Fennikusu’s Pete Gibson is about to resurrect his role as a forgotten jewel from an Indian-based 1970’s sitcom. And it’s all in a bid to help disadvantaged people enter the arts. Pete will be playing “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” favourite Don Estelle in a short play about the performer’s turbulent career, aptly entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the King of Crumpsall” (May 18th and 19th Gulliver’s, Oldham Street, Manchester, tickets from https://bit.ly/2I6R6yi). Born as Ronald Edwards in North Manchester, Estelle’s career peaked in…Continue Reading “Actor has Lofty ambitions”

You are going to LOVE one of the stars of outdoor hit “As you Like it” in a forthcoming fundraiser. Fennikusu founder Hadesa Sonné wooed audiences as shepherdess Audrey (plus a myriad of other roles) in the Cream Faced Loons version of #Shakespeare’s celebrated comedy. And they are sure to flock to Gulliver’s (Oldham Street, Manchester) on May 18 and 19th to see her sing, act and direct in “Rising”, a fundraiser to generate cash to enable disadvantaged people to access the arts. Hadesa will open…Continue Reading “Celebrated Loon tunes-up for fundraiser”

Fennikusu together with our friends at Pete Gibson Media and Young Gifted and Black (YGB) is staging a fundraising showcase to enable those excluded from the arts to get their voices heard. “Rising” features an exciting range of new writing focusing on subjects such as the #MeToo campaign, Windrush, domestic violence, racism and the legacy of slavery. But there will also be some light relief in the form of songs and side-splitting sketches – all penned by fledgling authors. The evening is the brainchild of…Continue Reading “Help them to rise and shine”

Two of our leading lights Tasharelle Jones-Hoyes and Pete Gibson have founded a brand new production company – Young, Gifted and Black (YGB). YGB aims to create opportunities to forge unity through creativity and inspire confidence (particularly from artists of colour) and raise their profile through theatre events and film. And it all sprung out of meeting at Fennikusu’s “Stigma” mental health showcase when our duo discovered that putting new faces and voices onto the stage really could be achieved. Though our aims are similar…Continue Reading “Gifting them the chance”

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”