Cashy C’s the Musical staged in the old store in Bradford town center

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A ‘POLITICALLY charged rap musical’ about the cost of living crisis is staged in a former store in Bradford.

Cashy C’s: The Musical is Bradford poet Kirsty Taylor’s witty and poignant debut, using rap and bassline to tell the stories of “people who live hand to mouth; people who trade in a kettle on Monday and buy it back on Friday because they really need a five”.

Set in a pawn shop, it’s a musical where a department store’s price is about to double, the estate is at an all-time low, and Cashy C’s is booming. But while Callum is embroiled in loan sharking and rumors that he’s a weed, he feels an added layer of trouble – the cost of living here. Can he afford to do the right thing by the people? And if he does, at what cost?

Kirsty says, “Something compelling can happen when our stories are told, with our voice, with our music, by our people. I feel passionate about acknowledging the pain, shame and stigma that poor people experience. I want to present a realistic story without watering down reality and celebrate some of the beautiful characters and relationships we experience as we struggle to our knees.

“I hope to create a sense of unity with my working-class community, those affected by austerity who often feel most helpless.”

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalBradford Poet Kirsty Taylor

The cast is led by rapper Ty Richards, narrating the action, and the grime, bassline and rap music score is produced by local musicians. A music video, Live Like This, promoting the site-specific play was filmed at Holme Wood, East Bowling, Bierley and Westgate Hill.

Kirsty said: “For years Bradford has had a respected and prolific underground scene of rappers, MCs and beatmakers. The rappers capture and articulate the real life of the people of Bradford: the fun bits, the hard bits and everything in between, all delivered in the best “Bratfud” tones. For me, it was the only way to bring the people and the stories of the neighborhood to life.

Kirsty began writing in her early twenties and performed across the UK, telling stories about people, class and “the realities of broken Britain”. She was a BBC Verb New Voice in 2017 and is the creator of Front Room Poetry, bringing poetry to unusual settings such as car parks and housing estates.

Performances of Cashy Cs: The Musical take place at the former Fulton’s Foods store on John Street in Bradford city center today and Friday October 7, then at Keighley Creative, Hanover Street, Keighley, from October 21-23 october. Visit kalasangam.org

* OVER at the Bingley Little Theatre, a powerful drama about a Northern industrial family unfolds on stage.

Rutherford and Son, at the Bingley Arts Center October 24-29, was written by Githa Sowerby in 1912 and reflects her own experiences growing up in a family that owned a glassmaking business.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalThe Cast of Rutherford and Sons

The Rutherford family is led by an overbearing patriarch, whose life revolves around business. Disappointed with his sons, he has little time for women, including his daughter. But one of the women of the house will be a catalyst for change.

The play, set at the end of the 19th century, was initially a hit until its author, KG Sowerby, was discovered to be a woman – then interest waned and the drama took hold. been neglected until a revival of the National Theater in the 1980s.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalDavid Elliott and Becky Hill in Rutherford and Son

Director Glenn Boldy says, “Each character presents challenges to the actors, emotionally and stylistically. It’s dramatic and empowering; written in 1912 but set in 1885 at a time when great social, economic and industrial changes were impacting people’s lives and the “female voice” was beginning to make itself heard.

Call (01274) 567983 or visit bingleyartscentre.co.uk

* CELEBRATING a 50-year milestone as a recording artist, Leo Sayer is heading to Bradford this month.

Racking up a string of No. 1 transatlantic singles and Grammy awards, Leo’s hits include Thunder In My Heart, The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, I Can’t Stop Loving You and When I need you.

During the lockdown, at his home in Australia, Leo spent time recording the singles My City In Lockdown and How Did We Get Here? and collaborating on Tradwinds, a tribute song in memory of his friend, the late guitarist Al Hodge. Leo has also produced a new album, Northern Songs, his own version of songs written and composed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalLeo Sayer is heading to Bradford. Photo: Larnce Gold

Expect all the hits – and more – when Leo hosts the Show Must Go On – 50th Anniversary Tour at St George’s Hall on Tuesday 11 October. Call (01274) 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk

* The complex social history of hair is unraveled in a fascinating exhibition featuring photographs, hairdressing objects and a selection of wigs.

Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries looks back on 70 years of hairdressing in the UK, reflecting the years of the reign of the late Queen. Curators Donna Bevan and Andrew Barton have been inspired by Her Majesty’s style and fashion, from seeing her on royal visits as a child to Andrew being Sky’s style correspondent for recent royal weddings, and Donna giving talks on the Queen’s influence on designers such as Vivienne Westwood.

As her fashion changed, the Queen’s hairstyle remained constant, arranged to look like a crown even when she wasn’t wearing one.

Beehives, Bobs and Blowdries celebrates the barbershop’s role as a community center, a place where important events and current affairs are discussed while people have their hair done. On view at the Caygill Rooms at Piece Hall in Halifax until October 16, it traces the role of hairdressing in fashion and popular culture, the future of the salon and sustainability.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalThe exhibit celebrates the hair salon as a community hub. Photo: Winifred Atwell

It explores the politics of hair, which has deep roots from ritual shaves to the spirituality of dreadlocks, and celebrates hair as a form of self-expression, as well as the cultural and economic shifts that influence key styles.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalHistory of hair. Photo: Alex Hurst

Donna says, “I grew up in a hair salon and hair and styling have been part of my research for 30 years. We celebrate the revolution in technologies, styles and lounge spaces, reflecting the cultural and political shifts of the times. We look forward to hearing more hair stories from visitors.

Some of the local people involved in Cashy Cs: The MusicalThe evolution of hairstyles over the decades is celebrated in the exhibit. Photo: Kirsten Sinclair

Visit thepiecehall.co.uk/event/beehives-bobs-blowdries

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