan will be one of the principal exhibitors at our annual art exhibition in June.
These tutorial groups are deliberately kept small so you can have the individual attention you deserve- but they are also big enough that you can made new friends in a warm and welcoming atmosphere
The new edition of the Shakespearience, “Go Forth With The Shakespearience” is now accepting bookings from schools and community groups. Tickets are free to educational establishments who want to bring along an accompanied group. The project is aimed at students aged 9-14 but is open to anyone above that minimum age.
Performances that are available for booking are as follows:
May 15th (9.30-11.30 a.m.)
May 15th (1pm – 3pm)
May 16th (9.30-11.30 a.m.)
May 16th (1-3pm)
May 17th (9.30-11.30 a.m.)
May 17th (1-3p.m.)
May 18th (9.30-11.30 a.m.)
May 18th (1-3 p.m.)
May 22nd (9.30 – 11.30 a.m.)
May 22nd (1-3 p.m.)
More dates may well be announced once these are booked.
As well as the number below you can call the theatre on 020 8741 1867
This was the second annual Christmas play / pantomime at the Ravenscourt Arts theatre in Hammersmith and saw the theatre once again join forces with the Riding Lights Theatre Company from York to bring joy to the lives of an audience who were mostly between the ages of 4 and 11 with a smattering of teachers and parents.
Cracker the Dog
The play has now finished its residency in Hammersmith but we thought we would review it here as it continues to appear around the country, culminating in some performances in York, right before Christmas.
The story behind the play is surprisingly complex and a little illogical but it has to be said that since even the 4 year-olds had no problem keeping up you shouldn’t either.
After a brief introduction and safety instructions by resident M.C. (and reviewer), Darren Hirst, we were introduced to Ebenezer Sneezer (played by Sarah Jane Lee) and her/his dog Cracker (played by Cracker the Dog) who is ably assisted by Rachel Price.
Ebenezer Sneezer (Sarah Jane Lee)
It seems that Ebenezer and Cracker have no where to spend the night and so they are grateful to stumble on a barn and a blanket (even though the blanket is marked “Do Not Touch” on one side and “Deadly” on the other) as it means they have a way of keeping out of the cold on the way to doing a story-reading at a town centre event. The barn is unfriendly and smelly and it has a sign marked “No singing” on the wall.
The story continues from this opening to unfold a story of redemption in the best “Scrooge” Christmas tradition. There is a mean old woman, Mrs McGinity who owns a donkey called Deadly (don’t think too much about that blanket, it’ll give the game away) and Cracker the dog helps Ebenezer Sneezer understand the true meaning of the story of the baby King who is born in a stable.
Mrs McGinity (Rachel Price)
The stage set is clever and though simple, it is manipulated to provide all the scenes that are required. The lights provide some Christmassy glow and the actors are accomplished, energetic and witty.
Best of all as in last year’s “Goose Chase”, Ravenscourt Arts is a place where the two British traditions of the nativity play and the pantomime are meeting seamlessly. There’s lots of “It’s Behind You” but not so much that it squeezes out the true story of Christmas.
On the opening night of Judie Tzuke’s first UK wide all-acoustic tour, questions were invited from the audience as they will be on every night of this long jaunt around the country.
One sample question: What do you do to keep your voice so strong for so long?
Answer: Nothing. I was once given some vocal exercises but I’m afraid I’ve forgotten them.
And there lies a mystery because Ms Tzuke’s voice is every bit as strong and beautiful as it was when many of this audience first saw her on “Top of the Pops” a few (!) years ago and many a teenage boy fell in love with her. Indeed, it still has that clear platinum sound it always had at its best. Gone are the days when being cast as a rock chick by her record label, she occasionally had to adopt an odd pitch to be heard over the full-on band. Now there is a reassuring comfort about her voice. A full maturity.
The set list for tonight has been changed up from the “secret gig” she played at this very same venue, nearly two months ago, and in the same way there are changes in the band. Graham Kearns on acoustic guitar is where Ben Mark was before and Peter Gordeno (from The Producers and Depeche Mode) on keyboards fills the spot held by Tim Deal last time.
Also we must mention that last time out, Bailey Tzuke was heavy with child. This time, we are told the little one (Rani) is safely backstage!
Bailey Tzuke revisits her hit “Uninvited”
Opening act, Chaz Thorogood delivered, as before, a strong and competent set with some evidence of strong and developing songwriting and a nice cover of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”.
Song changes for the main set? Well, new songs “Soldiers” and “Venus” are in, whilst older songs like “Sukarita” and “Left Hand Talking” are given the night off. Sadly, one of the highlights of last time “The Other Side” is not present tonight but we gain “For You” as an encore.
Besides that it is the same – “Ladies’ Night”, “Bring the Rain” and “Welcome to the Cruise” from the debut album; “Enjoy the Ride” from her project with Morcheeba; “All At Sea”, “If” and “So Emotional” from more recent albums; covers of “Woodstock” and “May You Never” and a lead for Bailey on “Uninvited” and for Tallula Tzuke on “Heartbeats”. And, of course, the big hit, “Stay With Me Till Dawn” to put the cream on top of the luscious cake. All-in-all, a well rounded and thought out set.
All of this broken up by different questions from the audience (although the question about who “Liggers at Your Funeral” was about persists) and different stories.
So refreshing sounds in a delightful sold out venue and vocals which are a marvel at any age. Judie says the musicians on stage and the songs in the set will continue to change up as the tour unwinds so much to look forward to. What’s not to like?!
Ravenscourt Arts is a delightful little venue. Seating 160 with immaculate sound reproduction, great lights, an engaging atmosphere and well-thought-out design, it is a great place to host a concert. Consequently, it is the ideal place for the kind of tasty dish that was served up on Friday night.
Tonight is the “secret” launch night for Judie Tzuke’s first ever full acoustic tour in a long and successful career. There’s some joke about the “pineapple gig” that the all-invited audience seem to be in on but we don’t need to dwell on that. What we have is an acoustic set which spans the bases from the debut album “Welcome to the Cruise” right up to the as-yet-unreleased “Woman Overboard”.
Acoustic shows can sometimes lack energy and seem a little one dimensional but there’s no sense of that here. Ms Tzuke, normally quite a shy and nervous performer, is taking the brave step to tell stories and answer questions from the audience between numbers and this works well giving the whole affair a homely atmosphere.
Tonight’s band adds to that sensation. On backing vocals, we have the double of Judie’s daughters, Bailey Tzuke and Tallula Tzuke. Bailey, of course, is a chart act in her own right with her hit cover of “Uninivited” taking up residence in the British charts a few years ago.
On piano and keyboard is Tim Deal whilst guitar duties are handed to Ben Mark, who is moonlighting from his current gig as musician and composer for Take That.
The set, as we suggested, is a broad-ranging affair. It opens with the title track from that debut album and then winds its way on various stops on Judie’s career. Ben Mark’s contribution is particularly impressive, transforming distinctive hooks and melodies which are normally reserved for an electric instrument on to his acoustic 6-string with great panache on songs like “Sukarita”. Also Mr Deal produces a fetching Hammond-style sound on the song that Judie composed and recorded with Morcheeba, “Enjoy the Ride”.
But it is the vocals that are the real tour-de-force, with not one Tzuke but three taking turns on lead. A heavily pregnant Bailey delivers up a rousing version of the hit Alanis Morrissette composition which she cut with the Freemasons. Her sister, Tallula, also goes the cover route with a version of “Heartbeats” which was originally recorded by The Knife and then made into an acoustic hit by Jose Gonzalez. Judie also has some covers up her sleeve with the Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock” and John Martyn’s “May You Never” (recorded by Ms. Tzuke on her “Beauty of Hindsight” album) being part of the set. The latter sees all three Tzukes alternate on lead to stunning effect.
Most of the rest of the set is made up of sad ballads which suit the thoughtful tone of the show and Judie’s voice just right. “All at Sea”, the early “Ladies’ Night” and Bring the Rain” and the recent “So Emotional” are all here and all right on the money. One of the highlights of the nights is “Left Hand Talking” which has warm backing vocals from the girls.
“Left Hand Talking” is preceded by “The Other Side” which Judie describes as one of her best songs and it lives up to that rep.
The set is rounded out by the inevitable “Stay With Me Till Dawn” with the audience responding to the artist’s request to provide backing vocals. Once more the overall effect of the song is enhanced by the warm sound maintained by the venue.
Support act, Chaz Thorogood, gave a good account of himself. Gritty vocal, gutsy guitar, and some strong compositions, he also threw in a cover of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” for good measure.
Judie Tzuke will return to the same venue in April and then will head out on a nationwide “Songs and Stories” tour where she promises to mix in songs from many parts of her career. If tonight’s show is evidence of what to expect you should attempt to catch her on more than one occasion during that lengthy sequence of shows.