Original GH cast member, Donald Waugh, who played ‘Hughesy’, has been hard at work using his theatrical skills for another good cause. His new production SOZO opens on Tuesday for four nights.
Donald told us ; “I have created a production called SOZO and the production highlights the plight of survivors of homelessness, addiction, mental health and disability. The production opens on Tuesday March 26th at the Streatham space project a new theatre on South London. The production runs for four nights and l have the task of trying to fill as many seats as possible for each night. I’d love for Grange Hill fans to come along and support our production. SOZO uses real people going through mental health challenges, disability, and addiction and homelessness. The characters collectively go on a journey together and come out the other side feeling empowered and with a renewed vision of how to move forward with their lives. Any Grange Hill fans are welcome!”
More details available here.
Jack Grossman’s Pop Pirates (1984)
As well as the fantastic series 5 and 6 of Grange Hill being released on DVD, the end of 2018 also saw some other great GH connected material released.
The Children’s Film Foundation was responsible for many fantastic projects, lots of which were shown on Children’s BBC in the 80s as ‘Friday Film Specials’. Of course some of these films would feature GH alumini, and two such appearances are included in a new release ‘Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box’.
The classic ‘Pop Pirates’ featured Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones) alongside The Who’s Roger Daltrey and has been sought after for many years on DVD. Ricky talks about ‘Pop Pirates’ in our interview here. Lisa East, who played Christine Everson, features in the highly regarded ‘4D Special Agents’. Both films are featured in this new box set, which also includes a documentary detailing the history of CFF.
Ricky and Lisa are both very happy to see their CFF Films finally released with Lisa telling us she received a copy as a birthday present last year.
You can purchase the Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box here
You can purchase Grange Hill series 5 and 6 here.