February 9, 2013
Yes We Can Can
Life Drawing Classes with a Twist, or a Can Can…
Making a living from the arts is testing, in fact survival often demands all our creative attention. And when I meet an artist who meets this challenge with aplomb and business nous, I can only applaud. Natalya Umanska is a Norwich based burlesque dancer, pianist and life model who is combining her talents and love of visual art to open the Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art Class in the East Anglian capital.
Dr Sketchy’s Anti –Art class is a life-drawing class with a twist, or perhaps that’s a can-can. Glamorous models from the world of Burlesque model with their feathers and fans while artists, amateur and professional, turn out their best Toulouse Lautrec-esque sketches. And it’s all done in the best possible taste, dahlink, with wine and conviviality on hand. Such business chutzpah and fun, always deserves a plug. So, if you’re in town come along to the upcoming class on February 27th has an ‘anti-valentine’s’ theme. 7-10pm @ the Unthank Arms, Tickets £10.50 in advance, £12.50 on the door.
From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022.
Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer.
Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series.
Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts).
Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm.
Sue has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy.
An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus.
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February 12th, 2013 at 17:16
I think you need to write a follow-up for all of us too far away to participate.
February 16th, 2013 at 22:14
This certainly sounds more interesting than life drawing classes I’ve sat through. 😉