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Parkstead House

Parkstead House known as Manresa House and Bessborough House, is a neo-classical Palladian villa in Roehampton, built in the 1760s. The house and remaining grounds are now part of the University of Roehampton, it is situated on Holybourne Avenue, off Roehampton Lane, next to the Richmond Park Golf Course in the London Borough of Wandsworth. In 1955 it was designated Grade I on the National Heritage List for England, it was built for The 2nd Earl of an Anglo-Irish peer. Construction on the building started circa 1760, by the architect Sir William Chambers, who designed Somerset House in London, it was completed in circa 1768. The building was inspired by Foots Cray Place. A resident of Parkstead was the wife of The 3rd Earl of Bessborough, Henrietta Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough, a Whig hostess and socialite. Lady Bessborough had a relationship with Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville, which produced two children, she had four children with Lord Bessborough. These were: John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby, Lady Caroline Lamb and William Ponsonby, 1st Baron de Mauley.

On the death of Henrietta, in 1821, the 3rd Earl leased the property to a politician, Abraham Robarts, who made it his permanent home. When Robarts died in 1858, The 5th Earl of Bessborough sold the house and forty-two acres of parkland to the Conservative Land Society for division into smallholdings. In 1861, the house and 42 acres of surrounding land was sold to the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit religious order; the Jesuits used the building to house their novitiate and a retreat house for Ignatian spirituality. The house was renamed Manresa House after the town in Spain where Ignatius of Loyola developed his Spiritual Exercises. Within the property, the Jesuits created a cemetery; the first burial was in 1867. The cemetery contained only Jesuits, including Alban Goodier SJ, the Archbishop of Bombay from 1919 to 1926. From Manresa House, the Jesuits served the local Catholic congregations. In the following decades, various churches were built and staffed by the Jesuits, such as Christ the King Church, Wimbledon Park in 1877, St Joseph Church, Roehampton in 1881, Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon in 1884, Corpus Christi Church, Brixton in 1886 and St Winefride Church, South Wimbledon in 1904.

In 1860, they commissioned Joseph John Scoles to design the chapel. It was completed after his death, in 1864, by his pupil S. I. Nicholl. In the 1870s, Henry Clutton designed the north aisle. Clutton designed the long gallery connecting the chapel to the refectory in the new north wing, built in 1880. In 1885, the south wing, designed by Frederick Walters, were added, it copied the elevation of the north wing. With the completion of these two wings the original stable blocks were demolished. One of the Jesuits at Manresa House was the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, he was a novice from September 1868 until September 1870. In the 1950s, London County Council compulsorily purchased the surrounding land and part of the Jesuit land for housing; the last burial in the cemetery was in 1962. By 1962, the Jesuits decided that Manresa would no longer be suitable for a novitiate, when the design of the housing estate was altered to include high rise flats adjacent to their land, they sold the property to the council and the house became part of the Battersea College of Domestic Science.

In October 1966 the college was opened by Shirley Williams who signed the order for its subsequent closure in 1979. The house was acquired as the new home of Whitelands College in 2001, which renamed the estate Whitelands College but referred to the original house as Parkstead House once more, it is now part of the University of Roehampton. Under the guidance of English Heritage the college added extensive new buildings to incorporate lecture theatres, laboratories and student facilities. In the 1880s, Whitelands College, while they were based in Chelsea, commissioned Morris & Co. to make stained glass for their first chapel. This was moved with the college to Putney in 1930. In 2006, the stained glass was moved to Parkstead House; this commissioning of the work happened through the efforts of John Ruskin. In 1883, he wrote to Edward Burne-Jones, on behalf of the college, asking for him and William Morris to do the work. Of the fifteen windows the college received from Morris & Co. twelve were designed by Burne-Jones, three he made with Morris.

Burne-Jones used some of designs he had created for the windows showing saints Agnes, Catherine and Margaret. All of the others were made for the college. In 1886, the reredos behind the altar in the chapel was installed. Although it was designed by William Morris, it was built by Kate Faulkner, sister of Charles Faulkner. Whitelands College website

Springtown, New Jersey

Springtown is an unincorporated community in Greenwich Township, in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States. Springtown is located 6 mi west of Bridgeton, New Jersey. Springtown, the nearby community of Othello, were both founded shortly after the American Revolution by African Americans. Legislation enacted in 1786 enabled Quakers living in Greenwich Township to sell tracts of land to "free negros". Many African Americans soon located to Springtown, the community became a center of abolitionist activity. Harriet Tubman frequented Springtown from 1849 to 1853, the settlement was an important station on the Underground Railroad, with five of Cumberland County's seven "station masters" living there; the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Springtown offered lodging to fugitive slaves traveling north after leaving Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore

Sophie and the Rising Sun (film)

Sophie and the Rising Sun is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is based on the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh; the film stars Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale, Diane Ladd, Lorraine Toussaint and Karen Wheeling Reynolds. It was released in theaters on January 2017 by Monterey Media. Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a willowy fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the compelling story of two interracial lovers, Sophie, an artist who fishes and sells crabs to the townsfolk, the other an Asian gentleman, swept up in the tides of history; as World War II rages in Europe, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town badly beaten and under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship; as their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life.

A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions. Julianne Nicholson as Sophie Willis Takashi Yamaguchi as Grover Ohta Margo Martindale as Anne Morrison Diane Ladd as Ruth Jeffers Lorraine Toussaint as Salome Whitmore Karen Wheeling Reynolds as Isabel Mickey Dodge as Samille Don Henderson Baker as Dr. Gilbert Joel Murray as Sheriff Cooper David Dickson Reynolds as Reverend Jeffers Kenneth Charles Graham as Harold Jackson Sabrina Mayfield as Matilda Jan Hartsell as Minna Cali Ward as Young Sophie Meredith Jackson as Young Ruth Antonio Roberts as Zachary Colie McClellan as Young Anne Ben VanderMey as Soldier The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016; the film was released on January 25, 2017. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 64% based on 11 reviews and an average rating of 4.5/10. As of September, 2019, There is no critical consensus yet.

Sophie and the Rising Sun on IMDb

Christopher Hewett

Christopher Michael Hewett was a British actor and theatre director best known for his role as Lynn Aloysius Belvedere on the ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere. Hewett was born in Worthing, Sussex to an army officer father and an Irish mother, a descendant of Daniel O'Connell, he was educated at Beaumont College and at Wimbledon College, at aged 7, made his acting debut in Dublin stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. At age 16 Hewett joined the Royal Air Force, leaving in 1940. Hewett joined the Oxford Repertory Company and made his West End theatre debut in 1943, he appeared on Broadway in the musicals My Fair Lady, First Impressions, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Music Is and Kean and in the plays Sleuth and The Affair, among others, directed the 1960 Broadway revue From A to Z and the 1967 Off Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical By Jupiter. Hewett directed several stage productions including The Marriage-Go-Round and Beyond the Fringe and Camelot. Hewett made his film debut in the crime drama Pool of London, appeared in roles on Robert Montgomery Presents and DuPont Show of the Month.

He appeared as the grand theatre director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's comedy film The Producers. In 1976, Hewett played the generic bureaucrat Federov in the short-lived sitcom Ivan the Terrible. During the 1979-80 season he played Captain Hook to Sandy Duncan's Peter Pan on Broadway. From 1983 to 1984 he portrayed Lawrence, Mr. Roarke's sidekick on the final season of the ABC series Fantasy Island; the following year, Hewett landed his best known role as Lynn Aloysius Belvedere, an English butler who works for a middle class American family in the sitcom Mr. Belvedere. After the series ended its run in 1990 Hewett appeared in a guest spot on an episode of the NBC teen sitcom California Dreams in 1994, his last onscreen role was a cameo appearance on the Fox series Ned and Stacey in 1997. A devout Catholic and lifelong bachelor, Hewett served at St. Victor's Church in West Hollywood. During his years, he suffered from arthritis and diabetes. Hewett died on 3 August 2001, at his Los Angeles home from complications of diabetes.

He was 80 years old. List of Worthing inhabitants Christopher Hewett at the Internet Broadway Database Christopher Hewett at Find a Grave Christopher Hewett on IMDb Christopher Hewett at the Internet Off-Broadway Database


Bommalata is a Telugu children's film, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi The film's Puppetry work was done by Dadi Pudumjee, along with art direction by Bhupesh R Bhupathi, won the Best Film in Telugu at the 53rd National Awards. Sai Kumar won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the film. Sai Kumar... Child Artiste Shriya Saran... Guest Appearance Allari Naresh... Guest Appearance Shiva... Child Artiste Tanikella Bharani... Tea Stall Owner Viren Thambidorai... Tea Stall Customer; this character is heart-touching. He did his best when it came to how he felt with his first friendship, how desperate is he to study, how daring he is and last, but not the least, his honesty. National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu National Film Award for Best Child Artist 2005 - Sai Kumar

Theatre for Early Years

Theatre for Early Years or TEY is a blanket term for theatrical events designed for audiences of pre-school children. TEY is considered to be a sub-category of Theatre for Young Audiences. TEY is known in the US as Theatre for the Very Young, or TVY, it has been defined as “professional theatre led by adults performing for an audience of babies from months old to toddlers one and a half to two years old accompanied by a parent or adult companion. Babies sit on their caregiver's lap or in a stroller, watch a play - between 30 to 45 minutes long - designed for them”. In addition, performances for newborns, centring on bonding and attachment, more participatory productions which invite children to enter the performance area for a time have become common. Productions aimed at foetuses and expectant mothers have been created. TEY arguably emerged in 1978 with the work of Theatre Kit and Oily Cart. Chris Speyer, founder of radical children’s theatre company Theatre Kit, described the epiphany which led to the earliest experiments in TEY: The move into under fives theatre was prompted by an occasion when we took Katherine's niece Annie aged three, to see a performance of one of our shows for children.

Finding that various aspects of the show frightened Annie, Katherine decided that we should develop a form of theatre tailored to the needs and concentration spans of under fives. Several members of Theatre Kit went on to make Oily Cart's Exploding Punch & Judy in 1981, Oily Cart have gone on to produce at least one show a year for under-fives, although it was not until 2002 that they began making work for the youngest audiences, with Jumpin' Beans. In 1987, the first performance for newborns, Joëlle Rouland’s L'oiseau serein, was presented in France, at the same time as Italy’s La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi began their career with Acqua. La Baracca's founders and Valeria Frabetti, were invited by staff at a Bologna nido to develop a workshop, a performance, for their children aged from 3 months to 5 years; this project, which became Acqua, has a claim to be the first non-English production staged for this age group. Over the following 25 years, La Baracca has been at the forefront of research and creation of theatre experiences for younger audiences, with thirty different plays now produced for the under-fives.

Notable theatre companies now producing TEY performances include Windmill Theatre and Polyglot Theatre, Toihaus Theater, Théâtre de la Guimbarde, Teater My, Polka Theatre, Peut-Être Theatre and Theatre-Rites, Athénor and Compagnie ACTA, HELIOS Theater and Theater o. N. Replay Theatre, Teater Fot, Teatr Atofri, Companhia de Música Teatral, Ion Creangă, Starcatchers and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Magnet Theatre, La Casa Incierta, Ögonblicksteatern and Unga Klara, Imagination Stage, Stages Theatre Company and Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis and Alliance Theatre for the Very Young and Theatr Iolo. There are several organisations and campaigning groups whose influence has been key to the growth of TEY ASSITEJ, the EU Programme of Culture 2000 Glitterbird Project and the Small Size network. All mainstream performance art forms have been adapted for Early Years audiences, including theatre, opera, musical theatre, classical music, art installations and puppetry. In theatrical productions, forms vary widely.

Fairy tales, picture books and traditional children’s literature have all provided inspiration for narrative productions, as have commercial TV and film franchises, such as Sesame Street and Disney on Ice. Other productions use more abstract, postdramatic forms. Francoise Gerbaulet, French theatre maker, has noted "I am always surprised by the seriousness of infant spectators. Babies do not understand, they absorb, the sound of voices, the music of words, fear, violence, they absorb them all... Babies are ideal spectators". Despite occasional productions derived wholly from the suggestions of young children, TEY tends to be created by adults and never features professional baby performers, although in the UK this is technically allowable under the UK Government’s The Children Regulations 1968; the presence of chaperones is universal, due to the obvious ethical impossibility of separating a young child from all caregivers. Productions tend to be intimate with small audiences. There is no fourth wall in TEY, as actors are communicating with spectators throughout.

Multisensory experiences use sound, touch and taste to engage with their audiences. The needs of the young, including feeding and going to the toilet, are considered by TEY practitioners. TEY can be defined by its purposeful design, with experiences crafted for babies and their adult companions. Theatre