Drama Goes Digital 

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform as part of its National Theatre Connections Programme. Each year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK produce a Connections play. 

This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Connections venues have adapted by creating

online digital festivals. Fifteen young actors, ages 14-18, from three island high schools and  UCM are representing the Isle of Man in the National Theatre’s Connections Programme, which is based at the Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road in Douglas.

This year’s chosen play, selected by the young Manx actors, is called ‘Wind / Rush

Generation(s)’ written by Mojisola Adebayo. This is a play about the British Isles, its colonial past and its impact on the present. Set in a senior common room, in a prominent university, a group of 1st year undergraduates are troubled, not by the weight of their workload, but by a ‘noisy’ ghost.

Director, Shawn Sturnick said: ‘Whilst we would typically travel to a partner theatre to perform in a professional space and attend a number of workshops, this year we are participating by performing on the island and by submitting a video of our production to a digital festival, supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.’

Performances are on Thursday May 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 per adult and £2 for u16s. Tickets can be purchased via the following link: www.villagaiety.com/ntcwindrush or call the Villa Gaiety Box Office 01624 600555

Do Your Tax Online

The Treasury is encouraging people to do their taxes online rather than filling in paper copies. It says that last year over half of all returns were done online. To enrol for Online Tax Services please visit https://services.gov.im/ or contact the Income Tax and National Insurance Division. 

No Pick n Mix No Flix

A weird story from the Channel Islands as Jersey’s Cineworld isn’t reopening as planned this month because of gov rules which say popcorn and pick n’ mix sweets have to be eaten while sitting at a table. Channel 103 is reporting that Economic Development Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham is trying to fix the issue. He said: ‘Hopefully this can be resolved very quickly by covering cinemas and auditoriums within that order. I’ve asked officers to look at it and hopefully, the Health Minister could sign that off very quickly.’

Can’t Pay We’ll Take it Away

A county court judgement has been registered against Boris Johnson’s name for an unpaid debt of £535. The court order, which names Mr Johnson, of 10 Downing Street, was made on 26 October, according to a database of judgements. The creditor and nature of the debt are not included in the database record, which was first reported by Private Eye magazine. A Downing Street Spokesman said: ‘An application will be made for an order to set aside the default judgment, to strike out the claim and for a declaration that the claim is totally without merit.’

Covid Inquiry

A public inquiry is to be held into the UK Gov’s handling of the Covid pandemic. Boris Johnson announced the inquiry, which will have legal powers, will begin in Spring 2022. Mr Johnson said the government was ‘fully committed to learning the lessons at every stage of this crisis’. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the inquiry should begin later this year.

Israel Palestine

The UN is warning that a ‘full-scale war’ may break out between Israel and Palestine as the exchange of fire between the two continues. More than 1,000 rockets have now been fired by Palestinian militants over 38 hours, Israel said, most at Tel Aviv.

Israel itself has carried out hundreds of air strikes, destroying two tower blocks in Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday. At least 53 Palestinians and six Israelis have been killed since Monday. That includes 14 Palestinian children caught up in the conflict. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was ‘gravely concerned’ by the ongoing violence.

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