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At Beverley’s East Riding Theatre, be blow-dried away by the John Godber’s Company’s hilarious play I Want That Hair showing from 6th March, and you’d better practise your Irish jig, because on the 17th March East Riding Theatre celebrates St Patrick’s Night with the very best of local music, songs, poetry and stories.
The poignant Diary of Anne Frank is at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre, from the 11th March, and on 1st March Scratchworks Theatre Company presents the untold tale of the women behind the heist of the century in The Great Train Robbery.
At the Parkway Cinema Cleethorpes Class Act Theatre Company takes us on a thrilling journey of music from films and shows in Happily Ever After, on 17th March
If you enjoy your history lessons with a bit of blood and guts, Horrible Histories performs at Grimsby Auditorium from 6th March, and the Take That Experience celebrate 25years as the number one tribute act on the 14th March.
At the Hull Truck Theatre, you can see a night of spectacular and inspirational dancing, with Emergence on 19th March. Claire Teal and her Trio celebrate popular music from the golden age of song on the 21st March.
At the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe Made in Dagenham is a thought-provoking and high energy musical about women’s empowerment in the 1960s motor industry from 5th March, and, over at the Baths Hall, the Circus of Horrors: Psycho Asylum returns with a sensational and scary circus act on the 14th March
Tributes abound at the Hull City Hall When Big Girls Don’t Cry transport you back to the days of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on the 9th March, or if the 90s is more your thing, Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show plays on 15th March.
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A MISSING MURAL
This article was specially written by local poet Pete Cullum.
Frederico García Lorca was a poet, playwright and author.
He was born in 1898 on the outskirts of Granada in the Andalusia region of Spain and was very successful during the 1920’s and 30’s. His ‘Gypsy Ballads’ poems have received much critical acclaim. He was outspoken against Franco during the Spainish Civil War and was killed by soldiers of his regime in 1936. Documents released in the 1960’s revealed that Lorca was taken from his home and executed by Franco’s soldiers. The documents stated that Lorca was a “Socialist”, a “Freemason” and engaged in “homosexual and abnormal behaviour”.
I first came across Frederico García Lorca in a song called ‘Spanish Bombs’ on the album ‘London Calling’ by The Clash. It was written by Joe Strummer from the band. I knew that the song was about the Spanish Civil War but didn’t pay that much attention to the words at the time. I just really liked the song.
Joe Strummer died in 2002 of a congenital heart defect at the age of 50. In 2011, the people of Granada decided to name a square in the town ‘Placeta Joe Strummer’, erecting a mural in his memory.
Joe used to go to Granada a lot and came to love the place, referring to it as his corazón (‘heart’) in the song ‘Spanish Bombs’. Joe became very interested in Lorca’s work and thought his poems were amazing. He was very well known in Granada and worked with local band ‘091’. He must have made a tremendous impact on the locals for them to create a space in his honour ten years after his death.
I recently went to Placeta Joe Strummer on a visit to Granada. As a big fan of Joe Strummer and The Clash, it was a bit of a pilgrimage for me to go to the place. When I arrived there, it was clear that someone had removed the mural and the words ‘Placeta Joe Strummer’ appeared to have been painted in place where the mural should have been.
I tried to find out what happened to the mural but to date, have had no joy. Maybe it was stolen. If that was the case, I have a feeling that the Joe would see the funny side.
BY Pete Cullum