Tottenham's Got Talent

This is a much delayed blog post to say that we are very pleased to announce the total raised by the Tottenham Benefit Gig, from tickets, raffle and cake sale was…..£1532! Thanks to everyone who took part, you’re amazing!

In case you weren’t able to come, here’s a video of Platinum Performing Arts* performing their spectacular nine-minute routine. If any other artists have video from the gig, we’d love to post it here, just let us know.

* Unfortunately the video can’t be embedded in this post due to the music used.

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David trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has performed all over the World: From Florida State Television to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. In the UK, he has performed in the West End, filmed with Jack Black and sung on Live TV.

David most recently finished playing Prince Valiant in Sleeping Beauty at Potters Bar. During 2010 he starred in 6 short films due for release throughout 2011. He has taken lead roles in the UK premiere of Maya, sung at Talent 2011 at the Criterion Theatre (in aid of The Theatrical Guild) and appeared in Stage Kiss, a new play at The Space.

He has appeared at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Soho Theatre and the Greenwich Theatre. He also sings with The London Show Choir and works extensively with Leontine Hass and The Associated Performers Studio. In summer 2010, he made his live TV debut, singing with The ClasSix on Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing, watched by 1.5 million people.

For more information about David, visit http://www.davidomahony.co.uk

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Shirley E Mason, also known as Cuban Redd, is a veteran performer of the London Poetry performance circuit, including appearances at Centerprise, Express Excess and Big Word.  She has taken part in several festivals over the years, including Haringey, Hay on Wye Literary, Stoke Newington, and three times at the International Edinburgh Fringe.

She has spent the last 15 years as co-founder and developer of Face Front Inclusive Theatre.  She is currently Artist in Residence at Millfield Arts Centre where she is preparing for her second one woman show UTOPIA after successfully writing and starring in Who Feelz It Knows It in 2010.

Shirley has been published in the company of such performers as Benjamin Zephaniah in the anthology Moving Voices – Black Performance Poetry published by Hansib in 2002.

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Peter’s first break came about when he landed a role in the original West End production of “Rent”. After understudying the lead role of Roger for eight months, he was then offered the part full time.

Since then, he has played MacHeath in Theatr Clwyd’s production of “The Threepenny Opera”, was one of the lead vocalists in the Beatles tribute show “All You Need Is Love” at the Queen’s Theatre, and played the part of P Puff Diddy Daddy Dum Diddy Doo in the ensemble for “We Will Rock You” while also covering the roles of Galileo and Britney.  Peter has toured as backing singer for Michael Ball’s “Love Tour”and as a principal singer on “Thriller Live”.

Currently he’s working as a lead vocalist with “The Magic Of Queen – A Rock Symphonic Spectacular” in both the UK and America, as well as in “The Phil Hilborne Band” featuring Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain on drums. Through this band he has worked with a number of other rock legends, such as Neil Murray and Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake, Jeff Whitehorn (Procol Harem), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), and guitar supremo Steve Vai.

He is also lead singer of Led Zeppelin tribute band Hats off to Led Zeppelin

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MeMe Productions was formed in 2006 to produce high quality shows throughout Hertfordshire.  MeMe is unique for a theatre company, in that there is no core membership – everyone auditions only for shows they would like to do. This means audiences will see different performers at each show.

As there is no committee for MeMe all decisions about shows are made between the Producer and the production crew. This means that each show will have different artistic input, which generates interest for not only the cast but the audience too.

MeMe will be presenting from their upcoming show, Hair.  More than just a musical, Hair is a social and cultural phenomenon, a jubilant assertion of life and freedom and a cry of protest against politicians who, in the late 1960s, sent a generation of young Americans to war.

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Nate Young has been involved in music for as long as he can remember, starting as the youngest member of his church’s gospel choir.   Now 21, Nate has worked with many stars, including Chipmunk, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah, Ortise Williams (JLS) and Ghetts.

Nate has been working on his debut album at his very own studio Young Music.  More information can be found at http://www.nateyoungmusic.co.uk/

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Artcha is another of the local artists giving his time and talent for Tottenham’s Got Talent.  We asked him a few questions about what it means to him.

You grew up in Tottenham. Do you recognise the Tottenham you see on the news?
Yes, born and raised in Tottenham, so the recent riots affected me personally. I’ve grown up here, shopped here, worked here, so visiting the area after was a massive shock. It looked like a war zone.

What do you like most about your neighbourhood?
I love Tottenham because it is multi-cultural, everyone is generally friendly and people normally work together and support each other.

Tell me something about how it felt to be living in Tottenham during the recent riots.
In one word: surreal. I was actually out of the area at the time, but when I came back that evening, it was shocking – burnt-out shops, homes vandalized, police cars on fire. A film set would have been out of place at the time.

I felt like the community was under attack. Most of the troublemakers were not from Tottenham.

You went out to record your own video of the aftermath. Why did you want to do that?
Like I said earlier, this was personal, I felt extremely emotional about what had happened in my hometown and wanted to reflect the views of the people at the time. My team (www.3meworld.com) took our cameras down to the High Road and back streets to get people’s reactions. We met old and young, from various cultural backgrounds, but there was a united voice, and people were disgusted with the previous night’s events.

We realised that the world’s media were conducting their reports, but felt they may not represent all of the different people affected.

Do you think these events will influence your music and lyrics?
It was so weird because at the time i didn’t even think about music – I was so consumed with the breaking news and information I was getting through about people I knew who had lost their homes or livelihoods, listening or making music wasn’t immediately in my mind.

It took about a week when all the other riots were occurring for me to begin shaping my thoughts and observations. The day I sat down to write, it took me 20 minutes to write my thoughts down to a suitable instrumental. I recorded it the same day and sent out the link in the evening.   [Here’s that link: Listen to 11th Hour on Soundcloud.]

What does it mean to you to be involved in Tottenham’s Got Talent?
Everything. I felt involved with the people of Tottenham from the beginning, and have been raising awareness through various media outlets since, so this is the perfect platform to bring people together and be positive about the future of Tottenham.

Now that things are mostly back to normal, what favourite thing are you most looking forward to doing in Tottenham?
Getting back in the studio and working with some local artists to raise more awareness and stay positive.

Find out more about Artcha here.

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