‘The Comedy of Errors’

In the first event of its kind for our village, bring a picnic blanket or camping chair – drinks and some food – to see a William Shakespeare play in the open air on The Green at 5pm this Saturday, 16th July, for FREE! Nottingham Shakespeare Company is to perform ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on our village green as part of a short, summer tour.  It’s being staged there courtesy of Ruddington Parish Council and there are no tickets or admission fee – you can simply turn up! Michelle-Louise Wright, NSC Director, explains:…

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Free Shakespearean Treat for Ruddington!

In the first event of its kind for our village, there should be laughs-a-plenty this weekend when one of The Bard’s humorous works receives an ‘al fresco’ performance. This Saturday, 16th July, Nottingham Shakespeare Company is presenting ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on our village green as part of a short, summer tour.  It’s being staged there courtesy of Ruddington Parish Council and there are no tickets or admission fee. We can simply turn up! Director, Michelle-Louise Wright explains: “Our mission is to bring brilliant and accessible Shakespeare to everyone, especially newcomers,…

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Freedom Dance & Performance

Did you know that Ruddington boasts its very own ‘Fame’ school?* The rather understated purple doorway leading into Number 7, Charles Street, may not seem quite as salubrious as the famous ‘High School of Performing Arts’ in New York City did back in the ’80s. But Ruddington’s ‘Freedom Dance & Performance’ has always aimed big – and consequently has found perhaps rather more than its fair share of ‘Fame’ along the way!? Principal Stacey Green is a fully qualified I.S.T.D teacher with years of experience both as a performer and choreographer. She launched ‘Freedom’ in…

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Ruddington Dance Teacher Launches Racial Equality Movement

A national campaign pushing for greater racial equality in dance has been launched by a Ruddington dance teacher. Stacey Green is the Principal of Freedom Dance and Performance Arts School on Charles Street, for children aged 2 to 18, which she started  in 2002, and these days boasts around 150 pupils. She also co-founded ‘The Freedom Foundation’, which delivers dance, singing and song-writing programmes across schools to improve mental health. Now she’s set up ‘TIRED’ – which stands for ‘Trying to Improve Racial Equality in the Dance industry’. The movement aims to spark conversation…

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The Show Must Go On!

The ‘purple door to fame’ at Freedom Dance & Performance at 7, Charles Street has sadly seen very little movement over these past few months – after all the school’s usual classes were suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, since March 19th, its Principal Stacey Green and her 150 pupils – with ages ranging from 2 to 18 – have been in no mood for sitting around idly during the ‘lockdown’. From the safety of their homes in Ruddington (and, in some cases, much further afield) they began to…

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Ruddington’s Own Gene Kelly!

An award-winning, young performer from Ruddington pays homage to one of the Hollywood greats in a new video – by literally following in his footsteps from the 1952 musical film ‘Singing in’ in the Rain’. Twenty year-old Louis Gaunt from our village is currently appearing in the musical “Gypsy” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. As a fun, side-project he and fellow cast member Alastair Crosswell learnt the ‘Moses Supposes’ tap dance routine performed in the classic movie by Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. The video production team tracked down clothing and props…

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Ruddington’s Own ‘Fame’ School

The rather understated purple doorway leading into Number 7, Charles Street, may not seem quite as salubrious as the famous ‘High School of Performing Arts’ in New York City did back in the ’80s. But Ruddington’s ‘Freedom Dance & Performance’ has always aimed big – and consequently has found perhaps rather more than its fair share of ‘Fame’ along the way!? Principal Stacey Green is a fully qualified I.S.T.D teacher with years of experience both as a performer and choreographer. She launched ‘Freedom’ in our village in 2002 with the motto “Training tomorrow’s stars…

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Louis Sweeps Up an Award!

A 19 year-old Ruddington performer has received yet more national recognition by winning an award for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’. At the weekend Louis Gaunt lifted the The Stage’s ‘Debut Awards’ accolade for his key role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic ‘Oklahoma!’ after playing the part of cowboy Will Parker in a production at the prestigious Grange Park Opera House in Horsley. Louis is the son of Freedom Dance & Performance principal Stacey Gaunt and started training here in Ruddington at the age of four. His talents led him to being…

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Louis for the London Palladium!

An 18 year-old Ruddington dancer is getting his big break on stage in the capital this Christmas – with a five week run at the London Palladium. Louis Gaunt is the son of Freedom Dance & Performance principal Stacey Green and started training at the age of four. His talents led him to being offered a full scholarship to one of the top colleges in the country, the renowned Performers’ College in Essex, where he is now in his final year studying professional dance and musical theatre. Louis has already had a…

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Ruddington’s Got Talent!

Or has it?? Well, that’s for YOU to prove! A new event to round off this year’s RuddFest is providing a showcase for village performers to do their thing on the big stage at The White Horse pub in our village. Organiser Andy Hunt told RUDDINGTON.info “It’s a talent show for all ages of Ruddington. From musicians to magicians. If they have what it takes we will provide their stage!!!” Online auditions are now being invited – where wannabe contestants just need to send a video of their audition by private message on the White…

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