Fennikusu ‘s founder has been bringing the Bard to the screen – as Touchstone’s unlikely lover in an online version of “As You Like It”. Hadesa Sonné has been playing Audrey in a special You Tube version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy called “The Reel Ceels” – see https://bit.ly/2C6nrl2 The 25-part romp has been staged by the Cream Faced Loons company, headed by firm friend of Fennikusu, Abey Bradbury. As anyone who came to our “Stigma” mental health showcase will recall, Abey produced a sizzling set…Continue Reading “Hadesa’s the real ceel”

Fennikusu’s leading man is going West to Liverpool – to appear as a traumatised sheriff. Star of “Stolen Moments” Pete Gibson is saddling-up to play Angus Cornell in “Barn Swallows” a far from traditional Western examining the emotional carnage after the American Civil War. And we can exclusively reveal he will also be appearing on TV news to plug the play soon. Pete said: “Barn Swallows examines the triggers of violence, racial abuse, misogyny, even gender politics. In fact though it is set in the…Continue Reading “Fly down to the Barn Swallows”

Fennikusu’s fledgling show received glowing reviews and helped raise awareness of mental health issues. Called “Stigma” the Mind charity fundraiser featured spoken word, song, drama and stand-up comedy. Whilst entertaining and full of laughter, its serious point was that everything from obsessive compulsive disorder to depression and even suicidal tendencies can be overcome with understanding and enlightenment And that was something our reviewers picked-up on and celebrated. So if you would like to read more, go to : https://number9reviews.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-stigma-kings-arms-salford.html Fennikusu is a brand new arts…Continue Reading “Why Stig-mattered!”

A Manchester campaigner has been left “physically sickened” by the fat-headed responses to an image of a naked black woman – designed to promote a major fashion company.   Hadesa Sonné who heads-up the Fennikusu theatre company, was left feeling repulsed by comments posted by trolls following the online publication of the picture of a plus-size nude female – celebrating the human body on the Missguided Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Missguidedcouk/photos/a.190279077186/10155877603137187/?type=3&theater   Ranging from remarks about how the image promotes obesity to downright degrading smears about so-called…Continue Reading “Black women left with “fat chance” of success while prejudice exists”

A Manchester production company named after the Japanese word for “phoenix” wants people who have felt excluded from the arts to rise up, find their voice and FLY! Founded by Manchester writer, director and producer Hadesa Sonné,  Fennikusu will be staging theatre shows, dance and drama workshops and organising collaborating writing projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. And with research showing that close on half of Britain’s top actors went to leading fee paying schools they are determined to break the old boy’s…Continue Reading “Phoenix company to fire up rising theatre talent”

“Stolen Moments’”’ leading man is about to star in a darkly comic drama set in a betting shop. Pete Gibson who played philandering husband Steve Smith in Fennikusu’s critically acclaimed production in 2017,  will be portraying a taxi driver who doubles-up – as an Elvis impersonator! Staged as part of the Greater Manchester (GM) Fringe Festival, “Powerhouse Town” looks at the lives of six people set against the backdrop of a Manchester betting shop. By closing time one of them is dead. The play examines…Continue Reading “Pete portrays Presley in Powerhouse Town”

Fennikusu associate and star of “Stolen Moments” Sarah Wilkinson is about to direct a play named, “The Séance”. Staged at the vibrant 53Two theatre from the 5th to the 7th July, Andrew Siddall’s drama takes the audience on a journey with Danny, a young man who is faced with making an agonising decision about the love of his life, Kate. The Séance is a Northern comedy set in Manchester about love, life, soul mates and the torment of that dreaded life question, ‘should I, shouldn’t…Continue Reading “Stolen Moments star Sarah directs The Séance”