Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Performing Artist of the Year; This Award Recognises an Individual Performer, or Group Who Has Stood out during 2014. We Welcomed Nominations for Actors, Dancers, Musicians, Singers, Spoken Word Artists and Comedians. Nominations Could Be for One Stand out Performance or for a Collection of Performances throughout the Year

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Performing Artist of the Year; This Award Recognises an Individual Performer, or Group Who Has Stood out during 2014. We Welcomed Nominations for Actors, Dancers, Musicians, Singers, Spoken Word Artists and Comedians. Nominations Could Be for One Stand out Performance or for a Collection of Performances throughout the Year

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Hyde And Beast Sunderland outfit Hyde and Beast's bluesy, glam-infused tunes soundtracked the summer of many a North-Eastern music fan.

Having released their second album, Keep Moving in August and played a batch of related sets at local music festivals, the band - David Hyde and Neil Bassett of Futureheads and Golden Virgins back catalogue fame respectively, also played a UK tour in the autumn. Live performances saw the duo become a six piece, including Hyde's fellow Futurehead (and brother), Barry.

The band donated the recent release of the album's title track to Prostate Cancer UK's 2015 television ad and opened the Men United's Tyneside Takeover for the charity, giving a free performance in Newcastle.

Listen to their new single, Hard Times Good Times here: https://soundcloud.com/hyd/ hyde-beast-hard-times-good-times or get the full experience and watch them play live at one of the many festivals they're performing at, including Sunniside and Summer Streets in Sunderland and Corbridge Festival Jos Vantyler In a two-handed production, you might expect to see only two characters on stage. During 2014's Flying into Daylight - written by Emmy-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson and directed by Live Theatre's artistic director Max Roberts - there were 18 roles to see.

Seventeen of these were performed by Jos Vantyler, an award-winning Irish actor who was cast opposite Summer Strallen in the piece, which premiered at Live in November 2014.

During a "remarkable display of talent", Jos played every male character encountered by Strallen's Virginia on her quest to discover the Argentinian Tango, switching effortlessly from a sultry Argentinian dance instructor to a London salesman and so on as the carefully choreographed action was played out.

"He is one to watch in every sense of the word, morphing smoothly from Marco, the Tango-teaching martinet, to anxious Phil. He also, with great aplomb, takes on all the other male cameos," said Culture Editor David Whetstone in his review.

Currently performing in Sir Jonathan Miller's production of King Lear for Northern Broadsides, Jos says: "It's great to be nominated for this award. …

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